Occupational 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 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


 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), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 2314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accrediationA@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 334-229-4709 or email asupt@myasu.alasu.edu.

 

 


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

Student Outcomes

Graduation:
    Graduation rate for 2016-2018: 94.4%.

    Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (National Physical Therapy 
    Exam) Pass Rate: 2016-2018: 94.07%.

Licensure:
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the physical therapy licensure examination (NPTE). Each state law regulates the practice of Physical Therapy within the respective jurisdiction. Graduates are responsible to contact specific state’s Board of Licensure for Physical Therapy to obtain further information on the respective state’s eligibility and application requirements.  

Employment:
    93.13% of the graduates seeking employment as physical therapists from 
    2016-2018 have been successful.

Credentials Conferred: 
    The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is conferred by Alabama State 
    University based on completion of all requirements for the degree. 

 

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