Why DPT? The E&H Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is those who want to become physical therapists. The 3-year, 118-credit hour graduate program reflects E&H’s core values of addressing issues of public concern through professions that contribute to the public good and educating professionals who are critical thinkers prepared to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment. Our degree features didactic and clinical education that includes lecture courses, laboratory courses, seminars, and clinical internships.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Effective February 23, 2015, Emory & Henry College was granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
On these attractive grounds, the D.P.T. program is housed in the newly renovated DPT Building, which provides 16,000 square feet of instructional, research and office space. This structure includes a skills laboratory, learning resources room, research room, student commons area, state-of-the-art cadaver anatomy lab, two skills labs, and a gait/motion analysis lab.
Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations through 2014, and was identified as an "Excellent Career" in 2006 by U.S. News & World Report. The demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as a result of growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function. The rapidly growing elderly population is particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services. Also, the baby boom generation is entering the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, increasing the need for cardiac and physical rehabilitation.