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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

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy


WSSU-Novant Health Neurologic Clinical Residency Program



  • Planning to apply to WSSU's DPT program during this application cycle? Please note that we have added the CASPer test to our admissions requirements. Currently, there is only ONE remaining date and time to take this test for our program (December 10, 2020 at 5 pm). You MUST take this test to be considered for admission into our program. If you know that you meet our program's GPA and GRE requirements, please go ahead and register for this test ASAP at Please contact us at with any questions.
  • We are excited to announce the newly established WSSU-Novant Health Neurologic Clinical Residency Program was granted initial accreditation for a period of 5 years by The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education!!
  • Due to unforeseen challenges secondary to the Covid-19 pandemic, the admission cycle for the WSSU-Novant Health Clinical Neurologic Residency program is on hold through the remainder of 2020.  An update will be coming soon on the re-open date for the application portal in early 2021. If you have applied to our program in 2020 and would like us to keep your application active, please email Sara Migliarese at  We hope this update allows any interested candidate to continue employment and education plans that best meet their timelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • Fall Open House dates for the 2020-2021 cycle have been established in a virtual format. Please visit the "Open House Information" section on the Application Process page for more information!
  • In accordance with UNC System guidelines and CDC recommendations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Physical Therapy will be limiting non-WSSU affiliated visitors on campus for the foreseeable future. If you have questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Darren Gainey, WSSU DPT Program Associate, via telephone at 336-750-2190 or email at Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time!

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.

The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences offers the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree plan which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Winston-Salem State University DPT graduates meet all education requirements for licensure through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) in all states and territories.