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

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)

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The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) at Winston Salem State University (WSSU) is designed for professionals who have graduated with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in physical therapy and practicing in the field. We are committed to prepare and graduate professionals to succeed as an autonomous practitioner in an evolving global health care environment. Earning the t-DPT degree will allow professionals to remain in-step with advances in clinical care and evidence based-practice.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to do the following:

  • Understand, explain and manage clinical problems based on evidence.
  • Identify, read and critically evaluate current literature.
  • Function as an effective educator at various levels—with patients, students, peers, and the community and other health care professionals.
  • Advocate effectively for the profession, for the patients and for general health issues.
  • Develop skills required to be a lifelong independent learner.
  • Practice with evidence. Implement and integrate research in their clinical applications and management.
  • Develop and participate in community-based health and wellness activities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants from an Accredited US Program

  • All applicants must have successfully completed an entry-level BS or MS from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Applicants should request an official transcript to be sent directly to WSSU from the institution where they completed their entry-level physical therapy degree.
  • All applicants must provide a copy of a current and valid physical therapy state license.

Applicants from an Accredited University outside of the US

All applicants must have successfully completed an entry-level Bachelor or Master Degree program in physical therapy from an accredited university.

Applicants should request an official transcript to be sent directly to WSSU from the institution where they completed their entry-level physical therapy degree. Certified non-English transcripts or grade reports should be accompanied by official (literal, not interpretive) translations.

Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges, or universities outside the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all completed coursework. This is typically referred to as a course-by-course report. A course-by-course report should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the credential evaluation service.  Approved credential evaluation service agencies can be found at International Applicant Site.

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

Language proficiency requirements may apply if English was not the official language of their country. If English is not your native language, even if English is the medium of instruction in your home country, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (ILETS) which are administered at many sites worldwide. Your score on this test must be forwarded to Admissions by the testing service. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) is required. If ILETS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.

If registration forms for the TOEFL examination are not available at your present school, please contact:

ETS/TOEFL Program Office
Box 6155
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155, USA
Phone 1+609-921-9000
FAX 1+609-771-7385

You may also request practice tests from the Educational Testing Service.

How to Apply?

For the transitional DPT please apply online at https://www2.cfnc.org/exclusive.html#/applicationlogin/WSSU/Grad/WSSUGradApp

After creating your account, select t-DPT application.

Please follow the application and the admission instruction and provide complete your paperwork as requested.

There is nrolling admissions for t-DPT application cycle, once your application is complete and reviewed you will be notified with the status of your application with 5 to 10 business days.

Entry level DPT should apply at http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx

For assistance at any point in the process, please contact:

Admission Contract                                                      Program Contract

Ms. Monica Elliott, MS                                                  Dr. Hamdy Radwan

Associate Director of Admissionm Graduate                   Director of the Transitional DPT Program

admissions@wssu.edu                                                 radwanh@wssu.edu

336-750-2074 (p)                                                       336 750-2194 (p)

800-257-4052 (p)                                                       336 750-2192 (f)

336-750-2079 (f)                                  

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum

Total Number of Credits:             24 Credit Hours

The curriculum is composed of 24 credit hours.  Applicants have up to three years to complete the t-DPT. Applicants who successfully completed graduate level course before applying to the tDPT may transfer up to 6 credit hours toward the degree.  Graduates of Winston-Salem State University only are able to transfer up to 9 credit hours.

Standard Courses



Course Title



DPT 6315   Foundation of Autonomous Practitioner 3
DPT 6310   Health Care: Global View Point 3
DPT 6312   Clinical Decision Making in Physical Therapy 3
DPT 6306   Pharmacology for Physical Therapist 3
DPT 7202   Diagnostic Imaging 3
DPT 8101   Woman’s Health or Health and Wellness 3
DPT 8301   Differential Diagnosis 3

DPT 6320  



Teaching and Learning or Elective Course 3
DPT 7210   Special Topics in Physcial Therapy** 2
DPT 6318   Seminar in Physical Therapy** 3
DPT 6304   Motor Control 3

* Courses included in th degree plan may be customized to address specific needs for tDPT Candidate.

** These courses are taken with the approval of the faculty advisor and they can be repeated more than once to complete a specificproject.

Four courses (12 credit hours) will be required and must be completed at WSSU.

Required Courses Credit Hours
DPT 6320 Teaching and Learning: A Global Perspective   3
DPT 6310 Health Care: Global Viewpoint   3
DPT 6312 Clinical Decision Making in Physical Therapy   3
DPT 7340 Health and Wellness   3
Elective Courses Credit Hours
DPT 7204 Diagnostic Imaging   3
DPT 8301 Differential Diagnosis   3
DPT 6315 Foundation of Autonomous Practice   3
DPT 6325 Pharmacology for PT: Clinical Application   3
DPT 7210 Special Topics in Physcial Therapy   2
DPT 7104 Seminar in Physical Therapy   1
Payment Methods: (Attention for International Students)

Fees must be paid before the start of the semester.

If you are transferring funds from out of USA, please do that as early as possible to allow the fund to arrive before the semester starts.


** Please refer to the university website for the updated tuition and fee scale.



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