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. 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