Job Outlook

Physical therapists work in private practice, outpatient rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, home health care services and nursing care facilities. Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increasing elderly population will drive growth, as will changes to restrictions on the reimbursement of physical therapy services. Recent changes to health care and insurance regulations are expected to generate millions of new patients seeking physical therapy. Studies by both the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal show physical therapists achieve some of the highest levels of job satisfaction in the country.

Physical therapists report the second highest levels of job satisfaction in the country, according to the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

Student Outcomes

Elon University and the School of Health Sciences are committed to the professional success of all physical therapy students and graduates. That success is measured through a variety of different methods. Program evaluation includes graduation rates, licensure examination pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination as provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and employment placement.


Student Graduation Rates

  • The graduation rate for the classes of 2010 to 2012 is 99 percent.


FSBPT-NPTE Pass Rate

  • The total percent of graduates who passed the National Physical Therapy Examination from 2010 to 2012 is 99 percent. The first-time licensure exam pass rate for the class of 2012 is 92 percent.

Employment Placement

  • One hundred percent of Elon graduates are employed within six months of passing the licensure examination.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Elon University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.