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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the first doctorate degree offered at the University of North Georgia. The DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Since the inception of the Physical Therapy program at the University of North Georgia in 1992, the program has been committed to the recruitment of students who are dedicated to addressing the educational, professional and community needs of all citizens, particularly through rural practice. In 2006, the program expanded it's mission to include recruitment of students who are committed not only to rural practice but to all other medically underserved communities as well.


The Physical Therapy Department at UNG delivers for its students.

2016-2019 100%
ultimate pass rate for license exam
All 100%
of our students graduated in 2019
Average of 100%
employment rates (2016-2018)
Clinical Education

Students complete three clinical education experiences for a total of 34 weeks of full-time clinical education: one of 8 weeks duration in the fourth semester, one of 10 weeks duration during the 8th semester; and one of 16 week duration during the 9th semester. We have a wide diversity of clinical facility agreements in over 30 states with more than 350 clinical sites.


Students may travel out-of-state for clinical assignments when assigned to clinics in any number of sites in the U.S.

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Data – UNG DPT Program
First-Time Pass Rates Ultimate Pass Rates Graduation Rates Employment Rates
2020 100% 100% 100% 100%
2019 96.7% 100% 100% 100%
2018 92.7% 100% 100% 100%
2017 100% 100% 100% 100%
Occupational Outlook

Work Environment
Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.

How to Become a Physical Therapist
Physical therapists entering the profession need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

The median annual wage for physical therapists was $87,930 in April 2019.

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy will come from the aging baby boomers, who are not only staying active later in life, but are more susceptible to health conditions, such as strokes, that may require physical therapy. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-2019 Edition

Quick Facts

  • 30 students accepted each year
  • Program is 143 semester hours
  • Nine consecutive semesters
  • Entry-level DPT is awarded at completion

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