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What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is a health profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction.
What do physical therapists do?
Physical therapists are health professionals who evaluate and treat the dysfunctions of persons who are impaired or disabled as a result of pain, disease, injury, or developmental delay.
Learn about the student led Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic that began in 2014!
Western Carolina University’s (WCU) Department of Physical Therapy welcomed another class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program Fall 2015. The next admission cycle (2016-2017) with an application deadline of October 1, 2016 is for students enrolling in the DPT program August 2017. An on-site applicant interview will be scheduled for applications evaluated as competitive. Interview dates are in December. Applicants are accepted from those who receive an on-site interview.
The Department of Physical Therapy fosters collaboration and teamwork between you the student and our faculty. Up to 32 students per year enter the Physical Therapy Program as a cohort and are challenged by a rigorous curriculum while being supported by their peers and an exceptional faculty.
You'll find that the combination of our collaborative approach, curriculum, service learning opportunities, outstanding facilities, and our location—in a lush valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains—makes WCU the perfect environment for a physical therapy program.
Once enrolled in the program you'll attend classes and labs in the new state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building with custom-designed classroom and laboratory space and an inter-professional clinic, your academic home away from home, which offers views of the surrounding mountains. Outside the classroom you'll have the option of participating in a wide variety of on-campus and fitness and recreation activities.
Above: Students take their studies outdoors for a team-building activity in Cherokee.