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Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Apply using PTCAS to become a Physical Therapy Student at HPU!
The Department of Physical Therapy began in January of 2011. Effective July 22, 2016, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education elevated our status in granting the High Point University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
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The Department of Physical Therapy began in January of 2011. Effective May 12, 2020, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education elevated our status to approved for accreditation.

The Department currently consists of internationally renowned faculty and the world-class Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory . The Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratory houses our clinical entity: Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM translates the evidence produced by the Human Biomechanics & Physiology Laboratory and by other scientists from around the globe into the clinical practice of injury prevention, athletic development, and rehabilitation. We are growing rapidly driven by an innovative vision so please visit with us regularly as we continue our exciting journey.


The High Point University Department of Physical Therapy  will be diverse, student-centered, community-engaged,  and a global leader in physical therapy education, research and clinical practice.


The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to promote excellence in clinical practice by:

· Recruiting and developing leaders within the health professions who actively engage in meaningful collaborative educational, research, clinical, and service experiences.

· Creating autonomous, ethical, and compassionate evidence-based clinicians and scientists who maximize the quality of life in the communities they serve


As a Department, we value inclusivity and professionalism as demonstrated by:

  • Integrity

  • Accountability

  • Growth

  • Respect

  • Intrinsic Motivation

  • Humility

  • Collegiality

Pre-Requisite Courses (minimum)

Required Courses Credit Hours

Human (preferred) or Vertebrate Anatomy (lecture and lab)


Human (preferred) or Vertebrate Physiology (lecture and lab)


Biology I and II sequence   (lecture and lab)


Chemistry I and II sequence (lecture and lab)


Physics I and II sequence (lecture and lab)


Statistics (Biostatistics preferred)


Psychology (Abnormal and Developmental Psychology recommended)


English Composition/Writing


Pre-requisite courses must have been taken within 7 years of application deadline and no single class can satisfy more than one pre-requisite. Generally, GPAs and Natural Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) GPAs above 3.0 are recommended.

Applicants who have more than 2 prerequisites to complete at the time of application will not be considered for admission.

The High Point University  DPT program does NOT accept transfer credits from other physical therapy programs.

Credential Evaluation (if applicable): For all work completed in a college or university outside the United States, a detailed credential evaluation (showing English translation of courses, grades, GPA, degree equivalency, and more) must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office of High Point University from an appropriate agency.


GRE scores are required for admission. GRE scores must be submitted to the program (through PTCAS) from ETS and must have been completed within 5 years of application to the DPT program. High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy GRE code is 7368. There is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, but verbal and quantitative section scores at the 40th percentile or higher are strongly recommended.

Experience in the Physical Therapy Profession

There is no minimum requirement for volunteer/work hours. 100 hours of volunteer time or paid work in varied PT practice is recommended.

Letters of Reference

Provide three letters of reference with one from a PT and one from a professor required; the third is your choice (not a friend or family member).


High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy looks for more in future students than exam scores and grades. HPU DPT students must have the ability to interact and communicate with others, develop relationships, and carry themselves in a professional manner. Interviews are required for admission. These interviews happen in small groups on a rolling basis throughout the fall and winter. Interviews may happen in an in-person or virtual setting.

Before Entering the DPT Program:

The candidate must have completed all pre-requisites, have earned a minimum of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent, passed a background and sex offender check, passed a drug screen, confirmed that they meet the technical standards, and completed all application materials. Failure to pass these background checks or to meet the technical standards will not allow you to successfully complete the program and therefore, entry into the program would not be prudent.

Technical Standards for Admission

Technical Standards for Admission
Enrollment in the DPT Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional, and technical skills. In addition to the academic admissions requirement, the Essential Technical Standards delineate the abilities and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities. Overall, the purpose of technical standards are to delineate the skills deemed essential for continuation in and completion of the educational program. Technical standards are necessary to identify and communicate specific expectations for student performance in the academic and clinical environments. Reflected in the standards are those behaviors, knowledge, and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities and in clinical practice to ensure the well-being of the patient/client, self, and others.

Skills fundamental to physical therapist practice and to the curriculum of the HPU DPT Program include but are not limited to the following:

A candidate must consistently demonstrate professional behaviors in interactions with patients, clients, families, caregivers, health care providers, students, faculty, consumers, and payers. The faculty of the HPU DPT program recognizes its responsibility to develop candidates in the DPT program with appropriate professional behaviors and it is the expectation that candidates possess the ability to self-reflect, assess, and implement feedback and plans for professional growth and development.

The ability to observe is required to for lectures, demonstrations, and laboratories. A candidate must be able to observe patients accurately and completely both at a distance and up close noting both nonverbal as well as verbal signals. A candidate must display sufficient vision, hearing, and touch to detect patient needs in a busy clinical environment.

