College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Walter L. Jenkins, Chair, 2410B Health Sciences Building
Terry Jones, Director of Graduate Studies, 3400B Health Sciences Building
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Degree RequirementsThe doctor of physical therapy (DPT) provides the scope, depth, breadth, and rigor of scholarly activity to prepare an entry-level physical therapy practitioner for current and future practice trends. The program comprises 106 s.h., including 80 s.h. of didactic course work, 10 s.h. of clinical specialty and research experience, and 32 weeks of clinical education (16 s.h.). Students begin the program in the first term of the summer and continue for nine continuous semesters. At the end of the final semester, the student will take a written comprehensive examination and provide both an oral defense and written documentation related to clinical specialty and research concentration. The departmental chairperson’s verification of the completion of all degree requirements is necessary to meet physical therapy practice licensure statutes of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Admission guidelines to the Department of Physical Therapy are available at www.ecu.edu/pt.
Integrated Physical Therapy/Exercise Physiology (DPT/BS) DegreeThe integrated program provides a means by which undergraduate students at East Carolina University enroll in the program of exercise physiology with the intention of preparing for a professional doctoral degree path in physical therapy (DPT). The student in this program will count 15 s.h. of graduate physical therapy course work towards the BS in exercise physiology. The student will complete the DPT in six years for a total of 217 s.h. Course work includes all foundations curriculum courses, core requirements for the undergraduate degree, and prerequisites and core requirements for the DPT. A student may be granted provisional acceptance to the DPT program after their second year of study at ECU based on competitive academic qualifications.