The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to challenge talented and ambitious learners to grow into autonomous health professionals. The curriculum combines first-rate classroom instruction and laboratory practice at our Augusta campus with extensive clinical training at sites throughout Georgia and the southeastern United States.
Our learner-centered curriculum emphasizes active learning, problem-solving skills, and evidence-based practices. Our primary goal is to prepare reflective individuals who possess the technical proficiency and problem-solving capabilities sufficient to enable the safe, efficient, and effective practice of physical therapy in a rapidly changing health care environment. Graduates are prepared to maximize wellness and minimize disability of diverse populations across a variety of health care environments including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, research laboratories, and corporations.
The program requires 36 months (9 consecutive semesters) of full-time study. A new class enters in May of each year. Classes are scheduled in a traditional weekday format at the main campus in Augusta. Graduation occurs in May.
Please see the College of Allied Health Sciences website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/index.php
In addition to specific academic requirements, candidates for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in the following five areas in order to meet the full requirements of the program’s curriculum.
- Sufficient intellectual capacity to fulfill the curricular requirements of the program
- Ability to effectively communicate with patients, colleagues, instructors and other members of the healthcare community
- Physical ability to learn and implement the various technical skills required to prepare for the independent practice of physical therapy
- Sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stress, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize healthcare practice
- Social attributes and behaviors required for full use of intellectual abilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective therapeutic relationships with patients and clients
Progression & Graduation Requirements
- In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit http://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/pt/program.php to review these requirements.
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