East Carolina University

Information about Physical Therapist program at East Carolina University




East Carolina University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 02/16/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
East Carolina University
School of Allied Health Sciences
Health Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone:   (252)744-6238
Fax:   (252)744-6240
Financial Aid Phone:   (252)328-6610
Web Address:   http://www.ecu.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   bruntd@ecu.edu
Denis Brunt, PT, EdD
Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, August 1972 (no longer offered); Master's degree, May 1996 (no longer offered); DPT degree, February 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation; Probation 10/01 - 4/02; Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT consists of 106 sh and is three years in length. The curriculum consists of 32 weeks of clinical education and 78 hours of didactic coursework. There are nine full-time and seven adjunct faculty members. The program begins in mid-May and degree requirements are normally satisfied following the completion of the spring semester of the third year. There are four major components of the curriculum: clinical education, entry-level professional based coursework, advanced basic science courses, and elective course work related to evidenced based practice to include a clinical specialty concentration and research concentration. At the end of their program students will complete a comprehensive exam as well as oral and written presentation of group research.
Thirty-two weeks of clinical experiences are required. Six weeks occur in the spring of the first year, 8 weeks occur during the fall semester of the second year, 8 weeks during the summer between the second and third years, and 10 weeks during the final semester. Clinical education sites are located throughout the US.
There are nine full-time faculty members. Eight of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists. Faculty are involved in the Department’s outpatient orthopedic clinic, the rehabilitation of student athletes, and early intervention programs for Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged eight publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
Total ECU enrollment is 22,767 (61% female, 39% male) from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The program accepts 30 students annually with a preference given to North Carolina residents.
All admission requirements may be obtained from the ECU web site. http://www.ecu.edu/pt
92% of admitted students graduate from the previous MPT program (2-year average); 95% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (2-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
Full-time tuition for the 2004-05 academic year were $1,767 per semester for in-state students and $6,925 per semester for out-of-state students. For information on housing and/or meal plans, contact the Housing Office at 252/328-6450 and Dining Services at 252/328-4286. Aid is available in the form of grants/scholarships, loans or part-time employment. For specific information, contact the East Carolina University Office of Student Financial Aid at 252/328-6610. There are limited funds available in the form of small loans through the Department of Physical Therapy.
There is dormitory housing for over 5,328 students and a great supply of alternate housing (i.e., apartments, condominiums, and fraternities/sororities) in a variety of price ranges. East Carolina University has an extensive intercollegiate athletic program for men and women and is in Division I of the NCAA. Physical therapy students participate in intramural activities. ECU is located in Greenville in the eastern region of the state, approximately 90 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Raleigh to the west. It is within a 4 to 6-hour drive of mountain recreational activities. Greenville is serviced by a small airport with commuter connecting flights to Charlotte. Raleigh/Durham international airport is 2 hours from Greenville.