Get to Know the UIW School of Physical Therapy

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Curriculum features Problem-Based Learning

Instead of simply memorizing facts, students are taught the process of clinical reasoning by using patient case studies. This provides the framework to learn concepts, ask questions, research possible answers and determine the relevance of that information.

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Global Connections

Students can learn from, with and about each other through immersion practice experiences in diverse environments such as participating in an interprofessional mission trip in Oaxaca, Mexico; assisting with clinical education in a rehabilitation center in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; working with IPETH physical therapy students in Puebla, Mexico; or practicing in various clinical sites in Italy.

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Scholarship Support

Endowments, individual gifts and foundation and industry support all help to provide School of Physical Therapy students financial support in the form of both need-based and merit-based scholarships.

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School of Physical Therapy by the Numbers

10:1 Student-to-faculty-ratio
98% Overall pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination
96% Employment rate
86% Faculty members with one or more board certifications

Student Spotlight

Mallory Ingram

2022-2023 recipient of Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT Memorial Scholarship announced

UIW School of Physical Therapy student, Mallory Ingram has been named the 2022-2023 recipient of the Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT Memorial Scholarship. Ingram is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She joins the Class of 2024 as she pursues her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of the Incarnate Word. Her passion for physical therapy started when she went through physical therapy following a soccer injury. She credits the physical therapists for allowing her to return to the game. Her goal is to graduate, gain experience in both outpatient and acute care settings as a Physical Therapist, then open a non-profit clinic within her community. Ingram grew up in Denton, Texas with her parents and younger sister. She enjoys volunteering, singing, and playing sodoku in her spare time.

The scholarship is named in memory of Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT '19, a beloved graduate of the UIW School of Physical Therapy. An exceptional student and accomplished athlete who exemplified the UIW Mission, Erin sadly passed away in September 2019.

Donate to the Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT, Memorial Scholarship Fund here.

School of Physical Therapy Mission

The School of Physical Therapy educates physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, holistic patient-centered practice, and scholarly activities, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society.

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Dean's Message

Thank you for your interest in the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy. It is my pleasure to share information about our program and faculty to help you make an informed decision about your future.

- Stephen Goffar, PT, DPT, PhD

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Contact the School of Physical Therapy

Address: 9160 Guilbeau Rd, San Antonio, TX 78250
Phone: (210) 283-6477
Email: dptadmissions@uiwtx.edu 

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Extending a healing hand while serving the community brings physical therapists a sense of purpose as they increase a patient’s overall functioning by relieving pain, restoring mobility, or rehabilitating an injury.

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