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Dean's Welcome

Goulet Welcome

 Welcome to the University of the Incarnate Word

School of Physical Therapy


"Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

APTA Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession



Moment for Reflection

A Mission in Today's World


It is my pleasure to share information about our programs, faculty, and all that you need to know to make an informed decision about your future. Deciding which health profession school to attend is an important decision as a future healthcare professional. You need to be mindful of what is important to you, and deliberate in choosing the program that best fits you.

One of two physical therapy programs in a Catholic institution in the southern tier of the US, 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. We embrace the University core values of education, truth, faith, service and innovation.The mission of the School of Physical Therapy is to educate physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, patient-centered practice, and scholarly activities, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society

The Faculty is committed to graduating general practitioners who are self-directed lifelong  learners, and who address patient and societal needs through evidence-based  decision making, and promote the achievement of societal health goals. The School of Physical Therapy offers two distinct programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy: a post-baccalaureate entry-level program offered to applicants that are not currently physical therapists, and a post-professional online program offered to US licensed physical therapists. We endeavor to graduate primary care healthcare professionals prepared to function collaboratively in diverse global environments as knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, caring, resourceful, confident, ethical, and legal physical therapists..

I invite you to come visit our beautiful facility located off-campus in NW San Antonio at the corner of Tezel and Guilbeau roads.You will have an opportunity to meet our faculty and staff who offer both breadth and depth of academic and clinical experiences having graduated from programs in CA, CO, FL, MO, NC, NE, TX and Canada. We currently have 19 full-time faculty members, all with doctoral degrees, and more than half with PhD, EdD or DSc degrees and as many with board certification in geriatrics, orthopedics, pediatrics or sports. The School's Director of Enrollment will help you navigate the admission process, and our dedicated Academic Success Counselor is here to guide you throughout the program. Our students come from all over the United States; the amazing diversity of the student body reflects that of the institution and of south Texas.

Come experience our student-centered integrated problem-based learning curriculum which places the student in a position of active responsibility for learning and mastering content. In small groups, students learn new material by confronting and solving problems in the form of a clinical patient case. The entry-level program is offered over eight contiguous semesters (33 months) and includes 44 weeks of professional practice education with the opportunity to explore emerging roles of physical therapists.

Our innovative curriculum has a strong focus on values, ethics, social accountability, experiential learning and community engagement, as well as on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. During the course of the program, you will have opportunities to interact with students from athletic training, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy, as well as to experience first hand the state of healthcare in south Texas border towns, Germany, Italy, and Mexico. 


On behalf of the Faculty, Staff and students, thank you for your interest in UIW School of Physical Therapy programs.



Caroline Goulet, PT, PhD, FNAP

Founding Dean, School of Physical Therapy