Auburn among top schools for placing students in physical therapy doctoral programs

December 16, 2021

Auburn University is ranked in the top 25 in the country for primary institutions attended by the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, or PTCAS, applicants. PTCA is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association and allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple Doctor of Physical Therapy, or DPT, programs.

According to the most recent data report, Auburn ranked 21st in the nation, with 59 applicants to physical therapy programs in 2018-2019.

For the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology, the data is encouraging. The two majors who have the highest acceptance rates into DPT programs are exercise science and kinesiology – making up approximately 52 percent of students.

“We have long believed in the School of Kinesiology that our exercise science program is second to none when preparing students for physical therapy school,” said Mary Rudisill, director of the school. “This data from PTCAS confirms what we believe – that exercise science students, in particular, are prepared to become physical therapists. Further, any degree in kinesiology can prepare students for physical therapy school. According to the report, 21 percent of applicants who were admitted had a kinesiology degree. This report substantiates the work we are doing to educate future physical therapists.”

More information about the School of Kinesiology’s undergraduate programs can be found online.


Miranda Nobles