DPT What to Expect

In an average week, students should expect to be in class from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every day. This time is split between the classroom, lab, and clinic.

Students hit the books more often especially during the first semester, in study and review sessions.


Classes are generally held in the IPE building, Erwin Square, or the anatomy lab on campus.

In the classroom, students might be taking part in a TBL (team-based learning) exercise, completing an individual or group readiness assessment, describing case studies, or learning new techniques and modalities.


In the anatomy lab, students dissect cadavers to learn the intricate anatomy of the human body.

Beyond the Classroom

DPT IM Champs

But it’s not all academics. DPT students are also frequently involved in extracurricular activities within Duke and the community.

Many student interest groups (SIGs) and groups run specifically by and for Duke medical students present opportunities for a rich social life.


Student Journals

Read first-hand accounts of life as a DPT student

First Year

Second Year

Third Year