Rockhurst University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Rockhurst University



Rockhurst University (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 10/18/2004
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Rockhurst University
123 Van Ackeren
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone:   (816)501-4059
Fax:   (816)501-4643
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (816)501-4059
Financial Aid Phone:   (816)501-4600
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1985 (no longer offered) Master's degree, February 1993 (no longer offered) DPT degree, April 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
This nine semester (3 full calendar year) program is designed to educate the student as a general practitioner in physical therapy. An emphasis on critical thinking and ethical decision-making provides the basis for a systems-based curriculum which promotes the delivery of effective and compassionate patient care. The University’s mission of “Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition” is reflected in all aspects of the physical therapy program.
Students participate in short-term, part-time clinical experiences during the first year of the program. In the second year, students complete a short-term, full-time clinical experience. Beginning in the third year, students participate in 33 weeks of full-time clinical experience, including a specialty assignment of their choice. Students are required to participate in a variety of clinical experiences, consistent with the general practice of physical therapy. Clinical sites are available throughout the United States.
There are seven full-time and five part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 86% hold postprofessional doctoral degrees, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged one publication in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.
Total enrollment for Rockhurst University is approximately 3,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts up to 40 students each year. Total current enrollment is 72 students (19 men, 53 women).
Graduate school applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment and should have a cumulative and science grade point average of at least 3.00. Prerequisites include English, communication, ethics, , , , biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, physics, developmental psychology, and statistics. Prospective students can get more information about the program online at and can apply online at 80% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
85% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 95.8% of graduates pass the licensure examination on first try, 100% on re-take (3-year average). 100% of graduates responding to surveys reported finding a job within six months of graduation (3-year average).
Tuition is $490 per credit for graduate students. Room and board is estimated at $2,425 to $2,895, depending upon accommodations and occupancy. Ninety percent of the full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid. For undergraduates, 62% of the total dollars from the institution are in the form of grants. Loans and work-study programs are also available. Seventy percent of full-time graduate students receive financial aid, which is primarily in the form of loans.
Located in Kansas City, the Rockhurst University comprises 10 buildings. Eighty-two percent of the freshmen and 63% of the sophomores live on campus in dorms. The student body is diverse, with representatives from 26 states and 20 foreign countries. A townhouse complex is available for upperclassmen and graduate students. Intercollegiate athletics include soccer, cross country, tennis, golf, volleyball, basketball, tennis, softball, and baseball. The airport is 35 miles from the campus.