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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 course sequence and curriculum page for additional details.

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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

Effective May 2, 2018, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 770-682-2306 or email phillippa@pcom.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.