William Carey University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
WCU Physical Therapy Program 710 William Carey Parkway Hattiesburg MS 39401 United States
Program Description

As a Christian institution, William Carey University provides quality educational programs within a caring Christian academic community that challenges the individual student to excel in scholarship, leadership, and service in a diverse global society. The physical therapy program at William Carey University is committed to preparing students to become autonomous and competent entry-level practitioners by providing high-quality academic and clinical educational experiences based on adult learning principles. Our education program encourages students to become self-directed and to assume responsibility for their own learning, with the faculty guiding the educational process with rich, diverse and interactive learning experiences. 

In concert with the William Carey University mission statement, the physical therapy program encourages service to rural and underserved communities in the U.S. as well as internationally. William Carey prepares students to address health, wellness, and advocacy issues for populations in medically underserved and low-resource areas. Mission trips through the physical therapy program may be counted as course credit.

William Carey University offers the preferred entry-level physical therapy program, the DPT. Primary content areas in the curriculum include biology/anatomy, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, ethics/ values, management sciences, finance, sociology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, integumentary systems, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal structures and function.

The traditional program is a 4+3 program and is a full-time course of study (36 continuous months). The curriculum consists of 119-122 hours, with 36 of these dedicated to clinical education. The program begins in the Fall trimester of each year.

The 3+3 Accelerated Program allows high-achieving students enrolled in undergraduate study to seek admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program during their junior year of undergraduate work.  During the third year of undergraduate study, students continue to work toward a B.S. degree, complete prerequisites for the DPT program, take the GRE, and apply to the WCU Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Accepted and successful students will earn a bachelor's degree from William Carey University in the first year of the DPT program. After completion of two more years in the DPT program, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy from William Carey University.

The William Carey Creed: "Expect Great Things from God; Attempt Great Things for God."


Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Competitive applicants may be required to participate in a virtual interview.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
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Additional information about the class profile
William Carey gives preference to applicants who:

* Live in or have spent considerable time in rural or under-served areas.

* Graduated from William Carey or have completed coursework at William Carey
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No