Frequently Asked Questions

What is the clinical affiliation schedule?

Each student will participate in a short term (2 week) clinical experience at the end of the 3rd, 4th and 5th semesters. The first will be in conjunction with the General Medical Conditions course, and the latter two with the Musculoskeletal and Adult Neurorehabilitation/Pediatrics Rehabilitation courses. The Division of Physical Therapy’s Directors of Clinical Education (DCE) arrange clinical experiences which allow students to practice skills in settings that have patient populations with the conditions just learned in class. For example, the General Medical Conditions clinical experience will be oriented toward acute medical problems and conducted in an acute hospital setting, home health, or a skilled nursing facility. Short term clinical experiences are assigned to each student by the DCEs based on profiles submitted by the student, and with input from the course instructors as needed.

Long term internships are 10 week long experiences during your 6th and 7th semesters. Students are required to complete three internships; one in each of the following settings: acute care, inpatient or outpatient inter-disciplinary rehabilitation, and community outpatient. The DCEs request clinical opportunities from our clinical partners a year in advance. Not every partner can offer an opportunity every year, but most do. The students will be provided with a full slate of available opportunities, from which to select their experiences. At the end of the 5th semester, the students use an established process to negotiate with one another for clinical assignments.

Emory’s clinical partners are in the metro Atlanta area, greater Georgia, and across the nation (as distant as New England, California and Texas). Students generally do their short term experiences in the greater Atlanta metro area. The DCEs will survey the class with respect to willingness to travel, and place those students in facilities in greater GA that provided housing at no cost to the student, or allow the student to travel to locations where they could be hosted by friends and family. This is coordinated on an “as need” basis by the DCEs. Long term internships are different, with most students traveling out of Atlanta for at least one internship. Our local clinical partners are also committed to providing short term experiences to our program, as well as experiences to other physical therapy programs in the state. No one is guaranteed an affiliation in Atlanta during the long term internship cycle; therefore, students must budget accordingly for travel, room, and board.

Where are most of the sites located?

Emory has a contract with many clinical sites. The majority are in the greater Atlanta area. In addition students are assigned to sites in Georgia, such as in Athens, Gainesville, Rome, Albany, and Savannah. In addition to Georgia, we do have a number of facilities located across the nation. Though Emory has many clinical partners, a particular facility may or may not offer an opportunity every year. Locations also vary with respect to our national partners.

Can I set up my own clinical affiliation?

Typically no… The Directors of Education (DCEs) are consistently working to expand Emory’s list of clinical partners. The program has a very specific list of educational and facility requirements that must be met. The DCEs will speak to the matriculating class about any potential opportunities to provide them with information about prospective new clinical partners during the first year of the program.

Can I return to the clinic or hospital I used to work for?

No. Students are not assigned to facilities where they have worked or volunteered for a significant amount of time. Not only does the faculty want you to have new and different experiences from what you have been accustomed to, but also want to avoid any tendency for you to find yourself in a position where the expectation may be for you to maintain your old role and responsibilities, instead of your new role as a physical therapy student.

Are there any affiliations in Atlanta? How far do I have to drive for short term affiliations?

The vast majority of the short term clinicals are in Atlanta and its surrounding areas; some are closer than others. Most students have to drive between 10 minutes to approximately an hour and a half to get to their sites. Housing arrangements may be made for students who have to drive farther to cities like Athens, Rome, Gainesville, Albany, Savannah, etc. The Directors of Clinical Education try to alternate the travel time, amongst the students during the three short term experiences, while also accommodating preferences made on the student profile. Local and out of state sites vary from semester to semester and from year to year. Factors influencing a clinic’s ability to accept a student during a particular time frame are many and include a clinical instructor with interest and experience to supervise a student, and clinical problems consistent with classroom work.

What degree is offered by Emory University?

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) was approved in September, 2001. We discontinued the Master of Physical Therapy degree, so all applicants now apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Is Emory highly ranked?

Yes. Currently the Emory DPT program is ranked fifth (5th) in the nation by US News and World Report (as of 2016).

How long is the program?

The DPT program is on-going for nine continuous semesters (35 months).The program begins in mid June and finishes in May, 35 months later.

Are there research opportunities within the DPT program?

