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:
  • We are committed to meeting the needs of rural and underserved communities in WV
    • All students complete one of their full-time clinical experiences in a rural or underserved community
    • Students starting the second year of the program are eligible to apply to the AHEC Rural Community Health Scholars program. This program offers interprofessional learning experiences for students to prepare them to be leaders in improving the health of rural communities. 

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.

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