WELCOME to Harding University’s Physical Therapy Program (HUPT) webpage. HUPT is a three-year graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This website has been designed to inform you about Harding’s Physical Therapy Program and provide information that includes the DPT program prerequisites and the application process. We hope that the site will answer many of your questions about the program. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us directly at (501) 279-5990. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.
Harding’s Physical Therapy Program is the first of its kind offered among universities within the fellowship of churches of Christ.Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have limited use of their bodies whether due to injury, disease or disability. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapy is an area that will experience significant employment growth in the next decade. From 2008 to 2018, it is projected that the number of physical therapists will grow by 30 percent — a net increase of nearly 8,000 positions.
HUPT desires to graduate physical therapists who accept the responsibility of improving the spiritual and physical wellness of the world by providing patient-centered care that ensures optimal physical therapy outcomes delivered through the highest standards of Christian service.
The inaugural class of 24 students began their studies in the fall of 2011. For the fall 2012 and succeeding years, it is anticipated that the program will accept 35 students each year.
Effective August 2, 2011, Harding University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.