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 celebrates accomplishments of newest Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduates

Forty-six students received their doctor of physical therapy degrees at a commencement ceremony in McCrary Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

Department of Physical Therapy Education partners with Athletics Department on research

Student research poster presentations showcased the Department of Physical Therapy-Athletics Department collaboration by sharing findings on Wednesday November 28th, highlighting points that will help coaches, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches prevent injuries and improve performance.

Elon physical therapy students attend National Student Conclave

Among the attendees at the annual conference was Kaylee Pobocik, a member of the Class of 2019 who was nominated for the director of membership on the APTA's National Student Board of Directors. 

Christopher ‘digs deep’ as physical therapist for U.S. paratriathlon team this summer

Shefali Christopher, assistant professor of physical therapy education, worked with the athletes at the World Parathriathlon Championship in Iseo, Italy.

School of Health Sciences faculty, students work with pro bono clinic in Belize

Assistant Professor Melissa Scales was joined by four students in the Physician Assistant Studies program in Belize, where they worked with Hillside Health Care International. 

Anatomical Gift Program’s memorial service an expression of gratitude for ‘silent teachers’

The July 12 ceremony commemorated the lives and contributions of the program’s first nine anatomical donors.