Elon University Department of Physical Therapy Education
Office of Graduate Admissions Campus Box 2750 Elon NC 27244 United States
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Elon has taken pride in developing an outstanding educational program from its inception. Partnering with Alamance Regional Medical Center, the program began as a Master of Physical Therapy in 1998, and transitioned to a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2003. Elon's DPT program produces highly skilled, clinical generalists. Alumni exemplify compassion for individuals of every age, means and ethnicity, and are prepared for leadership, possessing professional integrity as they become part of the healthcare team. Alamance Regional's values mirror those of Elon University: excellence, compassion, efficiency, creativity and leadership. The partnership with Alamance Regional provides continuing professional growth for the physical therapy faculty and offers clinical and research opportunities for students. A student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 encourages students to work closely with their professors.

Elon's three-year modular curriculum is carefully designed to build on a solid science foundation while integrating hands-on clinical practicums. Each module is made up of related courses, and the length of the modules - ranging from four to 17 weeks - is driven by course content. The program begins in January, allowing graduates to enter the job market in December - a different time than most schools. The Elon DPT program includes 40 weeks of clinical practice - above the national average. During the second and third year, students complete three eight-week clinical practicums. The program culminates with a 16-week clinical practicum in the third year.  Elon has contacts in patient-care settings across the nation and students also work frequently with clients & standardized patients on campus. As part of Elon's commitment to educating students who become compassionate, global citizens, the Global Learning Opportunities (GLO) program provides options to study, explore and practice in a culture that is different from the students' own. GLO offers both domestic and international sites, including Australia, Belgium, Belize, Italy, Peru, Romania and the U.S.

The Gerald L. Francis Center is the home of Elon's School of Health Sciences and includes 50,000 square feet of interprofessional learning space for physical therapy, physician assistant, and nursing students. The facility creates an ideal learning environment for physical therapy education. Students have access to classrooms and skills labs, plus a human donor anatomy lab, osteology lab, locker rooms, a fitness center, numerous student common spaces, and study & practice rooms. Research spaces include state-of-the-art biomechanics, human performance, neuroscience, anthropometry, electrophysiology, and metabolic laboratories. The School of Health Sciences Interprofessional Simulation Center allows students to practice hands-on skills in the augmented, virtual and mixed reality suite and with high and low-fidelity manikins, standardized patients, and clients from our local community. Additionally, the Francis Center houses the Health Outreach Program of Elon (H.O.P.E. Clinic), North Carolina's first student-managed pro bono clinic. The clinic offers physical therapy services free of charge to those who are uninsured or under-insured in the surrounding area while also providing a chance for Elon DPT students to improve their clinical skills outside of their scheduled clinical rotations.

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Upon matriculation the entire non-refundable $1,000 deposit will be credited toward the first tuition payment.
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