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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



  • 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!
  • WSSU DPT and OT Students and Faculty are excited to announce a Virtual Balance & Fall Risk Screening Event on September 25th from 10:00am-12:00pm! For adults ages 65 and over, a one-on-one balance assessment will be performed through a virtual platform, along with customized home fitness recommendations, falls prevention tips, and referrals to virtual balance and falls prevention programs. To sign up, please click the following link to access our sign up form: Virtual Balance & Fall Risk Screening Sign Up Form. After completing the form, you will receive email confirmation and detailed instructions on setup in the virtual plaftorm that will allow us to assess you from the comfort of your own home. Please email with any additional questions!
  • 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!
  • 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.  We will aim to resume the admission process in January, 2021, but do not have an exact date at this time.  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.

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.