At the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we believe that all students must become informed consumers of evidence-based practice, and that participation in research is an essential method for acquiring this skill. Doctor of Physical Therapy students have two options to explore research.
Within the core curriculum, each student is exposed to three evidence-based practice courses (the EBP series), which consist of understanding the basis of scientific inquiry, appropriate research design (qualitative and quantitative), different elements of research methodology, and analytics.
The three-course EBP series culminates with a capstone project that is performed jointly with a faculty mentor or mentors.
A capstone project allows you to apply the expertise you have developed and integrate different experiences into a single representation of your work. Upon completion of the capstone project, the majority of our students will present their scholarly works at a conference, or will publish their manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
Students can also take electives with research-based faculty. These “trans-curricular” electives allow students to participate in a dedicated research project from the first two years of the program. Credit is applied during semester six. Participating in the research elective does not preclude students from taking other practice based electives in semester six.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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; email@example.com; http://www.capteonline.org