Physical Therapy at
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Augusta University is designed to prepare students to sit for the national licensing examination. (Note: State law regulates the practice of physical therapy. To obtain information on a particular state's practice requirements and eligibility for licensure, contact the state's physical therapy licensing board.)
Classes are scheduled in a traditional weekday format. Forty students are admitted to the program each May and graduate after 36 months (9 semesters) of continuous full-time study.
We train talented and ambitious learners to grow into autonomous health professionals. We combine first-rate classroom instructions and laboratory practices with extensive clinical training at sites throughout Georgia and the southeastern United States.
Our learner-centered approach emphasizes active learning, problem-solving skills, and evidence-based practices. Our primary goal is to prepare reflective individuals who possess the technical proficiency and problem solving capabilities sufficient to enable the safe, efficient and effective practice of physical therapy in a rapidly changing health care environment. Graduates are prepared to maximize wellness and minimize disability of diverse populations across a variety of health care environments including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, research laboratories, and corporations.
Approximately 85% of the student body receives financial aid.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The program’s next accreditation review is scheduled for 2019.
STUDENT • PERFORMANCE
Graduates' performance on the licensure examination consistently exceeds the national average. The DPT Classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 achieved first time passing rates of 99% on the licensure examination. Ultimate licensure examination pass rates categorized by state may be accessed at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy web site.
Of the 105 students admitted to the DPT Classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015, 100 (95%) completed the program.
100% of program graduates in these classes were employed as physical therapists within six months of graduation.
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