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DPT Activities and Features
DPT, 122 credit hours
Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education
The DPT is a three-year, 122 semester hour program that includes 36 weeks of clinical education.
Start and completion
Program starts in January of each year and terminates in December of the third Fall semester. A student may not take longer than six years to complete the curriculum.
26-30 students (79% in-state)
Winston-Salem State University's Department of Physical Therapy serves the people of North Carolina and the nation by providing an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The Department is committed to providing an integrative education program that is well-grounded in the basic, social and clinical sciences in order to produce competent and compassionate clinicians who are skilled in the areas of critical thinking and inquiry, clinical problem-solving, research, education, management and treatment delivery to address health disparities. This innovative and unique 122 semester hour program incorporates applied learning techniques across the curriculum using human patient simulation housed in a virtual hospital, I-PAD-based electronic learning technology, and student-directed community clinic learning labs supervised by program faculty. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art Human Movement and Biodynamics Lab that provides opportunity for faculty and student research and advanced clinical practice in pediatric spasticity assessment.
The faculty of the WSSU Department of Physical Therapy envisions a program that provides students with the educational and experiential foundation to practice physical therapy in a proactive, competent, ethical, and compassionate manner. Primary values inherent within the curriculum, modeled by the faculty and staff, and developed within the students, include integrity, dedication, responsibility, leadership, accountability, wisdom, commitment to personal and professional growth, and willingness to serve a diverse society. The DPT degree will prepare graduates to deliver both primary and interdisciplinary health care to diverse populations within a variety of practice settings and health-care delivery systems.
The rigorous 36-month program challenges and develops students year round. A new class is admitted each January, while our strongly recruited seniors graduate in December of year three. Clinical experiences at over 200 affiliated sites (in NC and beyond) are interspersed throughout the curriculum. Students spend approximately 36 weeks at several different clinical sites under the direct supervision of highly experienced and dynamic clinical instructors.