What sets the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program apart?

With our accomplished faculty, close teacher-student relationships, consistently high rankings, and association with one of the world’s great medical schools, few Doctor of Physical Therapy programs can offer prospective students the unique opportunities available at Duke.


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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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 an inclusive community of scholars engaged in discovery, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge in the optimal care of patients and instruction of learners. Our mission is to develop the next generation of the profession's leaders, committed to health equity and expertly prepared to integrate the best-available evidence in the patient-centered management of function and quality of life within in a dynamic health system.

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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

Alexis Lacewell, SPT

 For me, the desire to pursue physical therapy stems from a having the character of a developer and a passion of journeying alongside of people during the most vulnerable moments of their lives. 

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Duke DPT Student Outcomes

98% Average Graduation Rate for Duke DPT Graduates (2016-2018)

100%Duke DPT Students Average Ultimate Pass Rate Licensure Exam (2016-2018)

100%Average Employment Rate for Duke DPT Graduates (2016-2018)

84%Acceptance Rate of Early Decision Applicants Who Are Interviewed

Latest News & Articles

EventsJoin Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapists on Saturday, October 8, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 PM for a seminar on “Learning how to structure a training plan for your next/best race.” RSVP to:Julie....
NewsWe are delighted to welcome Jack Magill PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, who has joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery as a resident of the Faculty...
NewsDr. Kelly Reynolds, PT, DPT, NCS joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a Faculty Development Resident in August 2019. Dr. Reynolds grew up...