Department of Physical Therapy

The physical therapy program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences was established in 1967, and was first accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1970.


The national exam first time pass rate for 2018 graduates of UND's Physical Therapy program


Physical Therapists practicing in North Dakota who graduated from UND


Total UND Physical Therapy graduates to date

The Department of Physical Therapy is located in the new School of Medicine & Health Sciences building. The building is a 325,000 square-foot, four-story building designed with a North-South oriented “Main Street” around which there are clusters of classrooms, small-group rooms, an auditorium, simulation center, anatomy labs, and learning communities. PT faculty offices and most of the classes are located on the third floor of the building.

The faculty are involved in research activities including motion analysis, electromyography, balance testing and training, muscle strengthening, ergonomics, functional outcomes, pediatric intervention, and physical therapy intervention efficacies. As part of the curriculum, students are given the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to complete research activities.

We partner with over 250 clinical sites, the majority of which lie outside the greater Grand Forks area.


The physical therapy program at the University of North Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria VA 22314. 703.706.3245; Website: . If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. David Relling at 701.777.2831 or email