At the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we’re guided by the principle that the most important goal of research is to improve the lives of patients. Our faculty pursue this through innovative clinical practices, educational research, improving diagnostic accuracy, bench sciences, movement analysis, and health services research.
We consider research to be an essential part of our curriculum, culminating in each student’s capstone research sequence. Student projects have focused on topics from sports-related concussions to spinal cord injury to dance to pediatrics and more.
Our faculty are editors, authors, grant writers and reviewers, as well as independent investigators. Our research is multidisciplinary, has a global focus, and has been recognized with numerous awards.
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Our research mission
In the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we believe:
Engagement in research leads to improved learning experiences in the classroom
Our doctoral students should be informed consumers of research
An essential part of our students’ education is the opportunity to conduct research that will make a meaningful contribution to the world’s store of knowledge about physical therapy
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. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 919-681-4380 or email email@example.com.