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Future Students

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate designed to prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving health care environment. The physical therapist’s expertise in movement and movement dysfunction is unique in health care; therefore, physical therapists’ societal and health care roles and responsibilities have grown to that of an independent practitioner.

Dual DPT/PhD

The Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University School of Medicine in coordination with the Applied Physiology Program and other departments at Georgia Tech offers a dual degree program that awards a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the Emory School of Medicine as well as a PhD in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Tech School of Biological Sciences.

DPT-MPH Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate in physical therapy. The DPT-MPH is a dual degree consisting of both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Physical therapy practice has traditionally been seen as rehabilitation or tertiary prevention. In the evolving healthcare environment, physical therapy practice is expanding into primary and secondary prevention activities.

DPT-MBA Degree

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate in physical therapy. The DPT-MBA is a dual degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Business decisions will have a broad impact on the delivery of healthcare in the 21st century and physical therapists equipped with the proper management and financial skills will be in a better position to effectively function in this environment. Whether managing an individual or group physical therapy practice, leading a corporate or non-profit hospital department, or contributing to the development of healthcare policy, the understanding of fundamental financial, management, and organizational practices is essential. The combined DPT/MBA degree focuses on giving future physical therapists this necessary skill-set for successfully integrating medicine and business.

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DPT/MA-Bioethics Dual Degree

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate in physical therapy. The DPT-MA (Bioethics) is a dual degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy and Masters of Arts in Bioethics (MA-Bioethics). The goal of this program is to prepare physical therapists not only to enhance the care they provide to patients in a changing healthcare environment, but also to prepare them to work on issues of public and institutional policy as they relate to the provision of clinical care and ethical healthcare practice, to serve on ethics committees, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice. As providers of clinical care, physical therapists confront ethical challenges in practice routinely. They are uniquely positioned in rehabilitation to address ethical issues related to disability, quality of life and functional outcomes. Our target audience consists of those students for whom these priorities are particularly relevant.

Residency Training

The residency programs at the Division of Physical Therapy 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. The Emory University Acute Care Residency Program is a recognized program preparing for candidacy submission. The program strives to provide clinical experience across the continuum of acute care settings, didactic material, and research opportunities for development of advanced clinical practice and critical thinking.

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