The DPT program requires all students to produce research with faculty mentorship. In addition, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available for students during their final semester to assist faculty in on-going research projects.

When do classes begin?

Classes will begin in mid-June.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the 2015-2016 year is $11,100 per semester.

What is the graduation rate for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Emory University?

Class Graduation Rate
Class of 2008 93%
Class of 2009 95%
Class of 2010 95%
Class of 2011 98%
Class of 2012 94.7%
Class of 2013 100%
Class of 2014 95.5%
Class of 2015 100%

What is the state licensure exam pass rate for Emory graduates?

Class Ultimate Pass Rate
Class of 2008 100%
Class of 2009 100%
Class of 2010 100%
Class of 2011 100%
Class of 2012 100%
Class of 2013 98.4%
Class of 2014 98.5%
Class of 2015 98.4%

What is the employment rate for Emory graduates?

Class 6 month employment rate
Class of 2008 100%
Class of 2009 100%
Class of 2010 100%
Class of 2011 100%
Class of 2012 100%
Class of 2013 100%
Class of 2014 100%
Class of 2015 100%

What courses do Emory DPT students take?

You can read course descriptions and see the semester schedule on the prospective students page.

What clinical facilities are associated with the Emory DPT program?

A list of clinical facilities can be found on the Clinical Affiliations page.

How are students selected for the program?

We do not have a rolling admissions process.

The admissions committee reviews each application and qualified applicants are invited for interviews in December. Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale and must take the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Preference is given to applicants with practical experience in physical therapy healthcare. Preference is also given to applicants showing academic achievement in the biological, physical, and social sciences.

Do you use PTCAS for your application?

Yes we do. See detailed information on the ‘Prospective Applicants’ page.

When should I apply?

Applications are available through PTCAS in July, 2016. Applicants should have their applications submitted with ALL supporting documents before October 17, 2016. Keep in mind that during peak application season, it takes several weeks before we receive your submitted application from PTCAS. Therefore, your application should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure that it is received on or before October 17, 2016. Please note that only qualified applicants who meet our admissions requirements are invited for interview.

Do you have interviews?

Yes. Applicants in the final stage of admission are asked to visit campus for a formal interview. Interviews will be held in January, 2017.

When do I receive admission decision after interview?

Admission decisions are made in late February through late March, 2017.

Is there a deadline after which applications will no longer be accepted?

Yes. Applications will not be accepted for the incoming class of 2017 after October 17, 2016.

Is there a minimum score requirement for the GRE?

Yes, there is a minimum score of 1,000 points (or 297 points on the new GRE taken after 7/31/11) for the combined Verbal and Quantitative and 3.0 on the Analytical Writing Score. Average scores for successful applicants in 2011 were 1136 for the combined Verbal and Quantitative scores and 4.00 for the Analytical Writing score.

I’ve taken the GRE multiple times with multiple results. Which score will you use?

We take the highest scores.

Is there a time limit on GRE scores?

Since ETS keeps official GRE scores on file for 5 years, we do not accept GRE scores that are more than 5 years at the time of matriculation into the DPT program.

Do you accept the new GRE test?

We accept both the new and the old GRE test.

How important are site clinical observations to students applying for Emory’s DPT program?

Clinical observations are an important way to gain knowledge of the profession. Experiences in a variety of settings (pediatrics, sports medicine, acute care, geriatrics) are important to a complete understanding. Keep a log on all your experiences.

What are the prerequisite courses for the program?

All prerequisite courses must be grade-earning courses and are to be completed within five years of matriculation. See detailed information on the Admission Requirements page.

When do prerequisites need to be completed?

All prerequisites need to be completed prior to final matriculation into the DPT program.

Why is there a time limit for the prerequisite courses?

Material presented in the prerequisite courses is used in the program. Therefore, students must have current information. If you have taken a more advanced course using the prerequisite information, the time frame will be applied to the more advanced course.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward course requirements?

No.

Is there a time limit on being out of school with a degree before returning?

No, as long as the pre-requisites courses are not more than 5 years at the time of matriculation into the DPT program.

What is the process of being accepted into your program?

The process of being accepted into our DPT program is listed on the Admission Procedure page.

Can I visit your school and talk with someone about the program?

