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.
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.
As a program accredited by CAPTE, graduates of the Augusta University Doctor of Physical
Therapy program are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)
from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). When earning a passing
score on the NPTE, a physical therapist is then eligible to apply for licensure to
practice physical therapy in any state within the United States or US owned territory.
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.
"Dr. Johnson's commitment to the pro bono clinic is changing patients' lives and impacting our PT students who have the opportunity to participate in the care of this underserved population,' said Colleen Hergott, DPT, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.
“We want our students, faculty and members of the surrounding community to have opportunities to work and learn from individuals from various backgrounds," said Dr. Michelle Johnson, coordinator of the Visiting Scholars Program.