Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

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 health care delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation services, prevention and health maintenance programs, and professional and community organizations. They also play important roles in developing health care 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


 Learn More About the Program

•    MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
•    EDUCATIONAL GOALS
•    CURRICULUM
•    CLINICAL EDUCATION
•    TUITION AND COSTS
•    PREREQUISITES AND PTCAS APPLICATION INFORMATION 
•    FACULTY AND STAFF
•    COMMENTS, COMPLIMENTS OR COMPLAINTS POLICY


Accreditation

The Physical Therapy Program at Alabama State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 2314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  

The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/

If needed to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Charlene Portee at 334-229-5053 or email cportee@alasu.edu.

Length of Study: 9 semesters
Program Entrance Date: Fall Semester

Graduation  

Graduation Rate 2016-2018: 94.4%                                                                                                        

Licensure:

National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rate 2016-2018: 94.07%                                               

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NPTE. Each state law regulates the practice of Physical Therapy within the respective jurisdiction. Graduates are responsible for contacting specific State Licensure Boards of Physical Therapy to obtain further information on the respective state’s eligibility and application requirements. 

Employment:                                                                                                         

Employment Rate 2016-2018: 93.13% (graduates seeking employment as physical therapists).

Credentials Conferred:                                                                                                  

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is conferred by Alabama State University upon completion of all requirements for the degree.