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2020-2021 Supplemental Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Supplemental Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy, DPT

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The Physical Therapy program 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. In keeping with the mission of WSSU, the program will develop practitioners who engender the values of social and professional responsibility, leadership, integrity and scholarship, as well as life-long personal and professional development.


The Winston-Salem State University Department of Physical Therapy develops doctors of physical therapy from diverse backgrounds who serve the people of North Carolina and beyond through evidence-based practice.


In keeping with the mission of WSSU, the program will develop diverse practitioners who engender the values of social and professional responsibility, integrity, scholarship, and leadership, as well as personal and professional development. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide services to diverse patients and clients who are impaired or have experienced declines in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. 
  2. Interact and collaborate with a variety of healthcare professionals to provide the best service to address the needs of the client.
  3. Determine and effectively communicate with a diverse clientele in order to address risk factors that may impede optimal functioning.
  4. Advocate for prevention and promote health, wellness, and fitness to address causes of health disparities between the majority culture and ethnic minorities.
  5. Engage in critical inquiry to address the needs of patients and clients.
  6. Direct and supervise physical therapy services, including support personnel.
  7. Provide services utilizing the art and science of physical therapy (PT) in an autonomous manner.

Application Deadline

Physical Therapy application deadline is January 15, 2021. This is a firm deadline.  There is not a rolling admission process. Applications for admission must be completed through the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy (PTCAS). The PT Department will process applications only when verified by PTCAS. Visit the program’s website for information on how to access PTCAS. NOTE: A seat fee is required for students offered admission to the program.

Transfer Credits

Six credit hours will be accepted from curricula of CAPTE accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy programs from non-core basic or clinical science coursework.

Degree Requirements

A total of one hundred and twenty three (120) credit hours and thirty six (36) weeks of clinical education experience hours are required for completion of the DPT degree.

Minimum Grade Requirements

A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average must be maintained throughout the program.

Time Limits for Completion

The DPT degree may be conferred upon a student who has successfully completed all coursework and clinical internships. Completion of this work is scheduled to occur in December of the third year. The student is eligible to sit for the national licensure board examination immediately upon graduation from the program. The program is lock step and students must progress with their cohort to completion of the program in three years unless approved by the faculty and chair.

Progression Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout their matriculation in the DPT Program. Students must also pass an integrated comprehensive exam at the end of their first year and score a 70% or higher in order to progress through the curriculum. In order to be eligible for graduation, students must pass a final comprehensive exam with a score of 70% or higher.


All courses are taught in an established sequence as part of the lock step progression in the DPT program. In order to proceed through the curriculum, all previous prerequisite courses (previous semester’s courses) must be met successfully with a C or better including Clinical Education Courses and cumulative GPA of 3.0.

4-YR *
General or College
Psychology: GENERAL
Social or Behavioral Science
General or College
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Growth & Dev.
Psychology: Life Span Dev.
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
General or College
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Math: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Chemistry I
General or College
Chemistry II
General or College
Physics I
General or College
Physics II
General or College
Anatomy & Physiology I
General or College
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: COMBINED courses
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
General or College
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: COMBINED courses
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
General or College
Biology: GENERAL
OTHER: Upper Level Biology
Upper Division
A&P: Exercise Physiology
A&P: Path physiology
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic

* YES=course must be completed in a 4-year college/university and NOT in a community college.
** REQ=required lab; Rec=recommended lab; NO=lab not required; N/A=not applicable

Additional information about program’s course requirements: WSSU requires that all “hard sciences” are taken in the past 10 years; they are Biology I, Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Upper Level Biology.

Required Courses

DPT 6101   - Clinical Biomechanics 
DPT 6102   - Evidence Based Practice 
DPT 6103   - Neuroscience Lab 
DPT 6105   - Physical Agents Lab
DPT 6106   - Basic Skills Lab
DPT 6210    - Basic Skills
DPT 6202   - Kinesiology 
DPT 6203   - Musculoskeletal I Lecture 
DPT 6204   - Musculoskeletal I Lab 
DPT 6205   - Community Clinic 
DPT 6206   - Pharmacology 
DPT 6207   - Physical Agents Lecture 
DPT 6208   - Acute Care 
DPT 6220   - Gross Anatomy & Embryology Lab
DPT 6201   - Porfessional Foundations
DPT 6303   - Neuroscience Lecture 
DPT 6304   - Life Span and Motor Control 
DPT 6401   - Gross Anatomy & Embryology Lecture 
DPT 7102   - Clinical Education Seminar 
DPT 7103   - Therapeutic Exercise Lab
DPT 7111   - Cardiopulmonary Lab
DPT 7112   - Musculoskeletal III Lab
DPT 7113   - Research Statistics Review
DPT 7200   - Musculoskeletal II Lecture 
DPT 7201   - Musculoskeletal II Lab 
DPT 7202   - Research Design
DPT 7203   - Therapeutic Exercise 
DPT 7204   - Diagnostic Imaging 
DPT 7205   - Adult Neuromuscular  I
DPT 7206   - Adult Neuromuscular II
DPT 7207   - Research II 
DPT 7208   - Prosthetics and Orthotics 
DPT 7209   - Movement Disorders 
DPT 7210   - Special Topics in Physcial Therapy
DPT 7211   - Cardiopulmonary
DPT 7212   - Musculoskeletal III
DPT 7215   - Clinical Education
DPT 7220   - Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation
DPT 7301   - Integumentary Management 
DPT 7515   - Clinical Education I
DPT 7702   - Clinical Education II 
DPT 8101   - Health and Wellness 
DPT 8201   - Adult Neuromuscular II Lecture 
DPT 8202   - Adult Neuromuscular II Lab 
DPT 8203   - Geriatrics 
DPT 8204   - Pediatrics 
DPT 8205   - Research III (Capstone) 
DPT 8206  - Board Preparation 
DPT 8212   - Administration & Management I
DPT 8214  - Administration & Management II
DPT 8301   - Differential Diagnosis 
DPT 8315   - Clinical Education
DPT 8515   - Clincial Education III
DPT 8802  - Clinical Education IV


