Physical Therapy (DPT)

Degree Type

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Physical Therapy is concerned with promotion of health, with prevention of physical disabilities, with evaluation and rehabilitation of persons disabled by pain, disease, or injury, and with treatment by physical therapeutic measures as opposed to medical, surgical, or radiologic measures. (Stedman’s Medical Dictionary 28th Edition, Copyright© 2006)

 Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA 
  • Exercise Science BS 
  • Psychology BS (Natural Science or Health Studies)
  • Public Health BS 

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

Most PT programs require a certain number of hours in a clinical setting for admission to their program. This experience needs to encompass the depth of the profession through exposure in various PT settings.

Test Type

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

National Links

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

NC Programs


Physical Therapy Program Comparison Sheet