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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



  • On October 20th, 2023, the WSSU Department of Physical Therapy celebrated 30 years of PT excellence!! WSSU PT alumni, former faculty members and friends/family of the program joined current faculty/staff/students for this special occasion, in celebration of the history of the program and its bright future in PT education. Check out our Facebook page for pictures from this great event!
  • We have some new faces that have recently joined the WSSU PT Faculty/Staff Ramily! These 3 individuals bring tons of expertise and experience in their respective areas to the Department, and we are so excited to have them on-board!! We extend a very warm welcome to:
    • Dr. Jason Jakiela, PhD - new full-time faculty member (Assistant Professor)
    • Dr. Cheyenne Brown, DPT, GCS - new full-time faculty member (Director of Clinical Education)
    • Ms. Angela Gibson - new full-time staff member (Program Specialist)

Facilities & Technology

This innovative and unique program incorporates applied learning techniques across the curriculum, providing students with opportunities to be interactive, hands-on, and gain knowledge and experience while using cutting-edge technology. Students have access to various facilities and technology both on- and off-campus that will provide additional educational and experiential value as they grow towards becoming healthcare professionals. A few of the facilities and innovative technology that are utilized as applied learning techniques throughout the program include: learning labs at student-directed PT community clinics that serve medically disadvantaged residents of the region, a virtual hospital with human patient simulation, iPad-based electronic learning technology, a state-of-the-art Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab used for both clinical and research purposes, and much more!

Human Performance & Biodynamics Lab

The Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory is a collaboration between WSSU School of Health Sciences and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Multidisciplinary healthcare professionals (including physical therapists) often utilize this Lab to: design and conduct research in movement science, mentor and educate students in motion analysis, and/or collect data for clinical patient evaluation.

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.