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Dept of Physical Therapy Overview

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The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most highly regarded physical therapy educational programs in the United States. Pitt PT is currently ranked 1st in the nation according to the latest surveys of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. We graduate PTs who are prepared to be change agents in transforming health care.

PT Chair Jay Irrgang

Message from our Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the most prestigious physical therapy programs in the U.S. We are delighted that you're visiting our website. Whether you are seeking entry-level professional training, advanced training in physical therapy or doctoral research training, we encourage you to explore the endless opportunities that exist here at Pitt. Read full message from our Department Chair.

PT students in classroom
Student practicing skills in class


The Department of Physical Therapy's mission is to advance the profession of physical therapy through education, scholarly activity and professional service. Learn more about Pitt PT and its long-standing tradition of excellence.

Faculty with student doing stability testing


Our faculty engage in nationally recognized research that moves the profession forward. 

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Continuing Education

View a list of upcoming classes and events.

SHRS Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Irrgang