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.

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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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Research

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

100% Average Graduation Rate for Duke DPT Graduates (2017-2019)

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

1.16.2020
NewsThe ninth edition of the Duke Orthopaedic Journal (DOJ) has been published. DOJ is a peer-reviewed print and online annual publication that covers technical and clinical studies related to health...
1.16.2020
EventsThe Duke Shoulder Surgery Symposium will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Duke Health Interprofessional Education (IPE) Building, 311 Trent Drive in Durham. Registration and breakfast will...
1.16.2020
Awards and RecognitionA paper published by the McNulty Lab entitled “Relationship between T1rho magnetic resonance imaging, synovial fluid biomarkers, and the biochemical and biomechanical properties...