About School of Physical Therapy

Founded in 2012, UIW's School of Physical Therapy is one of only two physical therapy programs in a Catholic institution located in the southern tier of the U.S.

We are proud of our Catholic identity, which establishes solid foundations for open discussion, respectful deliberation, the search for truth in a context of excellence, and engagement with our community.

Our graduates are primary care healthcare professionals prepared to function collaboratively in diverse global environments as knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, caring, resourceful, confident, ethical and legal physical therapists. Every graduate of our inaugural class obtained jobs in their field, and our employment rate has consistently been close to 100% since then.


Rooted in Health

  • We trace our roots to 1869, when the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word heeded a call from the Catholic bishop of Texas to care for the multitude of sick, infirm and orphaned in the Texas frontier.
  • The Sisters arrived in San Antonio (pop. 12,000) and built the region’s first public hospital — Santa Rosa Infirmary (now CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital and CHRISTUS Health System).
  • The Sisters announced that the hospital would be open to "all persons without distinction of nationality or creed."
  • On Dec. 3, 1869, the day of the hospital's opening, the nine-bed hospital admitted eight patients.
  • Over time, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word pioneered the idea of a total system of medical care that would offer the latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment facilities to care for the mind, body and spirit of all the inhabitants of San Antonio and South Texas.

School of Physical Therapy Highlights

  • 33-month program, includes 44 weeks of clinical education
  • The School of Physical Therapy Community Clinic provides high-quality care to underserved populations and hands-on experience for students
  • Collaborative practice opportunities with students from the schools of Nursing & Health Professions, Optometry and Pharmacy
  • 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facilities
  • 98% pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam
  • International service learning opportunities in Mexico, Germany and Italy

School of Physical Therapy Accreditations

Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of the Incarnate Word.

The entry-level Problem-Based Learning Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://capteonline.org.


CAPTE Compliance

The Policy for Compliance with Accreditation Policies and Procedures defines the procedures for maintaining ongoing compliance with CAPTE criteria and standards. The School of Physical Therapy, through its policies and procedures, is committed to assuring compliance with the evaluative criteria established by CAPTE.


The School of Physical Therapy is committed to maintaining complete compliance with all accreditation criteria as prescribed by CAPTE. This includes but is not limited to timely submission of all required documents including:

  • Annual Accreditation Reports (AAR)
  • Self-study Reports
  • Program data related to admission, graduation, and outcome measures
  • Timely submission of all fees associated with CAPTE accreditation
  • Timely notice of any planned or unexpected substantive program changes
  • Timely notice of institutional factors which may affect the program
  • Timely remediation of any situation which may result in CAPTE noncompliance


The Dean or designee(s) is responsible for maintaining CAPTE compliance (UIW Faculty Handbook, Organization/Governance – Academic Deans Roles and Responsibilities; Chapter 2: 17. May 2014)

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 210-283-6477 or email dptadmissions@uiwtx.edu. The School of Physical Therapy at the University of the Incarnate Word at is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org