Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

doctor of physical therapy (dpt) student practicing on client

Kosair Charities School of Physical Therapy

Become a compassionate, caring and skilled physical therapist. Join our first class in Fall 2023.

Spalding University’s new School of Physical Therapy offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) * degree for aspiring physical therapists. This entry-level DPT is a hybrid, low-residency program. Classes are a mix of online lectures and monthly onsite lab experiences. A post-professional DPT (transitional DPT) for practicing clinicians will also be offered with all classes 100% online. With both tracks (see a breakdown of each), you can pursue your doctorate in a space that’s convenient for you—your home or anywhere you choose.


Do you have your bachelor’s degree or are you in your last year of undergraduate study? Our entry-level DPT program provides a direct path to earning your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Low residency, hybrid format

110 credit hours

  • Online classes and lectures (68 credit hours)
  • Onsite immersive labs one week per month (26 credit hours)
  • Clinicals (16 credit hours, 32 weeks)

Fall 2023 start date

48 students per cohort


Are you a licensed, practicing physical therapist looking to advance your career? Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in our post-professional DPT program.

100% online format

30 credit hours (may be eligible to transfer up to 10 hrs)

  • Online classes and lectures (18 credit hours)
  • Capstone (2 credit hours)

Rolling admissions

10 students per cohort

Why our DPT?

Earning your DPT degree is convenient and attainable at Spalding University—a leader in healthcare education in Kentucky.

As a student in our program, you’ll learn alongside peers from all over the country and work with an accomplished, supportive faculty. Our professors have decades of clinical practice and online teaching experience.

As an entry-level DPT student, you’ll have in-person, immersive lab experiences in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to physical therapy. This nearly 22,000 sq. ft. facility includes anatomy and skills labs as well as student lounge and study space.

Doctor of Physical Therapy building architect rendering

Join a healthcare profession that’s in demand.

The job market for physical therapists is expected to grow at a rate greater than the national average over the next 10 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-29). There is also a projected positive employment change of 47,000.

When you graduate from Spalding’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference in the lives of your clients. You will also serve an important role in a healthcare profession that’s in demand.

Take the first step, learn more about our program.

Program Accreditation for Entry-Level Program

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Spalding University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2021, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though the achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Program Accreditation for Post-Professional Program

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not apply to post-professional physical therapy programs.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement

Spalding University is an equal-opportunity educational institution. The University does not discriminate against otherwise qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.


Jill Gaines, Director
Spalding University
(502) 500-2803