Program in a Snapshot

DPT, 106 credit hours

Accreditation Status
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program 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: accreditation@apta.orgwebsite:

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 to the ECU Grad School Financial Aid website. Scholarships in the PT Department are available for 2nd/3rd-year students. There are also several within the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Click here to go to the CAHS Financial Aid website.

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. GAs are awarded to first and second year students.

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.


credits (semester hours)
Summer Semester
PTHE 8008 Gross Anatomy (5)
PTHE 8007 Functional Anatomy (3)

Fall Semester
REHB 6200 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3)
PTHE 8100 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I  (4)
PTHE 8101 Neuroscience (5)
PTHE 8103 Introduction to Patient Care (1)
PTHE 8104 Pharmacological Agents and Pathological Processes (3)

Spring Semester
PTHE 8105 Introduction to Patient Care II (2)
PTHE 8200 Clinical Biomechanics (3)
PTHE 8201 Electrotherapeutic Diagnosis and Treatment (3)
PTHE 8203 Clinical Education I (3)
PTHE 8301 Motor Control and Movement Disorders (3)

Summer Semester
PTHE 8102 Physical Therapy and Instrumentation (2)
PTHE 8300 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (3)
PTHE 8302 Adult Therapeutic Intervention I (4)

Fall Semester
PTHE 8401 Pediatric Therapeutic Intervention (3)
PTHE 8402 Adult Therapeutic Intervention II (4)
PTHE 8801 Seminar in Physical Therapy (1)
PTHE 8403 Clinical Education II (4)

Spring Semester
PTHE 8500 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III (4)
PTHE 8501 Prosthetics (2)
PTHE 8502 Muscle Physiology (3)
PTHE 8703 Geriatric Physical Therapy (3)
Electives (students select 4 sh)
   PTHE 8900 Advanced Concepts in Sports Physical Therapy (2)
   PTHE 8901 Advances in Muscle Research (2)
   PTHE 8902 Advances in Lower Extremity Evaluation (2)
   PTHE 8904 Advances in Prosthetics and Orthotics (2)
   PTHE 8905 Advanced Seminar in Evidenced Based Practice (2)
   PTHE 8908 Advanced Topics in Pediatric Physical Therapy (2)
   PTHE 8909 Geriatric Balance and Gait Disorders (2)
   PTHE 8911 Advanced Concepts in Spine and Manual Therapy (2)
   PTHE 8912 Pain Mechanisms and Treatment (2)

Summer Semester
PTHE 8603 Clinical Education III (4)
PTHE 8906 Clinical Specialty Concentration (2)
PTHE 8907 Research Concentration (2)

Fall Semester
PTHE 8700 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
PTHE 8702 Research Design (3) or BIOS 7201 Bios in Health Professions (3)
PTHE 8701 Administration of Physical Therapy Services (3)
PTHE 8704 Promotion for Physical Therapists (2)
PTHE 8907 Clinical Specialty Concentration (2)

Spring Semester
PTHE 8803 Clinical Education IV (5)
PTHE 8801 Seminar in Physical Therapy (1)
PTHE 8906 Specialty Concentration (2)
PTHE 8907 Research Concentration (2)

Comprehensive Examination
Oral and Written Presentation of Research

Only one course of PTHE 8203, PTHE 8403, PTHE 8603, or PTHE 8803 may be repeated once.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program 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;; website:



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