Physical Therapy Department

25 West Independence Way, Suite J, Kingston, RI 02881

Clinic: 401.874.2006Administrative staff: 401.874.5001

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Quick Facts

  • Enrollment: 30-32 students accepted each year
  • Faculty: 9 full-time, 15 adjunct
  • Licensure pass rates for the past three years:
    Year 1st time pass rate Ultimate pass rate
    2015 97 percent 100 percent
    2014 96 percent 100 percent
    2013 96 percent 100 percent
  • Employment rates for graduates: Based on graduate surveys, 100% of graduates wishing to be employed are employed.
Year Graduated Rate Employment Rate
2015 33 92 100
2014 28 97 100
2013 27 96 100

2017-18 Student Handbook

2016-17 Student Handbook

2015-16 Student Handbook



The Physical Therapy Program at URI is a fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Through an intensive three-year course of study, you’ll learn about basic sciences, evaluative and treatment theories, intervention techniques, professional issues analysis, and skills development to allow autonomous practice.

The Physical Therapy Department is located in the Independence Square Building off Route 138 on the west end of campus. The Department offices and classrooms are located in the east wing of the building and are most easily accessed through the northeast doors. The close proximity of the Department to the University Physical Therapy Clinic and other agencies and groups in the Independence Square Building is unique, and encourages collaboration in service, research, and instruction.


Program Philosophy

The faculty and staff of the Physical Therapy program believe:

  • In the inherent worth of the individual and that all individuals, in light of their unique qualities, should be given opportunities to develop to their fullest potential.
  • That behavior in all encounters will be at the professional level.
  • That graduates of the program must be prepared as generalists capable of functioning at entry level in a variety of settings.
  • That the curriculum of the Physical Therapy program is based on an accumulation of both empirical and applied evidence.
  • That scholarly activity is an integral part of clinical practice.
  • That all physical therapists should be doctors of physical therapy who function autonomously and are the provider of choice for movement related concerns.
  • That lifelong learning is critical to the continued competence of a profession and professional.
  • That service to the profession and the community will benefit both the individual and the profession.


Mission Statement

The Physical Therapy faculty is dedicated to graduating doctors of physical therapy competent in providing physical therapy to a variety of patient/client populations in Rhode Island and nationwide; who value the need for and use of evidence in practice; who are committed to professional development through life-long learning; and are active contributors to their professional and social communities. The faculty aspires to advance the theory and practice of physical therapy and provide service to the University, State, and Nation, through works that promote the profession, interacting communities and related disciplines.

The Program is highly selective and seeks candidates who exhibit a combination of success in the sciences, a broad understanding of physical therapy practice, dedication to their community, and potential for success in the Program. The curriculum is designed to challenge students toward excellence in clinical practice, professional behavior, and service.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

Cognitive Functions
1. Comprehend, integrate and analyze complex information from program content and apply it in laboratory, simulated and real patient situations.
2. Effectively and efficiently utilize classroom, laboratory and experiential information to create interventions for real and simulated patients.
3. Access, critique and analyze information from the professional literature, clinical experience and patient input to provide evidence-based interventions.
4. Demonstrate the ability to utilize teaching and learning theory to appropriately educate patients, students, colleagues, peers, the general public/community groups and other health professionals.
5. Assess movement dysfunction and efficiently develop an appropriate plan of care.
6. Properly document physical therapy assessment and plan of care.
7. Demonstrate legally and ethically sound leadership and management skills in patient care and other situations.
8. Identify and analyze factors affecting the health of society, healthcare policy, access, delivery and quality and demonstrate the ability to create prevention and health programs to meet the needs of various patients and community populations in various settings.
9. Utilize professional skills, knowledge and community resources to advocate for patients and members of the community.
10. Consider and integrate knowledge and evidence about psychosocial interaction/factors, diversity and cultural competence in all aspects of practice.

Affective Functions
1. Establish professional, respectful, empathic relationships with individuals from a variety of lifestyles, cultures, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities.
2. Develop and maintain effective professional, peer, patients/client and family, and community relationships.
3. Work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
4. Utilize effective, appropriate, informative and culturally sensitive communication with patients, families, colleagues and others.
5. Identify and address the psychosocial impact of movement dysfunction and disability and plan care accordingly.
6. Demonstrate adherence to deadlines and time constraints in practice.
7. Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage stress during all peer and patient interactions.
8. Practice and delegate responsibilities in a safe, ethical, and legal manner, following guidelines established by federal, state, and local law, the University, clinical facilities, the American Physical Therapy Association, and related professional organizations.
9. Demonstrate responsibility for self-assessment, professional development, and life-long learning.
10. Respond to sensitive patient situations and emergencies in a calm, safe, and professional manner.
11. Utilize effective and proper English grammar in spoken and written communication.
12. Interpret the verbal, non-verbal, and written communications of others and respond in an appropriate, professional manner.
13. Place the needs of the patient before his/her own.

Psychomotor Functions
1. Safely, reliably, and efficiently evaluate and provide interventions that are consistent with currently established best practices to patients across the lifespan.
2. Effectively and consistently practice standard precautions.
3. Effectively read instructions, manipulate and safely operate physical therapy equipment and devices.



The Doctoral Physical Program at the University of Rhode Island is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Accreditation by CAPTE is a statement that a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education program meets the standards for quality set by the profession in areas including educational experiences, faculty, resources and student outcomes. Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to take the national licensing exam. The University of Rhode Island has consistently been awarded the maximal accreditation level.

Comments, complaints, or concerns about the URI PT Program can be mailed to the American Physical Therapy Association, Attention: Accreditation Department, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; Fax: 703-684-7343; or emailed to





The University of Rhode Island’s Physical Therapy Program is a member in good standing in the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)


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