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Rehabilitation Sciences: Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Our Program

The Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong State University is a full-time program.  There are 36 students admitted to each class.  The program consists of nine semesters of academic coursework, including three full-time clinical affiliations (with a minimum of 31 weeks of full-time clinical practice) and several additional clinical experiences.  Upon completion of the program, all students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  All program graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state licensure in all jurisdictions.  

The professional curriculum consists of two phases: "systems" and "life span." Courses introduced during the first year use a systems approach with cases in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular and integumentary physical therapy. As closely as possible, courses are coordinated so that students are instructed in the anatomy, pathology and diagnosis related to specific joints or systems of the body at the same time. During the third semester, students are given the opportunity to practice and integrate their professional skills in a simulated clinic course, Case Management. (Use of this experiential learning technique has been presented at international meetings.) Following the completion of the first year, students have an 8-week full-time clinical experience, allowing them to further solidify and integrate the classroom material in a clinical setting.

During the second year and early third year of study, students explore practice topics in greater depth within the context of a life span approach, covering content from diseases of children to impairments associated with aging.  These advanced courses are followed by two final full-time 11-week clinical experiences, with a return to campus for final coursework at the end of the program.  

The curriculum is further integrated by team teaching, a feature of several of the courses. Besides providing linkages between courses, this enables the faculty to serve as role models for the advantages associated with working together as a team.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong State 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: accreditation@apta.org; website:http://www.capteonline.org

Faculty

Currently the department consists of 11 full-time faculty and several adjunct faculty members.  All are licensed to practice within the state of Georgia.

Our Graduates

Of the 82 students admitted to the Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017, 78 students (95.1%) graduated and 100% were employed within three (3) months of licensure.  Over the same time period, 98.7% of graduates passed the licensure examination (NPTE), 98.8% on the first attempt.  

Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in Armstrong's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Information pertaining to our admission criteriaapplication process and tuition and fees is available elsewhere on this website.  You are also encouraged attend one of our information sessions (which includes a tour of our facilities).

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(December 9, 2016) – Armstrong State University has received a three-year commitment from the Hammond for Hope Foundation -- founded by Great Dane -- to fund two scholarships, beginning in fall 2017. One $10,000 scholarship and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to students working toward graduate degrees in Armstrong’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. 

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(December 18, 2015) - First year students in our DPT program conducted screenings at Georgia Game Changers. The students performed Functional Movement Screens (FMS) and Y-Balance tests on approximately (50) participants. Participants included recreational runners, high school track runners, and the general public. These screenings provided the students with an opportunity to provide a community service and practice new skills.

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(September 1, 2015) Lakesha Lewis, a behavior therapist and Master of Public Health candidate at Armstrong, has been making waves within coastal Georgia’s autism support network since moving to Savannah from Los Angeles five years ago.

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