Physical therapists commonly provide non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, but may be involved in treatment of other body systems as well. In addition to treatment of existing problems, they may also provide therapies and strategies to maintain function and/or prevent future injury from occurring. Most PTs are found in primary care settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. There are also options to specialize in a variety of subspecialties such as orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, sports medicine, and neurology. The PT field is rapidly growing as demand steadily increases and interest in the profession expands.
Physical therapy programs award the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The professional program takes 3 years to complete.
There are currently 10 accredited DPT programs in North Carolina:
- Campbell University
- East Carolina University
- Elon University
- High Point University
- Methodist University
- UNC Chapel Hill
- Western Carolina University
- Wingate University
- Winston –Salem State University
UNC Charlotte does not offer the professional-level DPT program.