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Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Alabama State University offers the Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This three-year degree prepares graduates as entry level physical therapists eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Licensure is necessary to practice physical therapy.

“Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical base and widespread clinical applications in the preservation, development, and restoration of optimal physical function. Every day, physical therapists in the United States help approximately 1 million people alleviate pain; prevent the onset and progression of impairment, functional limitation, disability, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes; and restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and optimum quality of life as related to movement and health.

As essential participants in the healthcare delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation services, prevention and health maintenance programs, and professional and community or4ganizations. They also play important roles in developing healthcare policy and appropriate standards for the various elements of physical therapist practice to ensure availability, accessibility, and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services.” – Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, July 1999

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The Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation - During the period of 2011-2013  87% of enrolled students graduated.
  • Licensure -  The board passage rate for 2009-2012 is approximately 95%.
  • Employment - 100% of graduates seeking employment as physical therapists from 2011-2013 have been successful


ASU's Physical Therapy Program "On the Job"

Check out ASU's Physical Therapy Program on Alabama Public Television's "On The Job!" (Click video below.)



Contact Information

For more information about the
ASU Clinical Doctorate
in Physical Therapy (DPT)
call or write to:

Dr. Bernadette Williams-York
Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy
Alabama State University
PO Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271
334.229.4709   800.253.5037
FAX: 334.229.4945
e-mail: asupt@myasu.alasu.edu

Application Information

You must apply to both the Physical Therapy Program and the School of Graduate Studies.

Please submit your Application to ASU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program through PTCAS (Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service)  PTCAS Home. The application deadline for PTCAS is December 1, 2014.

Submit your ASU Graduate School Application to the School of Graduate Studies.

Transitional DPT

You can convert your PT degree or certificate to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy by completing our transitional DPT program. The program is tailored to your current degree. Click here for more information.

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