Oklahoma City Physical Therapy Universities with Degree Overviews

There are five schools within roughly 40 miles of Oklahoma City that have physical therapy degree programs. Read an overview of their admission and program requirements to find out which one is right for you.

Physical Therapy Schools in Oklahoma City

Students interested in physical therapy degree programs in the Oklahoma City area will have a few universities to choose from. To learn about training in this field and the academic opportunities offered in the area, check out the coursework and clinical experiences available at three schools. There's also a table included in this article that offers statistics on the featured institutions.

  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is located less than three miles from downtown Oklahoma City and offers a doctorate in physical therapy.
  • A second option for students is Langston University, located about 36 miles from central Oklahoma City in Langston, OK. This school offers an entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy.
  • Situated about 12 miles from Oklahoma City's downtown area, Southern Nazarene University is based out of Bethany, OK. The school offers a pre-physical therapy concentration within its baccalaureate program in kinesiology.

Comparison of Schools

Get to know more about the profiled physical therapy schools in the following table. It contains several figures and details -- in areas like tuition, retention and student enrollment -- to help you make an informed decision.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Langston University Southern Nazarene University
School Type* Four-year, public Four-year, public Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017-2018)* 3,139 (786 undergraduates) 2,219 (2,033 undergraduates) 2,165 (1,521 undergraduates)
Campus Setting* Large city Distant rural Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $7,081 for in-state and $21,740 for out-of-state residents (graduate) $4,683 for in-state and $9,741 for out-of-state residents (graduate) $25,178 (undergraduates)
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 42% (grant or scholarship aid); 64% (federal student loans) of first-time students enrolled full-time 80% of first-year students enrolled full-time 93% of first-year students enrolled full-time
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017)* No information available N/A - Open admissions policy N/A - Open admission policy
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* No information available 55% for full-time students 72% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2011)* No information available 9% graduated within 150% of 'normal time' 45% graduated within 150% of 'normal time'

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

The University of Oklahoma was established in Norman, OK, in 1890, and 20 years later the health sciences branch of the university opened in Oklahoma City. Comprised of seven health-related colleges, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) awards mainly graduate degrees and has an annual enrollment of more than 4,000. Through the College of Allied Health and Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the university offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The DPT program at OUHSC is a comprehensive program beginning in the summer that integrates lectures and clinical training. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to take the national licensure examination to become a licensed physical therapist. Before students can be accepted to the program they are required to take a handful of prerequisites, including psychology, anatomy, physics and statistics. This is a rigorous, three-year program in which students will take a variety of courses within the physical therapy curriculum, as well as several intensive clinical experiences.

Langston University

Langston University was established in 1897 and is the only historically black school in Oklahoma. Within the School of Physical Therapy, Langston offers an entry-level and post-professional doctorate in physical therapy. The program has a graduate and employment rate of 100%.

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy

The entry-level doctoral program at Langston is designed to prepare individuals to become qualified to work as physical therapists. This program requires that students complete a variety of prerequisite courses, including physics, psychology, human anatomy and medical terminology, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Coursework for this three-year program includes neuroscience, research methods, public policy, pharmacology, nutrition science and geriatric physical therapy. In addition to the required coursework, students will participate in several clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings. The majority of these clinical experiences are during the student's third year of study.

Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University was established in 1899 and is a Christian university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The university offers associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees through a variety of programs and serves more than 2,000 students annually. Through the Department of Kinesiology, the school offers a concentration in pre-physical therapy that will give students the foundation to enroll in a master's or doctoral program in physical therapy. SNU works closely with OUHSC to provide students with a transferrable curriculum that will work towards the DPT program.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program consists of core credits including foundations of kinesiology, human anatomy, statistical methods, exercise physiology, therapeutic modalities and human development. In order to receive a concentration in pre-physical therapy students must take four additional credits in a general physics. Students are also required to participate in a 270-hour internship in their area of specialty. Upon completion of the program, students will hold a baccalaureate degree in kinesiology and will have fulfilled the prerequisites necessary to enter into an advanced degree in physical therapy.


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