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Doctor of Physical Therapy


The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is an inclusive community of scholars engaged in discovery, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge in the optimal care of patients and instruction of learners. Our mission is to develop the next generation of the profession's leaders, committed to health equity, and expertly prepared to integrate the best available evidence in the patient-centered management of function and quality of life within a dynamic health system.

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. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University has an average graduation rate of 100% for the past 3 years (2019-2021), including both voluntary withdrawals and academic withdrawals. Our students have a 100-percent ultimate pass rate (2017-2019) on the national licensing examination for physical therapists, and the employment rate for our recent graduates is 100 percent (2016-2020).

Our program highlights include:

  • Innovative curriculum: Duke's three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes Team-Based Learning (TBL) and our Student Team Experience in Practice (STEPs ®) program, in which students go to local clinical sites to work directly with patients and clinical instructors.

  • Faculty expertise: Our faculty is active in research, pioneering new approaches to physical therapy. Duke DPT students work closely with faculty members on research projects, perfecting clinical skills, and in pursuing their professional goals.

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

  • Global perspective: The Duke DPT program is committed to offering global health experiences so that students can establish relationships and develop creative practice models in the field.


Visit Us!

Virtual Tour Option
Please join us for one of our virtual information sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn about our program and application process. You will gain valuable information about Duke DPT, see our facilities, as well as speak with our faculty, students, and admissions representatives to have all your questions answered.

Prospective DPT students who would like to schedule a virtual campus tour, please contact dptadms@dm.duke.edu to coordinate a tour with a graduate assistant.