Doctor of Physical Therapy

The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program is a three-year graduate program that prepares students desiring to enter the physical therapy profession. The program has been carefully planned to meet the needs of the student through proven instructional methods grounded in research.

Established in partnership with the regional health care community, the DPT program is designed to meet the growing demand for physical therapists.

DPT students
Doctor of Physical Therapy students gain hands-on experience in the lab

The 100-semester hour program includes:

  • A student-centered approach from faculty who are dedicated to their students' success
  • A progressive, evidence-based physical therapy curriculum focus
  • Active student learning through case-based, integrated instruction
  • 40 weeks of supervised clinical experiences at health care facilities across the U.S.
  • A close working relationship between students and faculty
  • State of the art classroom and laboratory facilities

For additional information, please contact or 434.544.8885.

Program Director

Dr. A. "Rusty" Smith, PT, EdD, OCS
Associate Professor


Effective April 24, 2013: The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Lynchburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.684.2782; email:; website,  

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Lynchburg College is a proud Master Partner with the Partners in Education Program, a joint venture between Lynchburg City Schools and Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Hear Dr. Rusty Smith, program director, talk about the DPT program
Drew Pociluyko"I enjoy learning the material and seeing how it all fits together in figuring out how to provide the best possible care to our patients."
Drew Pociluyko, Virginia Tech grad and LC-DPT Class of 2015


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