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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Campbell University focuses on an evidence-supported curriculum centered on the patient and clinical practice in rural healthcare. The curriculum utilizes integrated, interdisciplinary education to prepare students to enter one of the most rewarding and fastest growing healthcare professions. Students who complete the program will earn a DPT degree and eligibility to become a candidate for initial licensure in the 53 jurisdictions recognized by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

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The three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students to become licensed physical therapists. Anticipated job growth for physical therapists is much faster than average, with a projection of over 100,000 new openings between 2010 and 2020. In North Carolina alone, the anticipated job growth for PTs is an increase of 30 percent by 2016.


Campbell University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 36 month graduate degree program with 26.5 months of didactic education and 9.5 months of supervised clinical internships. Graduates will receive the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree upon successful completion. There is a one-week summative session before graduation. The program starts in January with graduation in December. Most didactic courses are held on the main campus with a few online courses completed while on clinical internships in the final year of study.

The DPT program curriculum is a competency-based graduate education (minimum required skills for physical therapist education and normative model of PT education) curriculum based on a hybrid model pulling from traditional, lifespan, and problem based learning. The sequence of courses is designed to start with foundation courses in the basic sciences, professional development, and early clinical skills. Following the initial foundational coursework, subsequent courses teach clinical assessment and intervention, medical, surgical and pharmacy concepts in patient management from a population based lifespan perspective. Integrated curricular themes in service-learning and early clinical experiences, therapeutic exercise, and approach to patient care using a lifespan model is designed to enhance student learning and promote confidence in application of skills and didactic knowledge. Clinical reasoning courses are designed to enhance student interaction through problem-based learning, application of concepts/skills, and critical interpretation of evidence. The integrated service learning and clinical experiences are designed to encourage inter-professional interaction and collaboration. Assessment of students in the didactic/classroom years is by written examinations, performance on laboratory practical examinations, reflective journals, professional portfolio, and participation in small group activities.

Four clinical rotations occur throughout the curriculum with a six-week introductory internship in the spring of the second year. The remaining three clinical internships occur in the third program year with durations of 10-12 weeks for a total of 38 weeks of clinical training. Students must complete a clinical internship in a rural location. Clinical internships need to be completed in an acute/subacute or hospital, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and elective clinical settings. Specialized settings may include burn/wound care, aquatic, industrial/vocational, and VA/military locations, home health, and school systems. Evaluation of clinical-year students includes a preceptor and student self-assessment of student performance using the clinical performance instrument (CPI), reflective narratives on patient care experience/delivery, case study presentations, and written examinations to prepare for licensure.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. (must be conferred prior to matriculation)
  • Cumulative GPA of > 3.0 and and math/science GPA of > 3.0
  • Recommended GRE score of > 300 (1100 in previous format) taken within the last 5 years
  • A minimum of 50 hours of work/volunteer/observation in multiple physical therapy settings
  • Completion of prerequisite courses and requirements


  • All prerequisites must be completed no later than December 31 of the year prior to matriculation
  • All pre-professional academic work must be done at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Science prerequisite courses work must be completed within the last 10 years
  • All prerequisite courses must have earned college credit hours
  • All prerequisite courses must have an earned grade of “C” or higher

Prerequisite Courses

  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with labs (this may be taken as two combined A&P courses with lab or one anatomy course with lab and one physiology course with lab) – 8 credit hours
  • One semester of general chemistry with lab – 4 credit hours
  • Two semesters of general physics (algebra) with lab – 8 credit hours
  • One semester of upper level biology (300+) with or without lab – 3-4 credit hours
    • 3-4 hours of exercise physiology with or without lab will be accepted to meet one upper level biology course
  • One semester of statistics (math or psychology) – 3 credit hours
  • Two semesters of social sciences (psychology or sociology) – 6 credit hours
  • One semester of math (algebra or higher with trigonometry preferred) – 3 credit hours


Admission Process

The program will begin accepting applications for DPT 2015 on February 1, 2014 and will close on September 1, 2014. The DPT program is committed to selecting applicants who have demonstrated academic success and strong critical thinking skills. In order to be an asset to the physical therapy profession, candidates should also possess integrity, compassion, empathy, flexibility, and the ability to multitask. The goals of the admissions process are:

  • To understand each applicant as a whole person;
  • To evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the DPT program;
  • To assess the candidate’s commitment and aptitude as a future practicing physical therapist.

