College Of Health & Human Sciences

Physical Therapy Department

Physical Therapy Clinic at HHS building, students work with patient

 

A Growing Profession

Today's physical therapist plays many roles in a variety of professional settings. Some of the services provided include:

  • Diagnosing movement dysfunction that interferes with quality of life in people of all ages.
  • Designing treatment plans to restore and optimize function and prevent disability.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles and injury prevention by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs.

As the population ages and there is increasing emphasis on health promotion. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted much faster than average job growth for physical therapists compared to other professions from 2014-2024 (up 34%). The American Physical Therapy Association provides comprehensive information about the profession.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Department of Physical Therapy offers entry-level education at the doctoral level for graduates to be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist.  Our graduates are prepared in a dynamic learning environment that promotes inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, scholarship and community engagement.  A cohort of 32 students are accepted at the beginning of the fall semester (August) each year.  Admission is highly competitive, and requires a bachelor’s degree and completion of prerequisite courses with a high grade point average.  

SEE THE DPT PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM  

See admission requirements

Why WCU?

  • Great faculty, state-of-the-art resources and a beautiful mountain setting combine to provide an exceptional educational experience. Strong clinical partnerships allow clinical education experiences, both part-time and full-time, integrated across the curriculum. Consistent with the university’s Carnegic designation as a community engaged institution, rich opportunities for community engagement are encompassed in health promotion, research and other courses.  The new Health and Human Sciences Building provides home to a variety of health disciplines and space for clinical, research and laboratory experiences. 
  • The new Health and Human Sciences Building offers state of the art facilities and equipment, including a Human Movement Science Laboratory and Balance and Fall Prevention Clinic.
  • Clinical services on-site provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills with an emphasis on inter-professional collaboration.
  • Rewarding community engagement experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • Faculty with exceptional credentials focus on excellent teaching, and research is supported by faculty expertise.
  • Graduates demonstrate their strong academic preparation with 100 percent first-time pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination since the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum was implemented.
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