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.


School of Health Sciences honors human donors with a service of thanksgiving and farewell

The July 12 anatomy memorial service paid tribute to those men and women who donated their bodies to science. 

Daryl Lawson receives grant to research microtens and pain

The associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy Education was awarded a $27,154 grant from Omron Medical in Japan to study the effects of microtens and acute pain at the elbow, knee or ankle. 

Elon physical therapy students, faculty present at ACSM 2017 Conference

Elon's Doctor of Physical Therapy program was represented well at the American College of Sports Medicine 2017 Conference in Denver, CO. Haley Hawkins, a 2nd year DPT student also won a travel scholarship at the Conference.

School of Health Sciences Faculty and Students publish research about human donors 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Education faculty Janet M. Cope and Mary Kay Hannah and Physician Assistant student Mackenzie Precht along with Physical Therapy students Amy Klinepeter and Brooke Powell recently published a manuscript about the use of human donors in PT anatomy education in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 

DPT faculty and students publish research

‚ÄčDoctor of Physical Therapy Education faculty Mary Kay Hannah and Janet M. Cope and students Alec Palermo, Walker Smith and Val Wacker published a manuscript related to dry needling of the lumbar multifidus in Manual Therapy. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy students publish articles on anatomical variations

Carleigh High, Chris Scott, Kellie Ruffer and Chris Antonelli and Joanna Bayliss along with Professor Janet M. Cope recently published manuscripts in the International Journal of Anatomical Variations.