DPT Overview

If you’re a prospective student asking “Why would WCU be good for me?” here are just a few reasons we believe WCU will be a great choice for you.

Beautiful Location: There are arguably few places in the world more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, WCU offers the ideal blend of rural beauty with state-of-the-art facilities and countless recreation and fitness opportunities.

Comparatively Low Tuition and Fees: At WCU, you’ll find a tremendous academic value: a competitive academic program that’s on par with public and private universities across the country.
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 Quality of Instruction: Teaching is the primary mission of the university and our department. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty who are committed to providing you with the best education possible.
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Small Class Sizes: We admit only 32 students a year and we maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

Hands-on Experience: Faculty commitment to active learning, spacious state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and strong collaborative relationships within the larger community allow lots of hands-on learning experiences.

Pass Rates on National Licensing Examination: Our students consistently achieve pass rates above state and national averages.

Service Learning: Students are involved in service learning as part of the regular curriculum and they also have the option of completing either a research or service-learning project for their final project.
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Clinical Education: Our students have the opportunity to participate in full-time, supervised, clinical education experiences at sites across the nation. These experiences (34 weeks total) occur throughout the curriculum in 4 different clinical settings:



Human Movement Science Laboratory: Our state-of-the-art lab, provided by a grant of approximately $300,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, allows the program to supplement the education of students, conduct research, and provide diagnostic clinical services to individuals in the surrounding region.
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Ready to take the next step? Review our DPT prerequisite courses and admission information.


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