About the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Through excellence in teaching, evidence-based clinical practice, and cutting-edge research, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Duke is committed to producing the next generation of leaders in the field of physical therapy. 

Housed within the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, we are consistently rated among the best training programs in the nation, most recently ranked No. 7 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Each year, 200+ students work with faculty, clinical educators, and staff who are actively engaged in exploring clinically relevant research to promote the health of patients and populations. Our students have a 100-percent ultimate pass rate on the national licensing examination for physical therapists, and the employment rate for our recent graduates is 100 percent.

Our program highlights include:

  • Innovative curriculum: Duke's three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes our Student Team Experience in Practice (STEPs ®) program, in which students go to clinical sites in teams of four.

  • Faculty expertise: Our faculty is active in research, pioneering new approaches to physical therapy.

  • Clinical internships: Students get real-world, hands-on experience working in select clinical locations throughout the U.S.

  • Global perspective: We offer global studies so that students can establish relationships and develop creative practice models in the field.


W. Todd Cade, PT, PhD

Chief & Program Director, Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

J. Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Director of Assessment and Evaluation