University of North Georgia Doctorate Program in Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy 82 College Circle Dahlonega GA 30597 United States
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Program Description

The University of North Georgia, uniquely situated in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, blends small-town charm with cutting-edge education.  The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program intentionally maintains a small student-to-faculty ratio with an innovative 3-year curriculum to produce physical therapists who are movement specialists and leaders in the field.  Our curriculum is grounded in foundational and clinical sciences with progressive experiences in clinical education.  Integrated clinical experiences are introduced early and woven throughout the program to optimize professional development.  

Students complete 34 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences at a variety of national and international facilities.  Faculty bring a mixture of clinical and academic doctoral preparation and many are board-certified clinical specialists.  All students participate in a faculty-led research or innovation project to answer clinical questions and to learn to think like entrepreneurs. Leadership opportunities abound through management of the pro-bono Student-led Therapy And Rehab (STAR) Clinic or by becoming tutors or graduate assistants.    

In-state tuition for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of North Georgia is approximately $52,000 plus the cost of books, making the program one of the most affordable in the state of Georgia. To review tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state, please visit

Program Philosophy and Values

UNG is a public university in the University System of Georgia that has historic roots in military education, community engagement, and service in rural northeast Georgia. The UNG PT program faculty believes that the program prepares physical therapist graduates to deliver high-quality, innovative, and culturally inclusive care to North Georgians and beyond. In keeping with the mission of UNG, the DPT program is committed to developing physical therapists that demonstrate excellence, integrity, critical thinking, innovation, and active community service and engagement in their professional lives. The DPT program will provide an environment that fosters students to become: 

  • Collaborative team members
  • Critical decision-makers
  • Life-long learners
  • Progressive and innovative leaders
  • Contemporary entry-level DPT practitioners
  • Innovative thinkers
  • Culturally and globally aware citizens
  • Community health care advocates
  • Pioneers in PT practice
  • Human movement specialists

Furthermore, the UNG PT program faculty is committed to advancing the physical therapy profession through the generation of new knowledge. By advancing the frontiers of physical therapy, the faculty is well-positioned to create innovative approaches in physical therapy education and patient care. The UNG PT program faculty is dedicated to enhancing inter-professional communication and collaboration that culminates in a clearer understanding of physical therapists as human movement specialists.


Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program Vision Statement

The UNG PT Department will develop Doctors of Physical Therapy who are movement system experts and leaders in teaching, research, practice, and service.


Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program Mission Statement 

The UNG PT Department develops DPTs who through innovation and integration of research, education, service, and clinical care, optimize movement and function across the life span in diverse populations.

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?
Additional information about interviews

After review of application, selected students will be invited to interview for a seat in the class. Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of one-half day on campus for the interview process.  However, virtual interviews may be conducted pending safety regulations for Covid-19. 

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The deposit will apply toward the applicant's first semester tuition.  
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Additional Information about Refunds
The deposit is non-refundable and will be credited toward your first semester tuition in the UNG DPT program.
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