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

Awards and RecognitionWe would like to conratulate Robert K. Lark, MD, MS, who has been selected to participate in the upcoming AAOS/ORS Research Symposium on The Physis: Fundamental Knowledge to a...
ResearchWe would like to recognize Dr. Chad Cook, who was published in the following journals with co-authors Drs. Steven George and Maggie Horn as well as a student CAPSTONE group: 1. Cook CE, O'...
OtherThis past weekend, Duke Sports Medicine specialists Jocelyn Wittstein, MD, and Melissa Raddatz, APRN, BSN, FNP-BC, MSN, RN, attended the Orangetheory Fitness Grand Opening in North Hills. They...
Education and TrainingWe are pleased to announce that Sam Adams has been named the Associate Program Director for our residency program. In this role, he will work with our Program Director on all...
Awards and RecognitionWe would like to congratulate PGY-4 resident, Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, MD, who was selected to join the J. Robert Gladden Society Board of Directors as a Resident Board Member....