Throughout the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, students are challenged to think beyond the traditional applications for physical therapy. While many students head straight into practicing physical therapy after graduation, others opt for continued training.
Duke PT & OT offers several residency and fellowship opportunities through the Duke University Health System. Duke faculty serve as mentors in these programs, and the Duke PT fellows and residents often assist in teaching classes and electives in the Duke DPT curriculum. We are proud to say that we have had at least one alum graduate from each of the Duke PT and OT residency and fellowship programs.
Physical Therapy Faculty Development: This program, run by DPT, helps develop the next generation of PT faculty.
Women’s Health: Started by Professor Carol Figuers, this program was the first of its kind in the nation, and the first PT residency at Duke. It provides an in-depth experience in the management of women’s health and wellness, including pelvic floor dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum concerns, oncologic issues, and complex osteoporosis.
Cardiopulmonary: Duke's Cardiopulmonary PT residency offers an in-depth experience in the management of complex cardiac and pulmonary conditions.
Pediatrics: Duke's Pediatric Physical Therapy residency provides an in-depth experience in the management of pediatrics across the continuum of care.
Sports Physical Therapy: The mission of the Duke Sports Physical Therapist residency is to develop and graduate practitioners, who by virtue of their critical thinking ability, clinical skills, diagnostic competence, and ethical standards are committed to promoting the optimum health and function of their clients, and who will serve the larger society and profession through teaching, administration, and research.
Duke PT and OT offer several fellowship opportunities, and more are planned.
Anyone who graduates from the DPT program can apply for a fellowship. Those who wish to specialize or advance their career in the field of physical therapy should consider applying for fellowships.
Sports Medicine: Duke's PT Sports Fellowship provides an in-depth experience in the management of complex knee and shoulder problems for recreational athletes, with a defined subspecialty in the management of Division I Athletes.
Orthopedic Manual Therapy: Duke's Manual PT Fellowship develops and graduates practitioners who are committed to promoting optimum health and function of their clients and through teaching, administration and research.
Graduates of Duke DPT have also gone on to these residency and fellowship programs at:
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please email: email@example.com or call: 919-681-4380. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.capteonline.org