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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate. The transition from the Master of Physical Therapy degree to a professional doctorate was made to better 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. The educational needs of physical therapists have increased as their societal and health care roles and responsibilities have grown to that of an independent practitioner.

Admission Requirements

Preference is given to applicants with practical experience in physical therapy health care. Such experience may be in a variety of settings and should be of sufficient length to have given the applicant exposure to a variety of problems encountered by ill or disabled persons.

Learn about all the requirements that must be satisfied for admission.

Apply to Our Program

We are participating in the APTA sponsored application service called Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To apply to the Emory DPT program, please visit www.PTCAS.org and follow all instructions.

Clinical Affiliations

Students participate in clinical experiences beginning in the spring term of their first year. General Medical Conditions (Spring-year 1), Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Summer-year 2) and Adult Neurorehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation (Fall-year 2) culminate in a short-term, 2 week clinical experience. Three full-time internships, each 10 weeks long, occur in the second and third years. One is completed in each of the following settings: acute care, inpatient or outpatient inter-disciplinary rehabilitation, and community outpatient practices.

Volunteerism and Service Learning

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.     – National Service Learning Clearinghouse

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