Yes. We welcome prospective applicants who wish to come and talk about the DPT program. Call the Admissions office at 404-727-4002 to schedule a visit.

Do you accept transfer students?

No.

Do you have a part-time curriculum?

No.

When do clinical experiences in the DPT program start and how long do they last?

Part time clinical experiences (2 weeks each) begin in the third semester and continue through the fifth semester period. These experiences are integrated with concurrent courses and provide an opportunity for immediate clinical practice of classroom learning. Three full time clinical experiences, each ten weeks in duration, occur during the sixth and seventh semesters.

Who should attend your Continuing Education classes?

Our target audience is rehabilitation healthcare providers and students currently enrolled in a rehabilitation healthcare program.

What should I expect to learn?

In accordance with the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy’s Board Rule 490-4-.02, we expect that our continuing education offerings will increase the attendee’s skill, knowledge and competency in areas related to healthcare and rehabilitation services from present levels to those identified in the course’s learning objectives.

Who can receive continuing education units (CEUs) from attending one of your courses?

Emory University’s Division of Physical Therapy is an approved Institution for the provision of Class I continuing education activities by the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy (Georgia Board of Physical Therapy Board Policy #7). Continuing education contact hours or continuing education units (CEU) may be used to fulfill Georgia requirements for physical therapy or physical therapy assistant licensure renewal.

Unless specifically noted in a particular course, our educational opportunities are not pre-approved by other State Boards, such as the Georgia Board of Occupational Therapy or the Georgia Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. We will provide CEU certificates of attendance for all healthcare professionals who attend our events; however the individual therapist must conduct her own research to determine if the course meets the professional education requirements outlined by her State licensure board.

Where can I go to learn about my professional education requirements?

Licensed therapists may find specifics regarding their professional education requirements from their State’s licensure board. Listed below are links to the State of Georgia’s Licensing Boards:

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Speech Therapists and Audiologists

How do I get to Emory’s campus?

Driving and parking directions to Emory’s campus are provided in the following pdf file: Driving Directions

Where are your classes located?

Our continuing education courses are typically located in one of the following buildings on Emory’s campus:

  • Emory School of Medicine: 1648 Pierce Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
  • Center for Rehabilitation Medicine: 1441 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
  • Emory’s 1462 Building (“Dental Building”): 1462 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322

Walking directions to each of these locations is provided in the following pdf file: Walking Directions

Does the Program Have a Dress Code?

Yes. The department has set a dress code for students in the DPT program. Classes are often held in The Center for Rehab Medicine (CRM). It is a working hospital for patient rehabilitation and students are asked to dress professionally. Also, for guest speakers and grand rounds, you should make sure to dress nicely. The professors will help guide your choice of wardrobe if you have questions. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and buy a new wardrobe.

  • Girls: Professional dress: any color slacks, nice shirt (no baggy tee shirts), closed toe shoes, knee length skirts
  • Guys: Professional dress: any color slacks, nice shirt

What not to wear: denim, high heels, sandals, low cut shirts, tight/fitted shirts
Tip: It does get cold in the rooms. You may want to bring a sweater.

Students will be asked to purchase two lab coats, one long and the other short. The longer coat will be used during Anatomy lab; you will want to wear your long lab coat to protect your clothes. Lab coats can be purchased at the Medical Bookstore on campus (the same place where you can buy your books) or at any medical supply/uniform store. The short coat is the coat you will wear when being inducted into Emory’s School of Medicine during the White Coat Ceremony. These coats are also worn to class for guest speakers, grand round seminars, and clinical affiliations. The short coat is the nicer of the two coats.

During later labs, you will need to wear shorts, t-shirts, sports bras for the ladies. Even in lab, use your best judgment to remain decent. These labs are held in the CRM so the class will also be asked to order sweat-suits. Once your class officers are elected, your class can start the ordering process. Don’t worry about it until you arrive, however.

What Is the Parking Situation?

If you have a car, the best place to park for an easy walk to class is at the Michael St. Parking Deck. Parking is about $650 per year. If you plan to park in this deck, make sure that you turn in your paper work early so that you will get your first choice of decks. Registration is in early May for the parking year starting in the fall. Summer parking passes are sold separately from the yearly parking passes. For further information please see Emory’s Parking and Community Services: http://www.epcs.emory.edu/park/

Is there public transportation?

