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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Radford University is a post-baccalaureate degree conferred upon successful completion of a doctoral level professional physical therapy education program.
It signifies completion of the current requirements needed to enter the profession and represents the completion of a comprehensive program and the fulfillment of high standards of clinical performance in professional preparation. Graduates of an accredited physical therapy education program are eligible to sit for the state licensure exam.
The DPT degree was created by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Their Vision 2020 states that "By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health."