Top-Quality Physical Therapy Education

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. Physical therapists can have a profound effect on people’s lives. They help people achieve fitness goals, regain or maintain their independence and lead active lives. Our approach to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree sets you apart when you first enter the job market and long after. Problem-Based Learning with 34 weeks of clinical experience and patient interaction starting in the first year at the School of Physical Therapy's Community Clinic gives you unmatched skill and confidence.

Community Clinic

The UIW School of Physical Therapy offers free physical and occupational therapy services for individuals age 13 and older who are not eligible for Medicare benefits. The clinic serves the under- and uninsured and those who do not have physical or occupational therapy benefits as part of their health insurance coverage or who have exhausted their yearly benefit. Care is provided by students supervised by faculty. Every semester from the beginning of the program, each student spends 7-8 hours in the clinic.

Sports Residency

A residency in Sports Physical Therapy provides the physical therapist with an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in sports physical therapy. This includes the development of a theoretical rationale for evaluation and treatment skills and the attainment of clinical reasoning processes necessary to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate injuries in an active population. The sports physical therapy residency program will provide the resident with clinical experience under a recognized clinical expert's mentorship.

ABPTRFE has granted the University of the Incarnate Word-Sports Residency candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.