The WVU Physical Therapy Program was established in 1970 as a Division of the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine (SOM). For 27 years the Division offered a Bachelor of Science degree. In the late 1990’s the program joined with the Divisions of Exercise Physiology and Occupational Therapy to form the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science, in the SOM. During this period the program transitioned to a Masters of Physical Therapy degree (MPT). In 2005, the Division once again responded to national changes in the Physical Therapy profession by transitioning to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The first DPT class graduated in 2008. The Division has maintained continued CAPTE accreditation status over the 40 years of existence. To date, the Division has graduated over 1000 physical therapists.
The WVU Physical Therapy program is dedicated to the achievement of high standards in student outcomes including board pass rate, student retention and graduation, clinical performance scores, professionalism, employer satisfaction, and job placement.
To ensure that students are prepared for the National Board Examination, third-year students must successfully complete a board review course and pass a comprehensive examination that simulates the national board examination.
Physical Therapy Faculty
A quality physical therapy education begins with a well-trained, diverse, and dedicated faculty who are able to integrate basic science with real-life clinical experience. The faculty consists of 15 dedicated educators (11 hold terminal doctoral degrees, and 7 are Board Certified Clinical Specialists or Fellowship trained). Six hold the rank of Professor and 3 hold the rank of Associate Professor. The faculty possess expertise in many aspects of the basic sciences including: neurology, anatomy, physiology, and exercise science. Two faculty members hold doctoral degrees in Education. The faculty also have clinical expertise and/or clinical specialization in hand therapy, neurology, orthopedics, manual therapy, cardiopulmonary PT, geriatrics, pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, and acute care. Most of the core faculty maintain clinical practice in his/her area of expertise as part of a faculty group practice or through affiliation with local clinics and hospitals. Additionally, PT faculty are actively engaged in clinical research and several of the faculty are NIH funded. Several of the faculty are actively engaged in service in the American Physical Therapy Association. See the full listing of Faculty and Staff.
Benefits of Our Physical Therapy Program
- CAPTE Accredited
- Full gross anatomy lab (hands-on dissection)
- School of Medicine resources
- Qualified and experienced faculty who are actively engaged in the APTA
- Excellent student outcomes (Graduation, Board Pass Rate, Employment)
- Moderate class size (40 students)
- Faculty maintain clinical practice
- Exceptional classmates (average admission GPA 3.6)
- Affordable in-state tuition
- A 40+ year tradition of excellence in PT education
- National alumni network of over 1000 graduates
- Excellent Clinical Instructor network