Physical Therapy – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

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Physical Therapy

Program Description: The D.P.T. curriculum is a 33-month program (including summers) with 34 weeks of full-time clinical internships.

The programs' mission is to prepare students to become physical therapist clinician generalists who are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, to participate in delivery of primary care and interdisciplinary health care services, and to respond effectively to the special needs of rural and under served populations.

No thesis is required, but all students are expected to complete a major project before graduation.

Learning experiences include laboratory and clinical assignments, service learning projects in community agencies, and traditional basic science courses.

Program Brochure: Physical Therapy


How to Apply to the DPT Program - please follow these instructions carefully.


1. Submit an application through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS)

2. Submit an application through the WCU Graduate School online application system, “Apply Yourself

  • Complete the application form (general information)
  • No additional supplemental information needs to be submitted through this application process. All of this will be included in your PTCAS application and sent to the Department of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University.

Application Deadline  

If you have questions about the on-line application process, you can contact:

Graduate School and Research
110 Cordelia Camp Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9022
Telephone: 828-227-7398 or 1-800-369-9854 (within the USA only)

Information for International Applicants

  • Citizens of other countries, whose degrees are not from U.S. institutions, must have their transcripts and full course descriptions translated into English and evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation service.
  • International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a statement of financial responsibility.

Number of Graduate Faculty: 9

Number of Students: Up to 32 per year

Location of Course Offerings:

  • Courses are taught in Cullowhee.
  • Integrated clinical experiences are scheduled in clinical facilities located throughout western North Carolina.
  • Full-time clinical internships are scheduled in clinical facilities throughout the United States.

Graduate Program Admission Contacts:

Linda Donaldson
University Program Specialist
828-227-2290
donaldson@wcu.edu

Todd Watson, D.P.T.
Admissions Committee Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
828-227-7070
twatson@wcu.edu

John Carzoli, D.P.T.
Department of Physical Therapy
828-227-2268
jacarzoli@wcu.edu

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