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Doctor of Physical Therapy at GA-PCOM

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Georgia Campus

At Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA–PCOM), the mission of the developing physical therapy program is to prepare individuals who demonstrate excellence in the practice of physical therapy, emphasize a “whole person” approach to patient management, commit to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth, and engage in the well-being of the community.

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to be completed in three years (12 terms, four terms each year). Program requirements include 140 credit hours of coursework and 36 weeks of full-time clinical experience. Visit our curriculum page for additional details.

Vision

The PCOM Department of Physical Therapy is dedicated to:

  • Cultivating an inclusive learning environment that is diverse, inquisitive, dignified, and respectful and that will inspire caring graduates who advocate for all individuals in our changing healthcare environment.
  • Providing a state-of-the-art learning environment that offers the opportunity for “whole person” management through interprofessional collaboration, development and intellectual growth, as well as hands-on experiences.
  • Educational advancement for faculty, students and clinicians to promote development of exceptional healthcare professionals who are committed to life-long learning and engagement in the profession of physical therapy.

Job Outlook

Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing professions with a projected growth rate of 34 percent between 2014 and 2024; during the same period, growth in Georgia is predicted to be 40 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Approximately 130 positions for qualified physical therapists will go unfilled in Georgia between 2015 and 2020 (U.S. Department of Labor).

 

Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.