DPT Student Life

Through excellence in teaching, evidence-based clinical practice, and cutting-edge research, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is committed to producing the next generation of leaders in the field of physical therapy. 

Each year, 200+ students work with faculty, clinical educators, and staff who are actively engaged in exploring clinically relevant research to promote the health of patients and populations. 

Duke offers a wide range of programs and services that support the optimal development and well-being of students in all aspects of their lives and provides opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. Each heading is linked to more information.

There are many ways for students to connect with their classmates, as well as numerous opportunities to engage with the Duke and Durham communities. The activities and positions below represent the involvement of our current students. While this list is not exhaustive, it will give you an idea of the rich opportunities students have while attending Duke DPT.

Student Governance

  • Student government: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
  • Extra-DPT Class Representatives: GPSC Representative, Med School Representative

  • Intra-DPT Class Representatives: Intramural Representative: Webmaster and Technology Representative, Blood Drive Coordinator, Class Historian, Philanthropy Chair, Community Service Chair

  • Committees: Admissions, DPT 5K, Social, Outreach, and Fundraising Committees

Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities

See Duke’s list of volunteer opportunities in the area.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports include soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, softball, racquetball, and ultimate Frisbee.  

Duke Groups

Duke Groups is one-stop shopping for students interested in getting involved in Duke-sponsored student organizations and causes. Among the extra-curricular options are: Gay-Straight Alliance, Prayer Group, Carolina Hurricanes, Duke Club Hockey, Carolina Railhawks, American Dance Festival/Dance Medicine, Journal Club, Global Health Trips

Student Affairs

The University Center Activities & Events (UCAE) is a great place to start when looking for interesting events and activities. The UCAE also offers occasional advice on timely topics of interest.