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
The APTA vision statement for the physical therapy profession is: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Augusta University offers a 3-year doctoral program in Physical Therapy, which is comprised of 9 semesters, including 36 weeks of clinical experience.
Attention applicants: Changes have been made to the prerequisite course requirements. Effective September 26, 2018, we now accept courses that are earned at any regionally accredited institution. Please see the revised description for prerequisite coursework on the Admissions & Applications page on this website, available at: https://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/admissions.php. For any specific application instructions, please contact our Program Manager, Amanda Cheatham, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-721-2141.
Applications must be submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Learn more about the application process.
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.
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.
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 is available at their website.