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     College of Allied Health Sciences
 Department of Physical Therapy

Doctoral Degree
PT Degree Pic 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. 
Research Picture The Human Movement Analysis Laboratory (HMAL) is located within the Department of Physical Therapy in the Health Sciences Building at East Carolina University. We are dedicated to minimizing the impact of movement-related limitations through identification of injury mechanisms and effective rehabilitation strategies. View more information about the lab and the research being conducted there on the 
Neuroscience Laboratory
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Neuro The Neuroscience Laboratory is focused on understanding the cellular mechanism involved in the development and recovery from chronic pain following central nervous system injury. The lab is also investigating the neuroprotective effect of exercise and other pharmacotherapies in the treatment of chronic pain associated with diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimer’s. View more information on the lab website.

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PT Clinics
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ECU Physical therapy is affiliated with the ECU Brody School of Medicine and ECU Neurosurgery & Spine Center. The clinic only employs licensed physical therapists. There are no technicians or assistants providing care to ensure you of outstanding physical therapy interventions. 

The therapists treat a variety of injuries and diagnoses in all ages and physical activity levels. The focus of the clinic is spine and orthopedic related injuries, although the therapists are licensed and qualified to treat numerous pathologies.

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News and Events
Walter Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins elected as President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section

Dr. Walt Jenkins, Professor and Chair, in the Department of Physical Therapy was elected as President of the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Physical Therapy Section April 30, 2015. During 2015-16 he will serve as President-elect followed by a three year term as President. The APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section is an 8,000 member professional organization serving its members, athletes of all ages and abilities, the profession, and the community at large through excellence in Sports Physical Therapy practice, research, education, and professional development.

Dr. Rich Willy Dr. Willy Awarded Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award

Dr. Rich Willy, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy received an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award in the amount of $15,900 to fund his project "In-field gait analysis and gait retraining to reduce risk factors associated with tibial stress fractures". Dr. John Willson and Dr. Stacey Meardon will be assisting with the project.

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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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