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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.

Why UNG DPT?

The Physical Therapy Department at UNG delivers for its students.

Higher than 97%
pass rate for license exam (2007-2015)
All 100%
of our students graduated in 2014
Average of 98%
employment rates (2009-2014)
Clinical Education

Students complete three clinical education experiences for a total of 32 weeks of full-time clinical education: two of 8 weeks duration each in the fourth and seventh semesters, and one of 16 weeks that concludes the program in the ninth semester.  We have a wide diversity of clinical facility agreements in over 30 states with more than 350 clinical sites. 

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

In the first year of the physical therapy program, concepts of problem-based learning are gradually introduced through activities such as group projects, development of literature search and critical appraisal skills, student debates and modules, and sources done in problem-based, small group formats. The second and third years of the program are primarily PBL through the clinical professional courses. Learn more about PBL.

Internships

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

Costs

Approximately $40,000 for books, tuition and fees, professional fees, supplies, health, and uniforms. Additional expenses may be incurred during Clinical Education experiences remote from Dahlonega and do not include room and board. Non-Georgia residents may expect to add an additional $33,120/year for tuition.

Statistics
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Data – UNG DPT Program
Pass RatesGraduation RatesEmployment Rates
2009 100% 88% 95%
2010 100% 96% 100%
2011 100% 92% 100%
2012 100% 100% 100%
2013 100% 97% 100%
2014 97% 100% 97%
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.

Pay
The median annual wage for physical therapists was $84,020 in May 2015.

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life. 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, 2016-2017 Edition

Quick Facts

  • 30 students accepted each year
  • Program is 130 semester hours
  • Nine consecutive semesters
  • Entry-level DPT is awarded at completion

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