DPT 6215   - Applied Spanish for Physical Therapy
DPT 6330  -  Special Topics:  Healthcare Finance and Decision Analysis
DPT 7225   - Advance Manual Therapy


Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national licensure examination for physical therapists administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Successful completion of this exam will enable the individual to be licensed as a physical therapist.  Licensure is required to practice in the United States.  Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the national licensure examination and/or obtain state licensure. Persons with concerns should contact:


North Carolina Board of Physcial Therapy


18 West Colony Place, Suite 140

Durham, NC  27705

Phone (800) 800-8982 or (919) 490-6393
Fax (919) 490-5106


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at WSSU is an entry-level, clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy.  The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  CAPTE is recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the sole accrediting agency for physical therapist education programs.  The program reaccredited in 2013 for a total of ten (10) years.

For additional information concerning the status of this program contact:

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA  22314-1488
Telephone: 703-684-APTA (2782)  
Toll-free: 800-999-2782
TDD: 703-683-6748
Fax: 703-684-7343

Admissions Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted before the January 15, 2021 deadline. Please make your check, certified check or money order payable to WSSU Admissions/Physical Therapy. Applicants must also include a full name and ‘PT Applicant ID#’, and submit all documents and the $50 application fee to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Winston-Salem State University
Anderson Center - Suite 137
601 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110     

Physical Therapy Observation Hours

Enter your PT observation hours on your PTCAS application.  Use online PT Hours signature process, as the program requires you to have your hours verified by a physical therapist.


Description of Program’s PT Hours Requirements PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours with signed form
Total Number of PT hours REQUIRED 50
Total Number of PT Hours RECOMMENDED 100
DEADLINE FOR Completion of All PT Hours YYYY-MM-DD January 15, 2021
PAID Experience Accepted
VOLUNTEER Experience Accepted
INPATIENT Experience Accepted
OUTPATIENT Experience Accepted
Additional information about program’s PT hours requirement At least two settings are recommended and higher consideration will be given to applicants with more observation hours and who have observed variety of different settings.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

GPA’s will be blank if program data is not available or applicable.

GPA Minimum GPA Average GPA for Accepted Students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.67
Program specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.60
Additional information about program’s GPA requirements (if any) Must have 10/12 pre-requisite courses completed by December of application year  

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

The program’s foreign (international) transcript policies do NOT apply to study abroad coursework that is itemized on a U.S. college or university transcript.  Study abroad is processed in the same way as U.S. coursework.

Program’s citizenship requirements (individuals listed may be eligible for admission)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Program requires non-native speakers to submit TOEFL scores? Yes
Program policy for submission of non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework Send foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework Send foreign evaluation for CANADIAN coursework to PTCAS
Additional information about program’s policy on foreign coursework  

Health Requirements

Students who are accepted into the physical therapy program must provide a record of immunization for the following immunizations prior to orientation:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

In addition to the university requirements, the department requires that you maintain an annual Tuberculosis (TB skin) test as well as a Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.  Immunization records and CPR certification must be completed prior to attendance in a clinical internship.  A certified background check (CBC) is required for admission to the university and program as well as drug screen prior to entering the program, at random points and prior to clinical experiences.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is the GRE required? Required
Program’s GRE College Code for 2011-2012 7635 (new)
GRE Accepted by Program for 2013-14 Cycle

GRE General Test and

GRE REVISED General Test accepted

Program’s GRE College Code 7635
Last acceptable GRE test date - YYYY-MM-DD (if applicable) 2013-01-15

GRE Score Requirements

Composite minimum is 290 (145 verbal & 145 quantitative), Average score for accepted students is 306.

References:  Three (3) references are required.

EVALUATOR TYPE Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator Evaluator Type ACCEPTED Evaluator Type NOT Accepted
Physical Therapist - 1 X    
Physical Therapist - 2   X  
Professor in Major   X  
Professor X    
Academic   X  
Supervisor/Employer   X  
Teaching Assistant     X
PTA     X
Pre-PT Advisor   X  
Politician/Elected Official   X  
Health Care Professional   X  
Friend     X
Family Member     X
Co-worker     X
Clergy     X

 Students seeking admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Graduate Record Exam within five (5) years of applying for admission
  • Completed graduate school application through Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS)
  • Minimum of fifty (50) hours of physical therapy observation
  • Three letters of references ( one letter must be completed by physical therapist)
  • Written essay
  • Grade of “C: or higher in the prerequisites courses listed above and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Application fee of $50 which must be submitted by check, certified check or money order made payable to WSSU Admissions/Physical Therapy and mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Winston-Salem State University
Anderson Center - Suite 137
601 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27110

Departmental Links



The next accreditation self study and onsite visit are scheduled for March, 2013.

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