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Why Choose WVU

SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES

  • The 3-year pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Board Pass Rate is 96.4%, which is higher than the national average of 92%. See all program statistics on http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt/education/current-students/program-statistics/
  • All graduates are successful in finding employment. Graduates practice in sports settings, private practice, hospitals, school system, long-term care, early intervention, and adult rehabilitation.

QUALIFIED FACULTY, DEDICATED TO STUDENT SUCCESS

  • Our 11 full-time and 4 part-time core faculty members are dedicated to the highest possible physical therapy educational standards. 
  • 11 faculty members hold PhD/EdD degrees
  • 7 faculty members are board certified clinical specialists or fellowship credentialed
  • All full-time clinical core faculty are active in clinical practice, in areas including orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, cardiovascular/pulmonary, hand therapy, home health, vestibular rehabilitation, and geriatrics.
  • All faculty are active in scholarship, publishing their work in top journals, including:
    • Physical Therapy Journal
    • Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy
    • Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal
    • Journal of Allied Health
    • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
    • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    • Physical Therapy in Sport
    • Journal of Perinatology

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 the supervision of physical therapists in a variety of practice settings.

HISTORY OF SUSTAINED SUCCESS, HIGHLY QUALIFIED FACULTY, AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT OUTCOMES ARE THE HALLMARKS OF THE WVU PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM

  • Program established in 1970
  • Continuously CAPTE Accredited 
  • Well over 1000 physical therapy graduates creates a strong network of alumni that serve as clinical instructors and employers
  • Approximately 110-120 DPT students in three cohorts with an average class size of 40 students
  • Student: Faculty Ratio of 10.6:1