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. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University has had an average graduation rate of 100% for the past 3 years (2019-2021), including both voluntary withdrawals and academic withdrawals. Our students have a 100-percent ultimate pass rate (2017-2020) on the national licensing examination for physical therapists, and the employment rate for our recent graduates is 100 percent (2018-2020).
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 from 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 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 include soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, softball, racquetball, and ultimate Frisbee.
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
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.