Duke University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Duke University




Duke University (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/02/2005
Address:   Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 3907
Durham, NC 27710
Phone:   (919)681-4380
Web Address:   http://www.dptatduke.org
Program E-mail:   richa052@mc.duke.edu
Jan K Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS
Professor and Chief
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, November 1943 (no longer offered) DPT degree, August 1999
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is comprised of 126 credits of academic work, completed over 8 academic semesters. The fully accredited program, located in the medical center, provides a comprehensive foundation in the art and science of physical therapy, preparing graduates to serve as primary clinical care practitioners for patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction throughout their continuum of care. Course work includes didactic courses in basic sciences, clinical sciences, patient management, research, administration, education, and two five month clinical Internships. Two elective courses and a required research project provide opportunity for the student to pursue areas of physical therapy in-depth.
A sequence of five courses comprises the clinical education portion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. Clinical education experiences, including residencies, are selected from a list of university-approved clinical sites throughout the USA and abroad. The clinical Internships promote independence in learning and practice that is supervised by the clinical instructor and academic faculty and planned and conducted in conjunction with the student.
Duke University enrolls more than 6,500 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate students from most of the 50 states and 66 foreign countries. The professional program in physical therapy enrolls 45 students per class.
Requirements for admission to the program include a bachelor's degree, completion of prerequisite courses, Graduate Record Exam aptitude test scores, and, upon invitation, a personal interview. Prerequisite courses include 3 semester hours each: human anatomy, human physiology, cell biology, and statistics; 6 semester hours each: biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology; and 9 semester hours of social science humanities. For the incoming Class of 2004, 109 students applied, 103 completed applications, 76 were interviewed, and 44 students were accepted. The scores for academic performance for the middle 50% of students accepted into the incoming class (2004-2007) were as follows: Graduate Record Exam: verbal, 58th percentile; quantitative, 59th percentile; and analytical, 62nd percentile; overall grade point average (GPA) 3.58.; natural science GPA, 3.49.
For the class of 2002-2003, the estimated tuition and fees total approximately $26,000-30,000 per year for three years. The school has a limited amount of need-based, low-interest institutional loan funds and scholarships available for students. Contact the Office of Financial Aid, Duke University Medical Center at 919/684-6649.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Duke University is the oldest post-baccalaureate professional physical therapist educational program in existence in the United States. The program was begun in 1943 as a certificate program and began offering a master of science degree in 1970. Operating in an environment rich in academic and medical resources, students and faculty are involved in direct patient care and have access to a variety of state-of-the art equipment. Duke has several residential apartment facilities, available to a limited number of graduate and professional students. These, and private apartments, are located in close proximity to the Medical Center. A full range of services is available to graduate students, including health, counseling, sports and fitness, religious life, and numerous cultural activities.