Another form of transportation to the Emory campus is the Cliff Shuttle service which is a private shuttle system that provides free transportation around the main, Briarcliff and Clairmont campuses, and serves commuters from designated neighborhoods. Some students pick up the Cliff shuttle at the Clairmont campus, but there are other off campus locations that are available also (such as the North DeKalb Mall).

Is there Financial Aid?

It is possible to live entirely off government loans and private loans without sacrificing housing or leisure time activities. Students may have to use Graduate Plus Loans which the student would have to apply for directly with the lender. The key to financial aid is to turn in all of the forms as early as possible and to keep in contact with the financial aid office. Continue to call the office until you are sure that your aid has come in. You will receive more specific information about financial aid throughout the day of your orientation.

If you plan to take loans for summer semester, you will have to send in all the paperwork before you arrive. Also, you will have to fill out the paperwork for the fall semester long before you actually begin fall semester. This is important because the Department of Physical Therapy calendar DOES NOT coincide with Emory University’s Academic Calendar or the Financial Aid calendar. Therefore, make sure to pay attention to due dates for any forms you receive.

The best advice we have for you is to 1) If you receive a form in the mail, turn around and send it back as soon as you can and 2) make sure to keep copies of everything that you are sent. Also, for Emory loan information, please see the financial aid website listed below.

Office of Financial Aid

Mailing Address:
300 Boisfeuillet Jones Center
Atlanta, GA 30322-1960

Phone: 404-727-6039 | 800-727-6039
Fax: 404-727-6709

Weekday Office Hours: Reception: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Are there any prerequisite courses I should take that would help with the MA in Bioethics component of the program?

Please visit the MA in Bioethics website for information regarding admission requirements.  http://www.ethics.emory.edu/mabioethics/
admissions/applicationrequrements.html

When does the MA in Bioethics component occur and how long is the DPT- MA in Bioethics program?

Students will complete their first year of coursework in the DPT Program, complete year 2 in the MA-Bioethics Program, and return to the DPT program for the third and fourth year.  The total time commitment for the DPT/MA-Bioethics program is 4 years.

When can I begin the application process for the dual DPT- MA in Bioethics program?

Students will have to submit separate applications to the Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine and Laney Graduate School (MA-Bioethics) and be accepted by each program. You also may choose to first get admitted in the DPT program and then during your first year in the DPT program apply to the Laney Graduate School for the MA-Bioethics program.

When should I take my GRE?

A GRE score is part of the admission requirement for both programs and should be taken any time prior to applying.  Your score cannot be more than 5 years old at the time of matriculation in either program.  Please see individual program websites for score requirements.

Where can I find additional information about the MA in Bioethics component of the DPT- MA in Bioethics program?

You may find additional information at: http://www.ethics.emory.edu/mabioethics/dualdegree/index.html

Financial Implications

During their matriculation in the School of Medicine (where the Division of Physical Therapy is housed), students will be charged the current rate of tuition in the School of Medicine. When enrolled in the Laney Graduate School, the student will be charged the current rate of tuition for the MA-Bioethics Program. School-sponsored scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which the student is enrolled at the respective schools.

Are there any prerequisite courses I should take that would help with the MBA component of the program?

Prior to matriculation, all students in the MBA program must have completed at least one semester of college-level Statistics.

When does the MBA component occur and how long is the DPT-MBA program?

The MBA component occurs in the third year of the combined program that extends over 4 years (DPT only extends over 3 years).

When can I begin the application process for the dual DPT-MBA program?

You have to submit separate applications to the Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine and Goizueta Business School and be accepted by each program. You also may choose to first get admitted in the DPT program and during your first two years in the DPT program apply to the Goizueta Business School.

When should I take my GMAT?

You may take your GMAT anytime prior to matriculating in the DPT program or during the first two years of the DPT program as you begin your application to the Goizueta Business School.

Where can I find additional information about the MBA component of the DPT-MBA program?

What is the mission of the residency program?

The mission of Emory University’s Neurologic and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Programs is to prepare physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skills in physical therapy practice with a solid foundation in the application of evidence based practice.

