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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 33-month, full-time, entry-level program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Physical Therapy Clinic at HHS building

  

In August of each year, a 32-student cohort begins a dynamic learning process that promotes interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, scholarship, and community engagement. The challenging curriculum is taught by faculty who are committed to molding students into exceptional clinicians.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed prerequisite courses with a high grade point average. Due to the standard of excellence we uphold our students to, our Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates have had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam for the past four years.

Review student outcomes data over the past four years.

Why Choose WCU?

    • 100% First-time Pass Rate: All DPT students have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination on the first attempt.  
    • Educational Value: Students get a great education for a relatively low cost.
    • 100% Employment: All graduates seeking employment have been successful.
    • Student-Centered Learning: Faculty’s primary role is preparing students to be exceptional physical therapists.
    • Facilities: Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, clinical equipment, and technology for teaching and research including the Human Movement Science Laboratory, the Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic and the award-winning Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic.
    • Location: The pristine beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and the arts and cultural vibrancy of the greater Asheville area make WCU an amazing place to live and learn.

Curriculum

Physical Therapy Classroom Curriculum Work

  

Program Summary:
33-months (full-time only)
8 semesters
111 credits
4 clinical education experiences (34 weeks)
Classes begin in August
Graduation in May
DPT Curriculum Summary

The curriculum consists of 111 semester hours of coursework offered in eight consecutive semesters, that begins by building a strong foundation of knowledge in the movement sciences and progresses to more complex applied clinical science and reasoning. Students attend classes full-time at the College of Health & Human Sciences building. Just as a physical therapists must acknowledge the whole patient—not simply a set of presenting symptoms—we honor each student and encourage his or her unique personal and professional development by implementing a variety of learning styles. 

Our students are equipped to be dynamic entry-level clinicians who are prepared to practice as generalists or apply for residencies after graduation. Clinical experiences are integrated early in the curriculum and throughout the entire program to provide students clinical context and opportunities to apply their skills to authentic scenarios. We continue to expand and strengthen our robust partnerships with clinical sites to create additional opportunities for clinical education experiences. We believe the structure of our curriculum is a highlight of our program that allows for optimal student learning. 

Curriculum chart

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