Candidates should possess the ability to express and receive all types of communication including verbal, nonverbal, and written that meet the needs of the target audience including patients and their caregivers. Candidates should  convey both compassion and empathy both verbally and nonverbally. Communication in oral, written, and electronic form with the health care team must be effective, efficient, and timely.

Cognitive, integrative abilities
Problem solving and critical thinking is a crucial component of an effective physical therapist. Candidates should possess the ability to problem solve, analyze, and synthesize large bodies of knowledge in the basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences at a level deemed appropriate by faculty and CAPTE in a timely manner. Candidates must be able to organize, prioritize, and evaluate and synthesize information in an efficient and timely manner as warranted based upon patient presentation

Psychomotor skills
A candidate should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients via palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other examination tests. Candidates must demonstrate the strength, mobility, balance, fine motor coordination, endurance, perceptual, and sensory capabilities sufficient to provide physical therapy services to any adult or pediatric patient, including heavy or immobile patients. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient motor function to perform emergency procedures when required.

Behavioral and Social Skills
A candidate must have the emotional health to full use his or her intellectual ability, exercise good judgment, and complete all responsibilities pursuant to the educational process and to the care of patients. A candidate must be able to tolerate physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding workloads. A candidate must possess the ability to establish professional relationships, based on mutual trust, with all individuals of the learning and working community from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and needs. A candidate must demonstrate tolerance, altruism, honesty, empathy, integrity, respect for self and others, diligence, interest, and motivation during interactions in both the classroom and clinical settings. A candidate must demonstrate the ability to cope and adjust to recurrent stresses, which are inherent in clinical practice.

Course Requirements
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Degree Requirements Credits
Total 129
Total 129
Requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Course Course Title Credits
PT 7000 Anatomy 7
PT 7010 Movement Science I 3
PT 7020 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (CVP) I 4
PT 7040 Foundational Clinical Skills 2
PT 7080 Independent Study I 1-3*
PT 7090 Professional Ethics and Values I 2
Fall Semester I
PT 7081 Independent Study II 1-3*
PT 7170 Dry Needling and Modalities 3
PT 7280 Evidence-Based Practice I 2
PT 7510 Movement Science II 3
PT 7520 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary II 4
PT 7600 Musculoskeletal I 4
PT 7810 Clinical Pathology 2
Spring Semester I
PT 7050 Local Clinical Experience I 3
PT 7082 Independent Study III 1-3*
PT 7180 Typical Development and Aging 2
PT 7480 Neuroscience I 2
PT 7610 Musculoskeletal II 4
PT 8400 Selective I 2
Summer Semester II
PT 7060 Community Outreach I 3
PT 7083 Independent Study IV 1-3*
PT 7580 Neuroscience II 2
PT 7590 Clinical Management and Documentation 2
PT 7680 Evidence-Based Practice II 2
PT 7770 Pain Science 3
PT 8385 Pediatrics 2
Fall Semester II
PT 7084 Independent Study V 1-3*
PT 7550 Local Clinical Experience II 3
PT 7560 Community Outreach II 2
PT 7690 Interprofessional Communication and Practice 1
PT 8380 Adult Neurorehabilitation 4
PT 8410 Selective II 2
Spring Semester II
PT 7085 Independent Study VI 1-3*
PT 8060 Community Outreach III 2
PT 8070 Regional to Global Treatment 3
PT 8075 Orthotics and Prosthetics 2
PT 8160 Primary Care 4
PT 8490 Medically Complex Patients 4
Summer Semester III
PT 7086 Independent Study VII 1-3*
PT 8050 Local Clinical Experience III 6
PT 8090 Professionalism and Leadership III 3
PT 8110 Integumentary and Specialty Practice 4
PT 8420 Selective III 2
Fall Semester III
PT 7087 Independent Study VIII 1-3*
PT 8900 Terminal Clinical Experience I 12
Spring Semester III
PT 8910 Terminal Clinical Experience II 12
Course Descriptions
*Independent study courses are optional educational experiences that may be scheduled for students at the discretion of the Program Director.

Note: Students will sit for the Board Examination at the end of April.
Career Opportunities
The United States Department of Labor Statistics expects the physical therapist job market to grow at a much faster than average pace of 34% through the year 2024. The need is even greater worldwide. Market trends driving this need include the aging of the population, greater life expectancy, an increased prevalence of chronic diseases, a greater focus on health, prevention, and wellness, and the public demand for physical therapists as movement and neuromusculoskeletal experts.

Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed, independent practitioners who do not require referral or oversight to practice (direct access practitioners). However, PTs are also valued members of many collaborative healthcare teams due to their expertise in analyzing human movement and great skill in manual therapy.
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