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Why Choose WVU

Successful Graduates

  • 90% of graduates in the classes of 2004, 2005, and 2006 passed the National Physical Therapist Examination on the first attempt - well above the state and national averages.
  • All graduates successful in finding employment. Common practice areas include private practice, hospitals, school system, pediatrics, and adult rehabilitation.

"I feel that being a WVU PT grad gave me an advatage over other graduates looking for employment." - Suzie Luikart, MPT
Class of 2000


Qualified Faculty, Dedicated to Student Success

  • Our 8 full-time and 2 part-time core faculty members are physical therapists with combined experience of 247 years in clinical practice, education, and research

  • 9 faculty members hold PhD/EdD degrees

  • 4 faculty members are board certified clinical specialists

  • All full-time faculty are active in clinical practice, in areas including orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, cardiovascular/pulmonary, hand therapy, home health, and geriatrics.

  • All faculty are active in research, publishing their work in top journals, including:

    • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal

    • Journal of Allied Health

    • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

    • Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy

    • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

    • Physical Therapy

    • Physical Therapy in Sport

    • Journal of Perinatology

"The faculty and staff at WVU provide an excellent learning experience while fostering professional development and personal growth. WVU Physical Therapy is the best kept secret in America"- Derek Dalton, SPT
DPT Class of 2008


Coursework Designed for Success in Current and Future Practice

  • Extensive hands-on laboratory experiences, supervised by expert PT faculty, allow students to master patient care skills
  • Focus on clinical sciences - including anatomy, kinesiology, neurobiology, pathology, radiology, pharmacology - necessary for effective clinical practice.
  • Specific courses in orthopedics, neuromuscular rehab, geriatrics, pediatrics, and cardiovascular/pulmonary PT integrate clinical science knowledge with sound patient/client management skills.
  • Evidence-based perspective - "Evidence-based" practice involves the delivery of patient care that is grounded in published research and thoughtful, analytic justification of treatment.
  • Participation in research - all students participate in a research project with a faculty mentor.
  • 32 weeks of full time clinical education allow students to practice under supervision of physical therapists in a variety of practice settings.

"...if it can enhance the way we treat people, it's a good experiance. The body is something we're going to use throughout the rest of the practice. We asee all the pictures, but until you see it first hand..."- Jousha Romage, SPT, DPT Class of 2008, sharing his thoughts on gross anatomy lab with the Charleston Gazzette (August 7, 2006)


Qualified Faculty, Dedicated to Student Success

  • Program established in 1970
  • Continuously accredited since opening
  • 525 physical therapists graduated with BS degrees from 1972 to 1998
  • 242 physical therapists graduated with entry-level masters (MPT) degrees from 1999 to 2007
  • Total of 74 students currently enrolled in entry-level doctorate (DPT) program
  • Total of 15 students currently enrolled in transition DPT program for practicing clinicians
  • First entry-level DPT students to graduate May 2008