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.


Crystal Ramsey and Srikant Vallabhajosula receive Parkinson's Foundation Award

The grant will support their project titled "Do supervised home exercise programs improve compliance, physical functioning and emotional well-being in persons with Parkinson's disease after physical therapy care?"

5K, Fun Run & Health Expo generates support for HOPE Clinic 

The annual community event raised $6,500 for Elon’s pro bono physical therapy clinic and partnered with Special Olympics for the day.  

Shefali Christopher offers keynote at UVA’s Running Medicine 2019 Conference 

Shefali Christopher, assistant professor of physical therapy, gave the keynote address at the Running Medicine 2019 conference held March 15-16 at the University in Virginia in Charlottesville.


Elon hosts N.C. Physical Therapy Association Student Conclave 

The annual event offered academic, clinical and career guidance to 200 students from 13 of North Carolina's Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant programs. 


Elon DPT students volunteer with adaptive swimming clinic

Elon University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students volunteered with the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation to help make people with amputation, spinal cord injury and other physical challenges comfortable around water.

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

The meeting was held Jan. 23-26 in Washington, D.C., with 17,000 people attending.