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. All students in the Class of 2016 passed the NPTE on the first attempt, and two students achieved perfect scores.
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 core faculty members, 2 clinical faculty members, and 3 adjunct faculty members are dedicated to the highest possible physical therapy educational standards.
10 faculty members hold PhD/EdD degrees
8 faculty members are board certified clinical specialists, are fellowship credentialed, or hold other advanced specialty credentials.
All full-time clinical core faculty are active in clinical practice, in areas including cardiovascular/pulmonary, geriatrics, hand therapy, home health, manual therapy, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, vestibular rehabilitation, and women’s health.
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 120 DPT students in three cohorts with an average class size of 40 students
Student: Faculty Ratio of 9:1
West Virginia University
School of Medicine
1 Medical Center Drive
P.O. Box 9100
Morgantown, WV 26506-9600