Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    Prepare to practice contemporary physical therapy from a service-oriented Christian world-view.

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    Enter a health care profession with a projected 22% job growth.

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    Participate in a two-week medical missions practicum in Zambia Africa.

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PT logoThe Physical Therapy Program is a three-year graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Our program is the first of its kind offered among universities within the fellowship of churches of Christ.

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.

In efforts to encourage a global perspective, we provide students the opportunity to participate in a two-week medical missions practicum in Zambia Africa. The students stay within Harding facilities (HIZ) and travel to villages in the nearby area.

Zambia Mission


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Harding University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 501-279-5990 or email

Program Outcomes

The performance of DPT Harding graduates is as follows:

 Graduation Rate:

  • 2014 Graduation rate - 87.5%
  • 2015 Graduation rate - 85.3%
  • 2016 Graduation rate - 93.9%
  • 2017 Graduation rate - 93.5%
  • 2018 Graduation rate - 84.9%
  • 2019 Graduation rate - 91.9%

NPTE Pass Rate:

        The first time pass rate for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE):

  • 2014 pass rate – 100%
  • 2015 pass rate – 100%
  • 2016 pass rate – 96.8%
  • 2017 pass rate - 100%
  • 2018 pass rate - 100%
  • 2019 pass rate - 97%

Employment Rate:

       100%  (of those seeking employment)

Complaints regarding the Program

The HUPT program takes seriously all program-related complaints.

It is preferred that the complaint be in writing, however a complaint may be relayed to the Program Director verbally.  (See attached form.)   The Director shall, based upon the complaint and information from such, conduct further investigation if deemed necessary.  He shall promptly determine the facts surrounding the issue, determine the validity of the complaint, and resolve the issue; however, where the Director deems it necessary or appropriate, the matter shall be considered by the Dean of the College of Allied Health and/or the Assistant Provost for Health Sciences.   If it relates to a clinical education matter, the Director of Clinical Education is involved.   If the complaint is in regard to the Program Director, the Dean of the College of Allied Health will directly conduct the investigation.  If, as a result of the investigation, it is determined action is needed, corrective action will be taken promptly.  All investigations of complaints are reported to the Dean of Allied Health. If, after review by the Dean, further actions are deemed necessary, the Program Director will act in accordance with decisions made by the Dean.   In any case, the Director will reply in writing to the complainant.

Complaint Form.pdf

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
Physical Therapy
915 E. Market Ave.
Box 12292
Searcy, AR 72149-5615