West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy
Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine PO Box 9225 Room 8701 Health Sciences South Morgantown WV 26506-9225 United States
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Program Description

The Division of Physical Therapy at the WVU School of Medicine is celebrating 50 years of excellence in PT education. The program was founded in 1970 and graduated its first class in 1972. Since then, the program has been continuously accredited and has graduated over 1100 physical therapists. Currently, we admit 40 students in the DPT program each year.

Our recently revised curriculum focuses on the role of the physical therapist as an expert in human movement and function. As part of an academic health sciences center, our students are exposed to rich interprofessional learning experiences and have access to a cutting-edge patient simulation laboratory. Students engage in extensive hands-on laboratory experiences, including cadaver dissection. As part of our missions to meet the needs of West Virginia, all students complete at least one of their full-time clinical experiences in a rural or underserved community.

Students work directly with faculty members with extensive clinical and teaching experience. Our eleven core faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, clinical practice, and scholarship. They are joined by four clinical and three adjunct faculty who provide clinical care and teaching in various specialty areas. Twelve faculty members have PhD/EdD degrees;  five hold DPT degrees; and nine hold advanced clinical specialist credentials.

The WVU physical therapy program has a proud tradition of producing excellent student outcomes including board pass rates, student retention and graduation rates, clinical performance scores,  employer satisfaction, and job placement. Over the past two years, our graduation rate is 100%, and our first-time board pass rate is 92%.  Strengths of the program cited on recent graduate/employer surveys included expertise of the faculty; classroom/laboratory space; and preparation in anatomy, orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy, examination and treatment skills, evidence-based practice, and interprofessional education. 

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
WVU offers a dual DPT/PhD program. Please see https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt/dual-degree-dpt-phd-program/
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
After receiving an offer of admission, accepted applicants will receive a tuition deposit invoice from the university. Deposit amounts are $400 for WV residents and $800 for non-residents. The deposit will be applied to the student's Summer 2023 tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
Additional Information about Refunds
Deposits are non-refundable. 
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
  • Kimberly Klaus
    Primary Contact
    Assistant Director of Admissions for Professional Programs