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ASU’s Physical Therapy Department provides opportunities for interactive learning in our problem-oriented, competency-based curriculum focused on primary body systems (cardiopulmonary, integumentary, musculoskeletal and neurosensory). The experienced professional faculty provide an exceptional blend of educational, research and clinical expertise for students desiring a career in physical therapy.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

ASU’s Physical Therapy Department offers a fully accredited, contemporary, 36-month entry-level graduate professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). Students begin their lock step, sequenced professional course of study in their first summer term to complete the full-time curricular course of study. Up to 26 individuals will be recommended to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for admission into the D.P.T. program. The program offers several opportunities rarely found elsewhere in other Texas physical therapy programs:

  • An unparalleled Carr Graduate Scholarship Program offering a distinctive scholarship opportunity to highly qualified students to earn their D.P.T. degree with most tuition paid.
  • Faculty-to-student ratio.
  • 100 percent licensure pass rate for the DPT program 2012-2014 or 98.80 percent licensure pass rate and 100 percent employment rate of all licensed graduates seeking employment (calculation based on average since program inception, graduates of 2002-14).
  • An affordable program in the state of Texas.
  • Clinical integration begins early in the curriculum.

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

The ASU Physical Therapy Department was granted full accreditation by the CAPTE on October 30, 2002. The accredited program was initially for a Master of Physical Therapy, but has since converted to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), which gained final approval through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on January 29, 2009. The first D.P.T. class matriculated in the summer of 2009 with the first graduation on May 12, 2012. Current accreditation is in place until June 30, 2018.


The Physical Therapy Department houses state-of-the-science facilities. This includes six skills laboratories available for manual therapy, orthopedic and wound care instruction, electrotherapy, gait analysis, and neuroscience. Four dedicated faculty/student research labs, a fine motor motion analysis lab, a gross motor motion analysis lab, a human performance lab, and a motor control lab are designed to support student experiences and faculty/student research. Two multi-purpose classrooms and a human anatomy lab have also been dedicated to our program.

Program Comparison

Students should be aware that all physical therapist professional education programs in the United States are subject to accreditation “standards that assure quality and continuous improvement in the entry-level preparation of physical therapists, and reflect the evolving nature of education, research, and practice.” While the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizes that there are proprietary organizations that rank physical therapist education programs, the profession encourages prospective students to provide their own comparisons through careful examination of information on program and APTA websites, and visits to the campuses to talk with enrolled students and program faculty.

Mission of the Physical Therapy Department

The mission of the physical therapy program at Angelo State University is to contribute to the knowledge of the field, prepare autonomous practitioners, and provide valuable service to meet the needs of the community. Through this mission, graduates of the physical therapy program are prepared to:

  • Provide the highest level of service with professionalism and sensitivity for the uniqueness of all individuals
  • Apply the principles of logic and the scientific method
  • Engage in clinical decision making and problem solving based on examination and intervention choices that are defensible and reflect evidence-based practice
  • Provide coordination, communication and documentation consistent with a collaborative team approach
  • Serve as advocates and educators for clients and the profession
  • Uphold a high level of legal and ethical practice
  • Become active participants in organizations and/or endeavors that promote the values of the profession

Philosophy of the Physical Therapy Department

The profession of physical therapy is an integral and essential part of the healthcare delivery system.  The primary purpose of physical therapy is to promote, restore and maintain optimal human function by providing high quality care to society members of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of practice environments.

The physical therapy program at Angelo State University recognizes its responsibilities as part of a research, teaching and service institution.  The challenge of discovering new knowledge complements the opportunity of faculty to prepare students who will provide compassionate, efficacious and defensible examinations, interventions and referrals to the residents of the community.  The faculty will make contributions to the scholarship, teaching, and service roles required by professional education at the graduate level.

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Graduating 2013 & 2014 DPT students obtain 100% first-Time pass rate on licensure exam!

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Early and regular admission are now closed. admission for 2016 cohort will open august 2015

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Physical Therapy Events

April 10th, 2015

  • 12:00pm: Clinical Instructor Course Registration Want more instruction in a clinical setting? Need to get your CCUs in? We are offering a Basic Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course here at Angelo State University.

April 11th, 2015

  • : Clinical Instructor Course Registration Want more instruction in a clinical setting? Need to get your CCUs in? We are offering a Basic Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course here at Angelo State University.

April 28th, 2015

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: PT Lunch & Learn Failure is a part of every success story. Do not miss out on this experience that can benefit you for a lifetime! PT Lunch & Learn series presents “How to Fail Forward”

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Clinical Educators Website

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Physical Therapy Department
ASU Station #10923
San Angelo, TX 76909-0923
Phone: (325) 942-2545
Fax: (325) 942-2548

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Program Admission

Admission to ASU’s physical therapy program is selective and competitive. Meeting the baseline admission requirements for the College of Graduate Studies and the physical therapy program does not guarantee admission to the physical therapy program.

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Angelo State Physical Therapy Association (ASPTA)

Membership is open to any D.P.T. student attending Angelo State University.

The organization has been involved in a variety of community and university activities, including West Texas Rehab Center Spring Chicken Affair, KLST Fall Festival, campus bake sales, trick-or-treating for canned food, Special Olympics (FunFitness), Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding, and health fairs/screenings in the community and at ASU. Future activities may include blood drives, helping with elementary school field days, doing health consultation for the low-income groups, among others.


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