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WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy provides an integrative education program that is well-grounded in the basic, social and clinical sciences. The program produces 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.

The faculty provide students with the educational and experiential foundation to practice physical therapy and instill within them the values of integrity, dedication, responsibility, leadership, accountability, wisdom, commitment to personal and professional growth, and willingness to serve a diverse society.

Programs of Study



  • On January 6th, 2020, the Department of Physical Therapy is excited to kick off the new decade by welcoming the incoming Class of 2022, as they begin their journey to becoming future Doctors of Physical Therapy! Until then, the Department of Physical Therapy wishes everyone a safe, and joyous holiday season!
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2019 in both the entry-level and transitional DPT Programs, for successfully completing all course and clinical work, and are now officially Doctors of Physical Therapy!!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sara Migliarese, Dr. Nancy Smith, Dr. Christina Criminger and Dr. LaVerne Garner of the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Megan Edwards Collins and Dr. Cynthia Bell of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Karen Bartoletti of the Northwest YMCA for their contributions in receiving a grant in the amount of $147,626!! For more information, visit the Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Grant page.

Facilities & Technology

This innovative and unique 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.

Human Performance & Biodynamics Lab

The Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory is a collaboration between Wake Forest University School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Winston-Salem State University's Department of Physical Therapy. Physical therapists, physicians, and biomedical engineers design and conduct research in movement science and mentor students in motion analysis.

Community Care Clinic

WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy initiated a free physical therapy clinic housed within the Community Care Center of Winston-Salem, which services the medically uninsured and underserved residents of Forsyth, Stokes and Davie counties of North Carolina. The Community Care Center is the largest free medical clinic in North Carolina.


WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy is partnering with MSFit Foundation to provide graduate students with hands-on experience working with MSFit participants.