Once a complete application is submitted it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.


The interview is designed as a two-way exchange with the goals of discussing and understanding:

  • The Campbell University DPT Program
  • The physical therapy profession
  • Educational background
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Rural healthcare needs
  • Inter-disciplinary cooperation
  • Work and personal experience

Following the interview process, applicants will be notified by the DPT program of an admissions decision through email and an official decision letter will be mailed. Applicants may be accepted into the program prior to completion of a bachelor’s degree or required prerequisite courses, however, all admissions requirements must be met prior to matriculation into the program.

Application Packet

Applications will be accepted beginning February 1 with an application deadline of September 1 for each admissions cycle. For example, students wishing to begin classes in January 2015 can apply anytime between February 1 – August 31, 2014.

Applicants are required to compile all official documents into a single packet to include the following items:

  1. All transcripts (seal/s must not be broken) and observation hours. We recommend requesting official transcripts early as the process can take 4-8 weeks to receive documents.
  2. Single packet full of required documents should be sent to:
    Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
    Attn: Lindsey Haire
    P.O. Box 1090
    Buies Creek, NC 27506

Applicants are required to request the following information to be sent on their behalf:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should be requested and sent to code 4575.

Applicants are required to provide this information online via the online application.

  1. Letters of Recommendation should be submitted via the online application system, Apply Yourself.
    Emailed or hand delivered recommendations will not be accepted.

Work/Volunteer/Observation Experience

The DPT program desires that students demonstrate a well-rounded, contemporary knowledge of the physical therapy profession. In order to demonstrate this, students must complete a minimum of 50 hours in a variety of clinical settings. A diversity of experience will be weighted during the application process. Examples of appropriate experience can include:

In-Patient facilities - Rehabilitation facility
- Acute care hospital
Outpatient facilities - Neurological rehabilitation
- Pediatric/children
- Industrial rehabilitation
- Orthopedic/sports medicine – Hospital based or Private practice
Home health -
Long-term care facilities - Skilled nursing facilities
- Assisted living

International Applicants

International applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses in a regionally accredited institution in the United States are eligible to apply to the program. International applicants may be asked to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score directly to the CPHS admissions office if English is a second language.

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Campus Visit

The DPT Open House is a two-hour information session that will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the physical therapy profession, career opportunities, how to become a more competitive applicant, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Campbell University.

Upcoming Dates:
February 13
March 13
April 17
May 15

DPT Mission

The mission of the Campbell University Department of Physical Therapy Program is to graduate doctors of physical therapy who deliver compassionate, patient-centered care from a service-oriented, Christian guided view, with a special emphasis on rural healthcare environments. Our graduates use evidence supported practice and sound clinical judgment, respect cultural differences, and model high moral character and professional responsibility consistent with the vision and mission of the College and University.

DPT Vision

The vision of the Campbell University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to enable distinguished, ethical, and compassionate physical therapists, prepared for independent autonomous practice in rural communities as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, serving as leaders for future professional direction, and influencing health disparities through advocacy of patients and profession.

About Campbell University

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Campbell University is a service-oriented, interprofessional teaching institution focused on student-centered education and patient-centered Doctor of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicineand graduate programs, which include MS Clinical in Research, MS Pharmaceutical in Sciences, and MS Public in Health; undergraduate programs include BS in Clinical Research and BS Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as outstanding Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Med programs.

With a proven track record of board passage rates exceeding 98% since our inception, Campbell has the program you want in the community you need. We offer dual degrees, state of the art simulation training equipment, interprofessional collaboration, individualized attention and international mission opportunities. Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy program founded in the United States in more than 35 years. For over 125 years, Campbell has been committed to its mission of preparing men and women for purposeful lives and meaningful service. With nationally recognized academic programs and small classes taught by professors, Campbell offers the preparation you need with the small community you want. In today’s world, where scientific and technological advances seem to occur at a constantly accelerating pace, it is crucial for our school to place itself on the cutting edge of medical education innovation and to prepare our students for a medical landscape brimming with challenge and change. In 2009, the college’s name was formally changed to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science.

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