Why Choose WVU
Build your PT career on a proud legacy of success!
- The WVU PT program was established in 1970 to address a critical shortage of physical therapists in WV.
- Our first class of 16 PTs graduated in 1972. We graduated our first class at the masters level in 2000, and our first DPT graduates in 2008.
- The program has been continuously accredited since its inception.
- Well over 1100 physical therapists have graduated from WVU, forming a strong network of alumni who serve as employers and clinical instructors.
Our curriculum prepares students for today’s clinical practice.
- Our newly revised curriculum prepares Doctors of Physical Therapy who are experts in human movement.
- As part of an academic medical center, DPT students benefit from rich learning experiences, including:
- Interprofessional Education – learning with, about, and from other healthcare professionals.
- WV Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety (WV STEPS) , WVU’s premiere patient simulation lab
- Goss Anatomy laboratories featuring cadaver dissection
- Extensive hands-on laboratory experiences, supervised by expert PT faculty, allow students to master patient care skills.
Our highly qualified, experienced faculty are dedicated to student success.
- Eleven core faculty members, with over 200 years of combined clinical experience, are actively engaged in classroom and laboratory teaching.
- Three clinical faculty members are overseeing specialty clinical programs in women’s health, oncology/cancer rehabilitation, and neurological movement disorders.
- Three adjunct faculty members with faculty appointments in other programs/departments bring their unique expertise to the classroom.
- Ten faculty members hold PhD/EdD degrees. Four hold DPT degrees.
- Eight faculty members are board certified clinical specialists, are fellowship credentialed, or hold other advanced specialty credentials.
- Faculty are actively engaged in clinical practice in specialty clinical areas.
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Approximately 40 highly qualified DPT students graduate each year.
- Our 3-year pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (board exam) is 94.6%, which is higher than the national average. [see more Program Statistics]
- Graduates are successful in finding employment. Graduates practice in sports settings, private practice, hospitals, school system, long-term care, early intervention, and adult rehabilitation.