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

Amanda Beaty, SPT

With one more internship ahead, and 6 months until graduation, I am humbled by this new profession and the opportunities it offers me to grow, to care, to advocate, and contribute to the well-being of another.

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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

Education and TrainingDuke Orthopaedics was honored to host Warren C. Hammert, DDS, MD, as the Twenty-eighth Annual Duke Hand Club James R. Urbaniak Visiting Professor. During Grand Rounds on...
Awards and RecognitionWe would like to recognize Dr. Chad Cook, who has been selected to function as a featured expert on the American Medical Association’s Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI)...
Awards and RecognitionWe would like to recognize Dr. Fraser Leversedge, who was an invited faculty member and speaker at the 2nd Combined American and Singaporean Hand Surgery Society Meeting held in...
Education and TrainingWe would like to recognize Drs. James Keith DeOrio, Mark Easley, and James Nunley, who traveled to Lucerne, Switzerland for the Vantage Ankle Launch. The ankle system represents...
ResearchWe would like to congratulate Amy L. McNulty, PhD and William E. Garrett, Jr., MD, PhD, who received a $98,000 OREF MTF Research Grant for their project entitled: Improving Meniscus Repair...