ADMISSIONS GUIDING PRINCIPLE: The Baylor University Doctor of Physical Therapy program admits, educates, and graduates accomplished individuals who are intellectually curious and culturally diverse. Ideal applicants are individuals driven to be passionate physical therapists who exemplify Baylor University’s mission of service.
Students applying to the DPT Program should have the requisite skills and demonstrated potential to navigate the academic rigors of a hybrid model of DPT education. Students should be mature adult learners with the ability, initiative, and flexibility to learn and work independently and collectively in online, onsite, and clinical environments. Additionally, students should have a reasonable level of technology literacy prior to the start of classes. These attributes prepare students for the demands of a challenging blended-learning curriculum and a dynamic profession.
Admission to the Graduate School at Baylor University is conducted by a formal application process and requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Qualified students will be admitted regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, or disability. Ultimate approval for admission to graduate study is given by the Dean of the Graduate School after careful review of the recommendation from the department to which you have applied.
On March 22, 2016, Baylor University became an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement's initiative known as SARA. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, some placements may also be subject to the rules of professional licensing boards, in which case the placement must also meet such requirements. SARA does not supersede professional requirements imposed by such boards. State authorizations can be quite complex depending on the student's home state. Students interested in Baylor University's online programs should check this site for updates, but also follow-up with local licensing agencies to determine any potential concerns within their home state. You may view the SARA directory and find additional here.
You are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state; it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state, before beginning the academic program located outside of your state.
It is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his/her home state to confirm whether our program, at Baylor, will meet the requirements for licensure in that state.
For more information about professional licensure for Doctor of Physical Therapy education, please click here.