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:; website:


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.


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.


ECU DPT Program Curriculum

credits/semester hours shown in parentheses

First Year

Summer Semester

  • PTHE 8008 Gross Anatomy (5)
  • PTHE 8007 Functional Anatomy (3)
  • PTHE 8009 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy (2)

Fall Semester

  • PTHE 8100 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I (4)
  • PTHE 8101 Neuroscience (5)
  • PTHE 8103 Introduction to Patient Care I (2)
  • PTHE 8104 Pharmacological Agents and Pathological Processes (3)
  • PTHE 8702 Research Design (2)

Spring Semester

  • PTHE 8105 Introduction to Patient Care II (2)
  • PTHE 8200 Clinical Biomechanics (3)
  • PTHE 8203 Clinical Education I (3)
  • PTHE 8301 Motor Control & Movement Disorders (3)
  • PTHE 8201 Electrotherapeutic Diagnosis and Treatment (3)
  • No Spring Break

Second Year

Summer Semester

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

Fall Semester

  • PTHE 8501 Prosthetics (2)
  • PTHE 8502 Muscle Physiology (3)
  • PTHE 8703 Geriatric Physical Therapy (3)
  • PTHE 8801 Seminar in Physical Therapy (Seminar Intro) (1)
  • PTHE 8403 Clinical Education II (4)
  • No Fall Break

Spring Semester

  • PTHE 8500 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III (4)
  • PTHE 8401 Pediatric Therapeutic Intervention (3)
  • PTHE 8402 Adult Therapeutic Intervention II (4)
  • Electives (students select two electives = 4sch)
    • 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 Gait Disorders (2)
    • PTHE 8910 Muscle Plasticity (2)
    • PTHE 8911 Advanced Concepts in Spine & Manual Therapy (2)
    • PTHE 8912 Pain Mechanisms and Treatment (2)
    • PTHE 8913 Measurement and Analysis of Human Movement (2)
    • PTHE 8914 Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation (2)
    • PTHE 8915 Pathomechanical Approach to Treatment of the Injured Runner (2)

Third Year

Summer Semester

  • PTHE 8603 Clinical Education III (4)
  • PTHE 8907 Research Concentration (Experimental Design) (2)
  • PTHE 8906 Clinical Specialty Concentration (Design) (2)

Fall Semester

  • PTHE 8700 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
  • PTHE 8701 Administration of Physical Therapy Services (3)
  • PTHE 8702 Research Design (3)
  • PTHE 8704 Health Promotion for Physical Therapists (2)
  • PTHE 8907 Research Concentration (Data Reduction) (2)

Spring Semester

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