Admissions Session and Volunteering Opportunity!

Good morning!

If you’re interested the Duke DPT program, there will be Duke Admissions Information Sessions on June 7th and July 19th. Find out more information and register here!

Special Olympics is also providing us a fun opportunity to volunteer at their FUNfitness event. The event will be held at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh on Saturday, June 1st.  Help from PTs, PTAs, PT students and PTA students will be needed. They also need non-clinical volunteers (friends, family, co-workers) to help with sign in, check out and flow within the venue. For more information, click here.

Have a great Tuesday, and reach out if you have any questions!

Exec Officers 2019-2020

Good morning! I’m happy to announce our officers for the 2019-2020 school year. We’re very excited about the upcoming year and hope to meet you at future events!

Exec Officers:
President: Kianna Lawrence ’20
Vice-President: Cindy Pan ’20
Treasurer: Michael Marsack ’20
Secretary: Jaylen Miller ’20
Historian: Gabby Cooper ’20

Please reach out to us via email if you have any questions – you can find them on our About page.

Duke DPT Info Session

Good morning, Pre-PT Association!

We’d like to remind you of a Duke DPT admissions info session on Monday, February 18th at 5pm. The info session will be held at the Duke Physical Therapy school. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the PT program and have your questions answered! Please fill out this form so that we can coordinate transportation to the PT school.

We hope to see you there!

PT Student Panel

Hello, pre-PT students!

This Wednesday October 24th, the Pre-PT Association will be hosting a Speed-Dating with PT Students event at 6pm in BioSci 130.

At our meeting this week, you will have the opportunity to talk to current PT students one on one, ask questions, get advice, and gain insight about PT school! We will also be going over class recommendations that will help you with bookbagging, which starts on Monday, October 22nd. Below is a list of current PT students who will be in attendance.

  • AC Caldwell ’18, UNC DPT ’21
  • Anthony Nash ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Caroline Schanche ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Christine Striesel ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • MaryEllen Targonski ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • Ryan Kelly ’16, Duke DPT ’20
  • Ali Swiec ’16, Duke DPT ’20

We hope to see you there!

Health Fair and Panel September 9th, 2018!

This coming Sunday, September 9th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, there will be a “Prehealth Check-Up” health fair and panel held in the Trent Semans Center Auditorium. For those interested, please remember to register at The Pre-PT Association will have a table at the fair following the panel, so please stop by and ask us any questions you may have!

Additionally if you’ve never been to Trent Semans, the Pre-PT Association will have representatives waiting at 1:45pm on the steps of the chapel to walk students over.

The Career Center, Health Professions Advising, and the Academic Advising Center provide this brief description of the Prehealth Check-Up:

The Prehealth Check-Up is designed to provide first and second year pre-health students with an early exploration of the healthcare industry and career possibilities. Panelists representing different careers within the health field will educate students about a variety of career options to explore and share their own professional journeys. Students will also be provided with information regarding volunteer and research opportunities at Duke! Plus, there will be a chance to mingle and network with panelists and other students, as well as learn about student-run pre-health organizations on campus. Career Center staff will also provide a personal introduction to resources available in and through the Career Center. This event is co-sponsored by Health Professions Advising & the Academic Advising Center.

Please feel free to reach out to Cindy Pan at for any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you there!

PT Panel


On Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 in Bio Sci 130, we’ll have a panel full of specialists in the PT field to talk to you guys. This would be a great chance to meet some people that might help you in your career down the road. “It’s not about the grades you make but the hands you shake!!”

Amy Donohoe- Orthopaedic PT Resident, Northeastern University (Boston)
Sarah Parker- Sports PT Resident, Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University
Zach Christopherson- D1 Sports Fellow, Pacific University (Oregon)
Beth Buzzell- Orthopaedic PT Residency graduate, Manual Therapy Fellow, Duke
Megan Lusby- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Resident, University of Kentucky
Cara Heaton- Pediatrics Resident, Duke

Hope to see everyone there!

Sports Medicine Panel

Duke Pre-PT is hosting a Sports Medicine Panel tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, at 7pm. It will be held in the K Center, Classroom 232. This is a great chance to hear from and talk to former Duke athletes who are now working in sports medicine! Some of the panelists include…
– Kendall Bradley — Soccer, Trinity Class of 2011, Duke MD Class of 2015, 1st-year orthopedic surgery resident
– Krista Gingrich — Basketball, Trinity Class of 2002, Duke PA Class of 2007, Senior PA at Duke’s Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital
– Rosie Canizares — Cheerleading, Trinity Class of 2004, Duke DPT Class of 2007, Clinician Educator at Duke DPT, Duke Student Health PT
Hope to see you there!

Duke DPT Information Sessions

Here is a list of dates during which Duke DPT will be hosting information sessions for prospective students.  This is a great opportunity to see what Duke’s physical therapy program is looking for in an applicant and to check out their facilities!

Friday, April 29th from 1:00-3:00pm

Friday, June 10th from 1:00-3:00pm

Thursday, September 15th from 6:00-8:00pm

All sessions will be held in the Technology Classroom, which is in Erwin Square above Baba Ghannouj. The address for the building is 2200 W Main Street, Suite B-230.

Upcoming Events!

Duke Pre-PT has organized a bunch of events for the coming semester. Here are a few happening in the next few weeks!

1. Seating and Mobility Clinic @ Campbell University

Saturday, January 30, 8AM-4PM

This is a hands-on learning experience with equipment available from representatives like Permobile and Sunrise.  There will be PTs and OTs leading sessions on seating and mobility that include: writing letters of medical necessity, measuring seats and backs, benefits of custom sitting, documentation, coding, and much more.

Cost: $25 — BUT if we have 10 students attending we can lower the cost to $15

Location: Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine on the campus of Campbell University, 4350 US-421, Lillington, NC 27546

Register at: (type the URL, don’t copy and paste for security reasons)

2. Duke DPT Students Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 7PM – BioSci 155

Current Duke DPT Students will be coming in to speak about their experiences during college, the application process, life as a PT student, and much more!  The students will also be going through some of their material that they are going to be using in a community outreach program.  This is  a great opportunity to hear from students who were in our shoes not too long ago!

3. Special Olympics Unified Duke-UNC Basketball Game

Saturday, March 5, 8-11AM – Brodie Gym Lower Basketball Courts

This is an awesome event hosted by the Special Olympics chapters of both Duke and UNC.  The game airs on ESPN during the Duke-UNC game coverage, and you get a free t-shirt!  Even if you are planning on tenting, they are working on a way to get tenters to be able to volunteer.  Click on the link below to sign-up!  For more details, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Duke Sports Medicine Running Clinic

Duke Physical Therapy will be hosting a running clinic on January 23th from 9:30am-12:00pm on the Center for Living Campus.  Please see the flyer below for more details. We hope you will join us, but if not, feel free to pass along the information to your fellow runners and friends!  The clinic will be presented by Ashley Davis Lake, PT and Julie Reo, PT.

Running Clinic Flyer