US Army-Baylor University

Information about Physical Therapist program at US Army-Baylor University




US Army-Baylor University (A4, D6, D7, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 09/13/2005
Address:   Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
US Army-Baylor University
3151 Scott Rd, Suite 1230
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6138
Phone:   (210)221-8410 ext. 6457
Fax:   (210)221-7585
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Josef H Moore, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC
COL US Army, Associate Professor & Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, 1949 (no longer offered); DPT degree, April 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT academic program comprises 14 months of didactic preparation and 13 months of clinical experience. It includes a research requirement, a comprehensive oral examination, and a final clinical internship. The curriculum is presented on a regional approach, with the anatomy of a region being presented followed by pathology, evaluation, and treatment of the same region. Students are usually in class approximately 35 hours per week. The program has eight full-time faculty and utilizes clinicians from local military and civilian facilities to complement the curriculum. Through close affiliation with military hospitals, patient interaction starts before actual clinical experiences.
Students begin training in August/September by attending Medical Department Officer Training for their branch of service. The physical therapy course begins in November, runs on a semester calendar, and is 27 months in length. Students are assigned to two 8-week, full-time clinical experiences at both civilian and military facilities. In addition, students complete the program with a 9-month, full-time physical therapy clinical internship at a military medical facility. At least one of these clinical experiences is generally outside of the local San Antonio area. Students are required to complete at least one clinical experience in an acute care setting, general orthopedics/musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment setting, and in an adult or pediatric neurological rehabilitation setting.
The program has eight full-time physical therapy faculty, all of whom are ABPTS board certified in at least one area of specialization. All eight hold terminal degrees, and are engaged in clinical practice and research. In addition, the program has two additional faculty members (anatomist & physiologist) with terminal degrees that are part of the core-teaching faculty. The faculty has an extensive publication record with an average of 3.3 peer-reviewed publications per faculty member per year. The faculty members serve as faculty research advisory committee members for four student-faculty collaborative research projects per year. On average, 60% of these projects go on to peer-reviewed publication. The faculty/student ratio is very low and averages 1:3.
Total enrollment in the physical therapy program is approximately 20 students from diverse backgrounds.
Individuals do not need to be in the military in order to submit an application. If they are accepted and agree to attend, they will become an officer in one branch of the four uniformed services. The basic prerequisites for consideration are: a bachelor's degree; the Graduate Record Exam; and all prerequisite courses including 3 semester hours of statistics; 4 semester hours of biology (w/lab); 6-8 semester hours of anatomy and physiology (w/lab); 8 semester hours in each: chemistry and physics (w/labs); 6 semester hours of psychology, and 3 additional semester hours of social science. Over the past 3 years applicants selected to attend the program have had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6; an average cumulative GRE score of 1162 (527 verbal); and an average prerequisite GPA of 3.6. Interested students should contact a Uniformed Service recruiter at 1-(800)818-6924 to receive an application. The deadline for submission of applications is December 1 for the class beginning the following Fall. MATRICULATION RATE: The matriculation rate for fully qualified applicants is approximately 50%. Uniformed Service recruiters prescreen a large number of applicants and those that do not meet the stringent eligibility requirements are not considered as fully qualified applicants. If the prescreened applicants are included, the matriculation rate is approximately 10%. ATTRITION RATE: The attrition rate is approximately 2%.
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 96% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates fulfill their military obligation when the graduate (3-year average)
All students are officers in the US Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service, and receive a salary commensurate with their rank. No tuition fees are assessed. Students are paid approximately $33,000 annually and incur a 7-year military obligation that includes the educational program.
Most students choose to live off the military post, although some married students may request to live in nearby military housing. Ft Sam Houston maintains a number of community support programs, including recreation, business, athletic, and youth and family support services. This post is located in the heart of San Antonio, a city with multiple cultural and entertainment events, ranging from rodeos, Fiesta Texas, NBA Spurs basketball, Sea World, and many Mexican and German heritage festivities. The city is served by public bus transportation and has a wide availability of higher learning institutions, where both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.