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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.


1 American Physical Therapy Association

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Department of Physical Therapy

Health Sciences Campus

Health Sciences Building

Room 1304

987 St. Sebastian Way, Augusta, GA 30912


"Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." -APTA vision statement

About Our Program

Augusta University offers a 33-month doctoral program in Physical Therapy, which is comprised of 8 semesters, including 32 weeks of clinical experience. 

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. 

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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; email:; website:  

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 706-721-1518 or email  

Other educational programs offered by the Department of Physical Therapy: CAPTE only evaluates entry-level DPT programs for accreditation and does not accredit transitional DPT, post-professional degree program, residency or fellowship programs. The residency programs offered by Augusta University are evaluated for accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

More information about ABPTRFE and the accreditation status of any residency or fellowship program »

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