Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Todd Telemeco, DPT Program DirectorIt is my pleasure to welcome you to Methodist University Department of Physical Therapy and I thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. Physical Therapy is an exciting and rewarding profession that offers numerous opportunities in clinical practice, education, research, administration and professional service. I commend you on your choice of this profession as it reflects your commitment to caring for others in the context of a profession that is continually evolving to meet new demands and rising challenges in health care delivery.

Today, Physical Therapists are recognized as practitioners that have ever-increasing autonomy and take active roles in wellness and prevention, fitness, and rehabilitation. This means that in addition to knowledge and understanding of movement science; physical therapists must also possess a keen understanding of a dynamic health care system, have strong leadership capabilities, and be skilled in the art of human interaction. Therefore, the DPT faculty is committed to offering a high quality educational experience to develop graduate practitioners that are prepared to play a vital role in health care today and in the future. The character of our program is reflected in the tenets of the university's slogan, "Engage, Enrich, and Empower," which are embedded in the DPT program.

Engage: The educational experience in the DPT program at Methodist University engages students by maintaining a low student to faculty ratio, providing faculty mentoring throughout the curriculum, providing state-of-the-art facilities, and retaining faculty that are actively engaged in the clinic and/or research.

Enrich: At Methodist University, the faculty enrich students learning experiences through direct patient interactions, mentoring active participation in student centered research projects and by modeling evidence-based decision making in the classroom and clinic.

Empower: The students at Methodist are empowered to become clinician leaders. This is accomplished through a DPT curriculum that is intended to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice within the scope of physical therapy as well as position them to be leaders that are poised to shape the future of the profession.

On behalf of the faculty, we welcome your inquiry, invite you to navigate around our website, and learn more about our program. We look forward to helping you achieve your professional goals at Methodist University.

Todd A. Telemeco, PT, DPT, PhD, ECS
Founding Chair and Director
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Methodist University

Program Overview

The program was started in August 2013 and formally approved by the University in February 2014. The DPT program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which is required for licensure (for more information, accreditation). However, the Program submitted an application for candidacy with an anticipated start date of August 2015.

  • Program Length: 3 years (33 months)
  • Semesters: 8
  • Didactic Credits: 108
  • Clinical Credits: 19
  • Clinical Rotations: 38 weeks

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12 noon
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12 noon
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12 noon

Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building
Please RSVP to one week prior to the session. Seating is limited.

Program Faculty & Staff

Germaine Bowles, Administrative Assistant, DPT Program

Germaine Bowles

Administrative Assistant, DPT Program
(910) 480-8538
Stacia Britton, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Stacia Britton, D.P.T.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7476
John Fox, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

John Fox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 480-8494
Matthew Kesic, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Matthew Kesic, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7295
Julie Kresta, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Julie Kresta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7217
Dr. Lori Leineke, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Lori Leineke, D.P.T.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Phone TBA
Katie Novak, Director of DPT & OTD Admissions

Katie Novak

Director, DPT & OTD Admissions
(910) 480-8493
Penny Schulken, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Penny Schulken, D.P.T.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7213
Todd Telemeco, Associate Professor & Director of Physical Therapy

Todd Telemeco, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences
(910) 630-7216
Dr. Stephanie Watkins, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Stephanie Watkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
(910) 630-7495

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