FAQ

Does the Doctor of Physical Therapy program offer a master’s or doctoral degree?
The program no longer offers a master's degree. Students earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine.

Does the Duke DPT program offer areas of specialization?
The Duke DPT program offers a doctorate degree that includes all basic aspects of physical therapy. While the program does not offer specialties, there is an opportunity for emphasis through electives, clinical affiliations, scholarly projects and research.

How long is the program?
The DPT program is a two year and ten month, full-time program.

Are there research opportunities within the DPT program?
Students are required to complete a scholarly project as part of the evidence-based practice courses included in the DPT program's curriculum. DPT faculty are involved in various research, and students are also able to apply to assist current faculty members on research projects that interest them.

Does the Duke DPT Program require interviews for admission?
No. Interviews are not required for admission into the Duke DPT program.

What kind of salary can a physical therapist expect?
Salaries for physical therapists vary according to factors such as geographical location, type of practice, and years of experience. Median salaries can be found via the APTA website.

Does the DPT program offer part-time or night classes?
No. Most coursework takes place during traditional school and business hours, between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with only a few classes scheduled in the evening.

Is North Carolina residency required?
Duke University is a private institution and does not have a residency requirement. Geographic location has no influence on acceptance, and tuition is the same for all students.

Is there a time limit on being out of school with a degree before returning?
No, we welcome all applicants that meet our requirements, and all applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The only limits are: the GRE must be taken within five years of application, and Anatomy and Physiology courses have to be taken within five years of application.

What GPA is required to be accepted to the Duke DPT program?
The Duke DPT program does not have a minimum GPA requirement. However, applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above are most successful.

What is the mean GPA for entering students?
The mean grade point average of entering DPT students from the 2016-2017 admissions cycle was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. We also separately calculate overall Natural Science grade point averages (basic biology, physics, and chemistry courses). The mean overall Natural Science GPA was 3.6 and the mean prerequisite GPA was 3.7.

What degree do I need to enter the Duke DPT program?
Successful applicants need a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Click here for more information.

Is there a required major to apply to the Duke DPT program?
No. Applicants can major in anything as long as the required prerequisite courses are completed.

Do Advance Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward course requirements?
Yes. If the applicant’s undergraduate institution accepted the AP credit then the Duke DPT program will also accept the AP credit.  This credit must appear on the applicant’s official transcript.

If a prerequisite course is repeated, how are the two grades considered?
If a course is repeated both grades will be factored into the cumulative undergraduate GPA and overall science GPA.  However, when calculating the prerequisite GPA the highest grade received will be used. 

Are there time limits on your prerequisite courses?
The only prerequisites that must be completed within a certain timeframe are Anatomy & Physiology.  These courses must be completed within five years of application.

When do prerequisites need to be completed?
Prospective students may apply before all prerequisite courses are completed.  However, our Admissions Committee recommends that as many basic science courses be completed as possible at the time of application, especially anatomy and physiology. Prior to matriculation all official transcripts showing that all prerequisite courses have been completed and admissions requirements have been met must be received and verified before classes begin in August.

If I have had a similar course, may I substitute it for a prerequisite?
Maybe. The DPT Admissions Committee will consider course substitutions. The applicant must submit as much information about the course as possible (course description, syllabus, detailed outline of topics covered, etc.). This information can be emailed to the Duke DPT Admissions Office at dptadmis@dm.duke.edu. The Admissions Committee will review this information and make the final decision as to whether the course substitution is accepted.

Do I have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
Applicants must take the GRE within five years of application to the Duke DPT program. GRE scores are not required for applicants with verified PhD degrees.

What GRE scores does the Duke DPT require to be accepted?
The DPT program does not have a minimum GRE score requirement. GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each section (verbal, quantitative, analytical) are considered competitive within our applicant pool.

I’ve taken the GRE more than once, with different results. Which score will you use?
The DPT program uses the highest score earned in each section of the GRE.

I took the GRE a few years ago. Will you still accept my scores?
An applicant's GRE scores must be less than five years old (5 years from the time of application).

What is the Duke PTCAS GRE code?
The Duke PTCAS GRE code is 5473.

Do you recruit underrepresented/underserved/diverse students?
The Duke DPT Division is committed to recruiting and matriculating minority/underrepresented students for a career in Physical Therapy. We are committed to multicultural diversity in the program. Click here for more information about the DPT Summer Discovery Program.

What are my chances of being accepted into the DPT program?
DPT Admissions Committee members encourage all qualified individuals who are interested in physical therapy to apply to the program. Each year, the Duke DPT program accepts approximately 82 students.

Do you accept transfer credits?
The Duke DPT program does NOT accept transfer credits from other physical therapy programs.

What is the male/female ratio of the program?
During the past three years, approximately 30 percent of the incoming class has been male. The ratio varies from year to year.

Is on-campus housing available?
Most Duke DPT students live in local apartment complexes within the Durham community. Limited on-campus housing is available. The Duke DPT Admissions Office also sends out housing information to all accepted students to help with the transition to Durham.

How many hours of observation do I need?
Observation hours with a licensed physical therapist are required for admission.  For the 2017-2018 application cycle, we recommend applicants to have at least 100 observation hours.  We recommend that these observation hours be verified; however, this is not a requirement.  For the 2018-2019 application cycle, applicants are required to have at least 100 observation hours and these hours must be verified as well.  The Admissions Committee encourages applicants to observe in a variety of clinical settings and specialties.