Doctor of Physical theraPy at elon University
transforming active learners
into Physical therapy Professionals
You’ve always pushed yourself to give a little more. To explore beyond the academic
frontier. To assist others to the best of your ability. Now you’re ready to combine your
passion for science with your dedication to helping others.
When you join Elon’s DPT program, you’ll become part of a community of learners.
Faculty and students regularly collaborate on research and, as early as their first year,
DPT students visit a local medical center to observe, and practice their new skills.
In your three years of study you’ll enjoy working with peers, Elon professors, local
physical therapists and health care professionals from across the state as you
problem-solve the best ways to help patients face their challenges with courage and
When you graduate, you will join a rapidly growing field with broad career
opportunities. Physical therapy has experienced an explosion of growth in its nearly
90 years of existence. When Elon enrolled its first PT class in 1998, the university
offered a master’s degree. As PTs began to take a more substantial role in the direct
care of patients, the profession recommended programs raise the bar and begin
transitioning into doctoral-level education. Improving the quality of patient care
continues to be the driving force behind the DPT. In 2003, Elon debuted an innovative
DPT program integrating dynamic classroom instruction with an impressive number
of hands-on clinical opportunities.
A fully accredited program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Elon University is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American
Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Elon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is built on solid principles of science and research. At the same
time, we recognize a quality physical therapist is much more than just an academic expert. That’s why
compassion, listening, respect