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Doctor of Physical Therapy at PCOM Georgia

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 
PCOM Georgia

The mission of the physical therapy program at PCOM Georgia 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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DPT Program Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at PCOM Georgia 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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How to Apply to the Physical Therapy Program

Visit the physical therapy program application requirements page to learn about the degree requirements, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and other important admissions-related information.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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Physical Therapy Training Facilities

Students at our Suwanee, Georgia location train in our modern, 12,000-square-foot Physical Therapy Education Center. The Center features state-of-the-art equipment as well as laboratories, classrooms, study spaces and more.

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Vision

The PCOM Department of Physical Therapy will be recognized for its:

  • Commitment 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.
  • State-of-the-art learning environment that offers the opportunity to learn “whole person” patient 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.

Graduate Profile

The graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at PCOM Georgia will:

  • Provide optimal patient/client-focused care in a variety of settings across the continuum of care and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals for individuals with movement disorders.
  • Incorporate research, clinical expertise and patient/client values while addressing the needs of the "whole person" (physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual and socio-economic).
  • Adhere to ethical and professional standards as described by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in its core documents, as well as laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which practice is located.
  • Advocate for the health care rights and needs of individuals and society while promoting the profession of physical therapy.
  • Engage in service to the profession, community and individuals in order to promote health, wellness and fitness.
  • Seek life-long professional development in order to maintain and enhance clinical expertise and competence.
  • Contribute to the evidence supporting physical therapy practice.

Job Outlook for Physical Therapists

Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing professions with a projected national growth rate of 22 percent between 2018 and 2028; during the same period, growth in Georgia is predicted to be 36 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Approximately 440 positions for qualified physical therapists will be open annually in Georgia between 2018 and 2028 (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 PTinfo@pcom.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

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