Welcome From the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford University.  We appreciate you taking the time to visit us and hope you do so in person in the near future.

photo of Matthew Ford, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Samford

The Doctor in Physical Therapy is a new program in the School of Health Professions. We are currently working on our application for candidacy for Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  While preparing for CAPTE this year, we will be accepting applications for our first DPT class, which will begin in June of 2015.

As prospective students begin exploring graduate PT programs, they have many questions:

  • How many students will be in a class? At Samford, there will be 35 students in each DPT class
  • Where will I have class or labs? Classes and labs will be held on campus here at Samford University in Birmingham,  Alabama.
  • Will the program have specialty areas? We will prepare DPT graduates for general practice, and we will have opportunities for students to explore their specific interests in PT prior to graduation.
  • What choices will I have for clinical affiliations? Our clinical education will occur in various settings throughout the United States and abroad.

The curriculum and department-related activities will be rooted in Samford University's core values. Foremost will be service to God, to family, to one another and to the community. Physical therapy graduate study requires rigorous work, and we are committed to promoting personal and professional growth, with the aim that each graduate becomes a service leader in his or her community. 

These are exciting times. We encourage you to explore the many options you have for graduate study in physical therapy to find the program that uniquely fits you.  Please check back with us often, and don't hesitate to contact us with questions about our program or the profession. 


Matthew P. Ford, Ph.D., PT
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy


*Effective April 29, 2015 Samford 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: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the programs is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.