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Features of the DPT at ODU 

Knee Angle GraphWe teach evidence-based practice.

We emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving in small group discussions and experiences.

We feel that physical therapists have a crucial role to play in health promotion and disability prevention.

Light MarkersWe believe that life-long learning is necessary for an effective, satisfying career.

We value Clinical Internships as an important part of the Educational experience.

We provide sessions with standardized patients to develop excellence in clinical skills. 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Old Dominion University is designed to professionally prepare students with the knowledge and clinical experience to become licensed physical therapists. This fully accredited program consists of 117 credit hours over a 3 year period of time including 3 summers. There are 5 full-time clinical experiences totaling 40 weeks. The first semester of the first year of the program starts in late June.

Program Highlights

Standardized Patients
A standardized patient is a healthy person trained to present particular social, emotional and physical findings during examination. We work with Eastern Virginia Medical School's Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center to present standardized patients that assist students in learning therapeutic interactions skills, patient interviewing, examination, assessment and treatment. Standardized patients are also used for practical examinations.

The use of standardized patients offers students a great opportunity to learn and practice their skills in an environment where they can safely be corrected before working with actual patients. The standardized patients also give feedback to the students to help them fine-tune their interactions to improve effectiveness.  

Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation
The CBRR is a state of the art facility for foundational research in neurologic disorders and clinical research in rehabilitation of conditions causing peripheral or central neurologic dysfunction. Researchers engage in collaborative opportunities across campus, across disciplines, with clinicians from Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Strelitz diabetes Institute, and with engineers from the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center. Funding has increased steadily since Dr. Steven Morrison has been Research Director.