The mission of Emory University’s Neurologic and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Programs is to prepare physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skills in physical therapy practice with a solid foundation in the application of evidence based practice.

Will the residency provide teaching opportunities for me?

Our Residency programs are committed to preparing physical therapists who will engage in clinical, academic, and professional teaching and consultative activities that will contribute to the advancement of the physical therapy profession. The Neurologic and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency programs provide opportunities for residents to teach within the DPT curriculum and to engage in inter-professional consultative activities in a clinical environment.

Will the residency prepare me to sit for the specialty certification examination?

Participating in a residency program will provide the didactic knowledge and skills that will prepare you to sit for the specialty examination. If you are a recent graduate from an accredited program, participating in a residency program will allow you to do so within the first year of clinical practice.

What are the requirements for application?

The requirements for application into our residency program include the following: Residents must have a Georgia license prior to the August 1st start date.

The application criterion for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program involves the following components:

  • Graduate of an accredited APTA entry level physical therapy program
  • Hold a current PT license in the state of Georgia and considered to be in good standing with the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy
  • Submit an application all of the required documentation for the Emory Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program through RF-PTCAS

What are the required documents needed to apply through RF-PTCAS?

  • Transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Employment history (if applicable)
  • Essays
  • a. 3 letters of recommendation/reference. For those applicants who are new graduates, we would like to have letters of recommendations from Clinical Instructors who have worked with you during your clinical affiliations who can attest to your skills and habits in a clinical setting

Are your programs accredited or credentialed?

Yes. Both programs offered through Emory University have been accredited or credentialed through ABPTRFE.

How long is your program?

12 months

What are your graduation requirements?

Requirements for successful completion include successfully passing both written and practical exams and full participation in all of the required didactic courses/journal review and educational opportunities throughout the twelve month training program.

What personal characteristics are you looking for in an applicant?

The characteristics we are looking for in candidates are those applicants who are interested in engaging in a challenging academic program while fostering clinical growth within an orthopedic setting. We are looking for candidates who exhibit a strong work ethic, are self-motivated and are willing to be an engaged participant throughout the rigorous 12 month program.

What is a typical work schedule for the residents?

ABPTRFE restricts worked hours for residents to 50 hours per week. Within our program, each resident’s schedule is adapted to maximize learning throughout the program. An average work week consists of 42-45 hours of program activities.

Can student loans be deferred during the residency program?

Student loans may be deferred while the resident is participating within the program. Each resident is responsible for verifying the necessary documentation for loan deferment. The University can provide documentation attesting to the resident’s participation in the program if needed. Loan deferment rules and processes may be variable among lenders.

Can I participate in the residency on a part time basis?

At this time, our programs are designed for full time residents only.

How much mentoring can I expect to receive during the program?

Each resident is scheduled to receive 3-5 hours of 1:1 mentoring per week.

How are your mentors selected?

Our clinical mentors are Board Certified Clinical Specialists or have at least 3 years of clinical practice in the appropriate specialty area. A licensed physical therapist who is a certified clinical specialist in orthopedics may serve as a resident’s clinical mentor. The mentor must be able to provide 3 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring per week (150 hours total) for the resident. Your mentor’s resume/CV should be provided upon request.

Can I complete the residency program and continue to be employed at my current site?

Orthopedic residents have the option to become employed through Emory University for the 12 month program, or be employed within a community clinical site and work with Emory University to receive didactic, clinical and mentoring experiences. Neurologic residents must become employed through Emory University for the 12 month program.

What research opportunities exist within the residency programs?

The research experiences of our residence ranges from working with a PI on an established project to writing publishable case reports effectively utilizing evidence based practice.

Will I gain experience in teaching during the program?

Emphasis on teaching is strong in the orthopedic and neurologic programs. Opportunities exist for residents to participate in teaching within continuing education courses, DPT curriculum, clinic environment as well as in direct patient care.

Is there a service learning component to your residency education?

The orthopedic residents participate in the South Georgia Farm Workers’ project one weekend in June. Neurologic residents participate in an intensive stroke camp help in an underserved area of Jamaica for 10 days in March.

When are the residency applications due?

Refer to the RFPTCAS website for the application deadline for the Orthopedic and Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency.