What sets the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program apart?


Team-Based Learning

DPT students can establish a sense of cohesion, deeper learning, and more inter-professional connections with their colleagues throughout Duke.

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STEPs® Program

Student Team Experience in Practice (STEPs®) allows students to gain hands-on clinical experience under the direction of a skilled clinician.

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Global Health

Duke administers global programs in Norway, Kuwait, and Jamaica, while DPT faculty focus on emerging international collaborations.

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Our faculty pursue research through innovative clinical practices, educational research, improving diagnostic accuracy, and more.

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Mission Statement

The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

is committed to enhancing the health, wellness function, and participation in the social and civic lives of all individuals.

As a community of scholars engaged in discovery, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge in the best care of patients, our mission is to educate the next generation of clinical and scientific leaders through active learning experiences that promote critical thinking, so that our graduates will be engaged professionals, experts in movement science, and grounded in the discovery of knowledge for best physical therapy practice.

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The application process is managed through the APTA approved RF-PTCAS network.  For complete information go to the APTA’s ABPTRFE website.

Student Spotlight

Thomas Hammett, SPT

As I look forward to clinical rotations, I cannot help but look back first and reflect on my first two (incredible!) years as a DPT student at Duke. 

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Duke DPT by the Numbers

100%Employment Rate for Duke DPT Graduates

200Duke DPT Students Each Year Working with Faculty in Exploring Research

100%Committed to Inclusion and Diversity

84%Acceptance Rate of Early Decision Applicants Who Are Interviewed

Latest News & Articles

Awards and RecognitionWe would like to recognize Lakis Nikolaou, who served as President of the 70th Annual Meeting of Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (HAOST) in Athens....
Awards and RecognitionWe would like to recognize Duke Orthopaedics Administrators, Michael R. Gagnon, MBA, and John Bonini, who presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of The Academic Orthopaedic...
Awards and RecognitionWe are excited to announce that Marc J. Richard, MD, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, with tenure, effective November 1, 2017. Dr. Richard...
Awards and RecognitionWe would like to congratulate the following Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedics faculty, who were awarded a $7,500 DukeAHEAD Grant for their submission, "...
NewsThe inpatient orthopedic APP team at DUH would like to welcome Ava Alexander, PA-C who will be joining the Duke Orthopedic family on October 2.  Ava is a graduate from the East Carolina...