The East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy has been educating clinicians to serve the needs of our state and beyond for 50 years. The undergraduate BSPT program was established in 1970. The program transitioned to the MPT degree in 1996, and to the DPT in 2005. The DPT is a three year, 106 semester hour program that includes 32 weeks of full time clinical education.ECU Physical Therapy has a long history of a strong commitment to entry-level PT education, cutting edge research, and engaged service to the institution, community and profession. Graduates are recognized for their advanced preparation and professional abilities in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems in patients of all ages. The faculty are accomplished academic professionals and distinguished in their respective areas. They represent basic sciences (neuroscience and muscle physiology) and PT specialty certifications and professional concentrations in pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, prosthetics, sports, orthopedics, and geriatrics. All faculty are actively engaged in research either in clinical settings or in our well-equipped motion analysis labs and basic science labs. All DPT students participate in faculty research during their time at ECU. Many PT faculty remain clinically active through our faculty practice. Our students provide pro bono PT services to underserved people in our community through their Student Run Clinic, and actively serve the community in many other ways. Our graduates consistently perform well on the National Physical Therapy Exam, and most choose to remain in NC to serve the needs of our citizens. For more information please go to: http://www.ecu.edu/pt/
The program gives strong preference to North Carolina residents.