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 team developing therapeutic boot lands crucial biotechnology grant

The collaboration between engineering and physical therapy faculty has produced a prototype that targets nonhealing diabetic foot ulcers.

Daryl Lawson to serve as research chair of national wound management special interest group

The associate professor of physical therapy education was appointed during the American Physical Association’s Combined Sessions Meeting in February

Six Physical Therapy alumni recognized as board-certified clinical specialists at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

The alumni were recognized at the association's meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Elon DPT students, alumni and faculty present research at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting

Elon was well represented at the meeting in San Antonio, Texas, with one platform and 13 poster presentations. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy program student puts medical Spanish to use in Peru

Thanks to a partnership with El Centro de Español that empowers students to communicate in Spanish with patients, Carleigh High DPT'17 is spending several weeks at a hospital in Peru as part of her DPT clinical education experiences

Rebecca Neiduski named dean of the School of Health Sciences

Neiduski will provide leadership for graduate programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies and follows Founding Dean Elizabeth Rogers, who retired in 2016.