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Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

The Department Physical Therapy and Athletic Training provides opportunities for collaboration in education, research, and clinical practice across the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, and sports medicine. This Department delivers a spectrum of educational offerings to train clinicians and scientists. Our presence in the College of Health, in a major health sciences center, and within a PAC-12 institution creates exciting prospects to advance clinical training and research. Our students experience impressive educational outcomes that position them for professional success in their chosen discipline. We strive to share our expertise to make a difference on a national and international scale and to effectively work toward better health for the communities we serve, including the University Health Care, the University of Utah Athletics Department, and the Intermountain region and Wasatch Front Community.

The degree options in the department are:

Athletic Training (BS)

This professional entry level degree is aimed at students who want to prepare to become certified athletic trainers. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

This entry level clinical doctorate degree is intended to prepare students to become physical therapists. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Master of Science in Sports Medicine (MS)

This degree is designed for certified / licensed Athletic Trainers to gain an advanced academic degree and mentored clinical practice.

Rehabilitation Science (PhD)

This degree is expected to prepare students to advance the scientific knowledge underlying the clinical practice of rehabilitation through the development of expertise in research, teaching, and professional service.