Physical Therapy

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy. The Howard University Physical Therapy program offers an accredited program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, which have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

The Howard University physical therapy program requires applicants to earn a bachelor's degree prior to admission into the professional DPT program. Students in this program are exposed to cutting edge research and practice in the field of physical therapy. The Physical Therapy program at Howard attracts national and international students with high academic achievement.

The mission of PT professional education is to graduate knowledgeable, service-oriented practitioners who, by virtue of critical and integrative thinking render independent, evidence-based judgments concerning patient/client needs. Learning experiences are provided under the guidance and supervision of competent faculty, in both the classroom and the clinic.

For further information about our program, please contact the main office at 202-806-7615.


Effective November 12, 2014, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Howard University has been placed on probation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: Probation is an accredited status; however, probation signals that the program’s accreditation is in jeopardy if the issues identified by CAPTE are not resolved in a timely manner.​

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination, and are entitled to full membership in the professional organization, the American Physical Therapy Association. Information regarding state licensure can be obtained from the individual licensing boards. 

Howard University is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation: During the period of 2011-2013, 85% of enrolled students graduated.
  • Licensure: The board passage rate for 2010-2012 is 74.4%.
  • Employment: 100% of graduates seeking employment as physical therapists from 2011-2013 have been successful