The mission of the Emory & Henry DPT Program is to prepare competent, caring and ethical entry-level physical therapists who are able to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in an ever-changing health care system. The Program promotes academic excellence as well as civic and professional engagement at all levels, including the college, local, national and international communities.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a post-baccalaureate degree that indicates an individual’s successful completion of a doctoral-level physical therapy program, which fulfills the requirements to enter the professional field of physical therapy. The DPT degree was formulated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), whose Vision 2020 predicts that:
By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.
The planned DPT Program is a 3-year, 115-credit hour graduate program that reflects Emory & Henry’s core values of addressing issues of public concern through professions that contribute to the public good and educating professionals who are critical thinkers prepared to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment. The coursework in the professional program is organized into curricular themes, with the emphasis in the first year on foundational clinical sciences, introductory clinical skills, and applied clinical sciences. The coursework in the second and third years emphasizes advanced clinical sciences and skills, and critical inquiry courses necessary to prepare knowledgeable and competent physical therapists. Threaded throughout the curriculum are courses on various professional issues where learning experiences and community engagement, including service-learning, foster the development of a professional identity essential for a competent and caring physical therapist. The clinical education components of the program, including six part-time clinical immersions (semesters 1-6) and three full-time clinical internships (semesters 7-9), allow students to practice the profession at an entry level in various clinical settings under the supervision of licensed and experienced physical therapists.
Admission to the DPT Program requires having earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, 3.0 in the prerequisite courses (listed below), at least 40 observation hours under a licensed physical therapist and completion of the Graduate Record Examination, taken within five years prior to being admitted. An updated resume and three letters of recommendation from three professionals must also be submitted. Details of the admission process are elaborated in the application packet available from the Admissions Office.
The prerequisite courses are shown in the table below. Applicants should have successfully completed all of the prerequisites, either as part of their baccalaureate degree or independently, prior to being admitted into the Program.
|Required Coursework||Credit Hours to be completed|
|*Science courses must have a lab component and be courses intended for a science major||**Pre-calculus or above; if pre-calculus is a two-part course, both parts must be completed|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology*||8|
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Emory & Henry College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional or technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
Physical therapists (PTs) work with patients who have impairments, limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes. Their role includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions toward achieving the highest functional outcomes for each patient/client. (obtained from http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/physical-therapy
Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations through 2014, and was identified as an "Excellent Career" in 2006 by U.S. News & World Report. The demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as a result of growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function. The rapidly growing elderly population is particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services. Also, the baby boom generation is entering the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, increasing the need for cardiac and physical rehabilitation.
Advances in medical technology that increase survival of newborns with birth defects, save more trauma victims, and permit treatment of additional disabling conditions will create greater demand for rehabilitative care. Widespread interest in health promotion also should increase demand for physical therapy services. A growing number of employers are using physical therapists to evaluate work sites, develop exercise programs, and teach safe work habits to employees in the hope of reducing injuries.
Physical therapists held about 155,000 jobs in 2005. About 60 percent of physical therapists were employed in hospitals or private practice. Other jobs were in home health agencies, outpatient rehabilitation centers, offices and clinics of physicians and nursing homes. Self-employed physical therapists may provide services to individual patients or contract with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, adult day care programs and schools. They may establish a solo practice or join a consulting group. Physical therapists also teach in academic institutions and conduct research. (obtained from http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/physical-therapy)
Acceptance and Matriculation Rates will be provided on the website once they become availalbe.
Graduation Rates, Employments Rates, Pass Rates on Licensing Examinations, and other outcome measures will be provided on the website once they become availalbe.
For more information about the admissions process,
contact Jessica Hawks, Admissions Office at (276) 944-6827 or .
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It is the goal of the Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to produce competent doctors of physical therapy who perform as autonomous general practitioners providing quality care to a variety of patients across the lifespan. It is the faculty’s responsibility to select applicants who are most capable of successfully completing the program and becoming skilled doctors of physical therapy. Therefore, in addition to scholastic ability/achievement, applicants will be judged on their physical, intellectual and emotional aptitude to complete the essential requirements of the program.
Fundamental skills that are required to complete the essential requirements of the Emory & Henry Doctor of Physical Therapy Program include (but are not limited to) the following:
If an applicant/student cannot demonstrate the above essential skills, it is the responsibility of the student to request appropriate accommodations. Emory & Henry College will provide reasonable accommodations as long as they do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program and does not impose an undue hardship such as those that cause a significant expense, difficulty or are unduly disruptive to the educational process.
An applicant/student who has not been offered admission to the Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program may disclose a disability and request accommodation during the admission process. DISCLOSURE BEFORE BEING OFFERED ADMISSION IS NOT REQUIRED.
Applicants/students with disabilities who meet the above technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, nor be subjected to discrimination in the Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
It is suggested that potential applicants observe practicing physical therapists perform essential skills of the job in order to make an informed decision on their capacity to perform those skills prior to applying to the program.