Stephanie Feltis DPT'08

Innovative Academics

Elon's DPT program is built on science and research, with compassion and respect for patients emphasized throughout the three-year experience.

Key features include an innovative modular curriculum, world class facilities, accessible faculty, partnerships with the surrounding medical community and a focus on international and domestic service.

Stephen Folger and Srikant Vallabhajosula, DPT faculty

Expert Mentors

One hundred percent of Elon’s 14 full-time DPT faculty members hold doctoral degrees. DPT students work side-by-side with their professors and partner with them on research.

DPT faculty discuss their work with Elon's BrainCARE initiative, an ongoing program investigating the impact of concussions.

DPT course descriptions

Successful Alumni

Tatum Robinson, a physical therapy graduate, and Lisa Ciaravella, an Elon alumna, opened Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in 2006.

"We specialize in orthopedics, but we work to fit the needs of our community; we see everyone from quadriplegic patients to high school athletes," Tatum says.

Job Outlook and Resources

A Respected Reputation

One hundred percent of Elon's DPT graduates find jobs after graduation.

The job market for physical therapists continues to expand. Alumni work in private practice, outpatient rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, home health care services and nursing care facilities.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Elon’s three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program emphasizes a patient-centered approach to the profession. The program, which begins in January, immerses students in science and research while teaching them the value of respect and communication. Forty-eight weeks of hands-on clinical practicums reinforce the solid academics taught in the classroom. One hundred percent of Elon DPT students find employment after graduation.


Elon to host Global Education Symposium on Oct. 25

This year’s symposium will feature David Wong, associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University. Wong’s area of interest and expertise include intercultural competence, global learning, and the impact of study abroad experiences.

Hannah plays key role in passage of new state law impacting N.C. physical therapists

The legislation allows physical therapists the expanded ability to practice spinal manipulation without a physician's referral, with Assistant Professor Mary Kay Hannah leading the charge for the legislative change.

Johansson and students present at World Confederation in Geneva

Professor of Physical Therapy Education Charity Johansson and her students presented their research at the 2019 World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapy faculty and alumnae have study accepted for publication in NeuroRehabilitation

Department of Physical Therapy Education faculty members Bill Andrews, Srikant Vallabhajosula and Crystal Ramsey have received notification of acceptance of a research study entitled Reliability and Normative Values of the Wheelchair Propulsion Test: A Preliminary Investigation. Co-authors include Meredith Smith and Meredith Holder Lane, both of whom are Elon DPT graduates of the Class of 2017. 

Elon celebrates 4th Annual National Biomechanics Day

On April 17, 2019 Elon University celebrated its 4 annual National Biomechanics Day at Elon University.

Johansson publishes chapter on transformative learning

Johansson authors chapter on the development of professional identity among physical therapy students.