Physical Therapy Department

25 West Independence Way, Suite J, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5001 (p); 401.874.5630 (f)

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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
    2013 96 percent 100 percent
    2012 91 percent 100 percent
    2011 91 percent 100 percen
  • Employment rates for graduates: Based on graduate surveys, 100% of graduates wishing to be employed are.


Year Graduated Rate  Employment Rate
2013 27 93 100
2012 33 84 100
2011 33 97 100



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 on Route 138 on the west end of campus. 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.


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 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




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