Brenau University Department of Physical Therapy
Brenau University Office of Admissions 500 Washington Street SE Gainesville GA 30501 United States
Phone+1 800.252.5119 x6188
Phone 2 +1 678.827.7306
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Program Description

The mission of the three year full-time Brenau University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to strategically prepare physical therapy practitioners to lead extraordinary lives and careers. The program employs an innovative experiential learning environment through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of the traditional academic setting. Our broad mix of early and ongoing experience-based programs include: a year-long hospital-based early mobility program; a student-run pro-bono clinic; a Life Enrichment and Wellness program; and three full-time internships. These experiences build the connections that enable Brenau DPT students to transform from student to professional by practicing their profession as student members of various health care teams. This experiential learning model allows students to transfer their classroom knowledge and experiences to current clinical situations, and likewise, to bring on-going clinical events back into the classroom for reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis. The basic design of the learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.

Though our program is new, our faculty is not new at doing this. Highly qualified faculty members have been recruited and hired to serve as co-founders and developers of the Brenau DPT program. The existing five core faculty members hold wide-ranging clinical, teaching and research expertise (see webpage). Members of our current DPT faculty are still actively practicing physical therapists, and are expert practitioners in the various specialty areas including: sports, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, and geriatrics. They have led NIH and PT Foundation funded research and will continue to pursue their research agendas. Each faculty member is dedicated to the student, the patient, and the profession. We will continue to build our faculty over the next three years which ultimately will be comprised of twelve full-time core faculty members and multiple adjunct faculty who are specialists in particular areas of practice. This planned blend of qualified faculty will ensure that we meet our mission, program goals and expected outcomes.

Those who enter our learning environment will find an open, safe, and welcoming place in which they are encouraged to stretch and grow. We are dedicated to engendering a positive learning environment that incorporates support, curiosity, mutual respect, accountability, opportunity, honesty, fun, friendliness, creativity, challenge, and fairness. 

Classes are held in the newly renovated Brenau Downtown Center on the square in Gainesville, GA with access to a state-of-the-art human anatomy lab. A faculty practice, student-run pro-bono clinic, and Life Enrichment Wellness program will also be housed in the Downtown Center providing students with continuous hands-on experiences while in the program. The facilities are among the best in the country and allow faculty and students alike to learn and study in contemporary laboratories and classrooms.

We are fortunate to be located in a vibrant, smaller community which provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities while being only about 1 hour north from the city of Atlanta and 1 hour south of the Smoky Mountains.

To learn more about our program please go to our web page:

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit will secure a seat in the incoming class.  The deposit will be directly applied to the first semester's tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
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Incoming Class Profile
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We welcome and consider equally applicants from in-state, out-of-state, or out-of-country. 
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No