Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.
Physical therapists are health care professionals that diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities. Physical therapists (PTs) treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. 1
An education in physical therapy allows individuals the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of career settings (including hospitals, private practices, educational institutions, work settings, nursing homes, and more). Physical therapists must be licensed in the state where they wish to practice. After completing an accredited doctoral physical therapy program, individuals must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to become licensed.
Augusta University offers a 3-year doctoral program in Physical Therapy, which is comprised of 9 semesters, including 36 weeks of clinical experience.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085.
Please see the College of Allied Health Sciences website for specific admissions information: https://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/admissions.php
In addition to specific academic requirements, candidates for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in the following five areas in order to meet the full requirements of the program’s curriculum.
- Sufficient intellectual capacity to fulfill the curricular requirements of the program
- Ability to effectively communicate with patients, colleagues, instructors and other members of the healthcare community
- Physical ability to learn and implement the various technical skills required to prepare for the independent practice of physical therapy
- Sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stress, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize healthcare practice
- Social attributes and behaviors required for full use of intellectual abilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective therapeutic relationships with patients and clients
Progression & Graduation Requirements
Program Length: 3 Years
CIP Code: 51.2308
Program Code: DPT_PHTP
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