Wingate University’s physical therapy program granted candidacy status

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Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program was awarded Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), effective Nov. 6, 2013. This pre-accreditation status is based on the program's demonstration of satisfactory progress, to date, toward achieving compliance with the evaluative criteria. The awarding of candidacy status allows the program to begin in Jan. 2014, with an initial cohort of 42 students, and adding an additional 42 students per cohort annually thereafter.

The program will continue to comply with all CAPTE standards in anticipation of a final accreditation visit from the Commission in 2016, prior to the first cohort’s graduation. Kevin Brueilly, founding director of the physical therapy program, explained that the accreditation process has been a strong group effort, crediting his faculty and staff for their valiant efforts in what has been an 18-month process. “Everyone has given 110% to get to this point,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier with the team we have been able to assemble thus far.” Applications are now open through May 2014 for the class entering in Jan. 2015.

Physical therapist ranks number eight in U.S. News and World Report’s list of 100 Best Jobs. Program directors say job opportunities look good in the field and employment is expected to grow much faster than average thanks to rising demand for services among older Baby Boomers. Source:

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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