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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

Kara NeelFirst recipient of Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT Memorial Scholarship announced

UIW School of Physical Therapy student Kara Neel has been named the first recipient of the Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT Memorial Scholarship. Originally from Kingwood, TX, Neel graduated from UIW in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences and minor in Psychology. While an undergraduate student, she was on the UIW swim team and was part of the Residence Life team as a Resident Assistant. She was recently certified as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She looks forward to pursuing her goal of becoming a physical therapist and is thankful for the opportunity to continue her education at UIW.

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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