Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The ECU Department of Physical Therapy offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The DPT is a three-year, 106 semester hour program that includes 32 weeks of clinical education.

The program has a long history of a strong commitment to entry-level PT education, research, scholarship and service to the institution, community and profession.


DPT, 106 credit hours

Accreditation Status

Doctor of Physical Therapy at East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 252-744-6239 or email

DPT Class Admission and Graduation Statistics (PDF)


The DPT is a three-year, 106 semester hour program that includes 32 weeks of clinical education.

Start and Completion

Program starts the 11-week summer session of year admitted (May) and terminates with completion of the 3rd spring semester. Variations in the length of specific affiliations may alter actual date of program completion.

Annual Admissions

30 students. Admission preference is given to North Carolina residents.

Financial Aid

Contact the ECU Financial Aid Office at 252-328-6610. You must notify the Cashier's Office if you have Financial Aid to have your records coded. For possible sources of funding for your graduate education, please view the ECU Graduate School Financial Resources. Scholarships in the PT Department are available for 2nd/3rd-year students. There are also several within the College of Allied Health Sciences. View CAHS scholarship opportunities


The administrator in the PT office will register new DPT students. ECU does not mail paper bills to student's permanent home address. Students and their authorized users will receive email notifications from to their Outlook Live student email when a new billing statement is available for review online. If fees are not paid by deadline, the classes will be canceled until payment is received.

Clinician Affiliation

The Department of Physical Therapy affiliates with approximately 225 hospitals, clinics, and facilities. The majority of clinical education sites are in North Carolina with about one-third of the facilities outside North Carolina. Students are assigned to clinical affiliation sites using APTA Student/Site Computer Assisted Matching Program (S/SCAMP). Students are assigned to clinical affiliations for a total of 32 weeks of full time clinical experience. Entry-level skills and knowledge needed in the general practice of physical therapy are obtained through working in a variety of settings and with patients of all ages and clinical conditions. Students are not permitted to set up their own clinical affiliations. Requests to develop new clinical education sites must be submitted in writing to the Director of Clinical Education a minimum of 6 months in advance of placements.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of positions. GA positions are awarded based on expertise and interest related to faculty research.


Contact the ECU Housing Office at 252-328-4663. A number of students have their apartments to sub-lease for the first summer session. Check with the PT office for more information.