Dual Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Emory/Georgia Tech DPT/PhD Program combines the advantages of rigorous preparation of physical therapist clinicians in the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program with interdisciplinary research training in applied physiology and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Biological Sciences . Students spend their first three years in clinical DPT training program, then complete Georgia Tech's research PhD training program. Students must meet the requirements for each degree, but substantial synergy between the curricula allows both degrees to be completed within 6­-7 years, as compared with 7­-9 years if completed separately.

Emory DPT

The outstanding academic and clinical preparation offered by the Emory DPT Program has consistently ranked it among the Top 10 programs in the country. The program of study is 35 months in length commencing in June and ending three years later in May. During the first two semesters, students study the normal structure and function of the human body and principles of movement science across the life span. Beginning the third semester, study of pathophysiology and disease processes is integrated with clinical problem solving in concurrent courses.

Georgia Tech PhD

Independent research is the heart of a science doctorate. Research in the Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech is organized around the physiology of movement: motor planning and control, the mechanics of movement, and the physiological responses to activity. A strong, yet flexible curriculum provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to be successful, independent professionals.