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 students learning with a focus on their success in becoming 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. 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: 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.


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 on-campus. Just as a physical therapist 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.

The program offers students the foundational coursework to become a strong generalist clinician. Integrated clinical experiences are incorporated throughout the program to help students gain important clinical context and apply their learned knowledge and skills to authentic scenarios. We continue to expand and strengthen our robust partnerships with clinical sites to create additional opportunities for clinical education experiences.

Curriculum chart

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