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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of physical therapy programs aren’t all the same. Ours has one focus: You.

Have you set your sights on a physical therapy career? At Wingate University, you can earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in three years. During that time, you prepare for the field by attending three semesters per year. Right from the start you’ll notice our student-centered approach that sets this program apart from other doctor of physical therapy programs.

At the end of your first week, you participate in The White Coat Ceremony, a professional commencement ceremony signifying the beginning of your professional career by donning your student’s white coat. From that point on, you and the other members of your cohort learn from faculty members who are distinguished practitioners with one goal: Your success.

Hands-on learning

The curriculum provides you with the foundation of knowledge you need to perform the essential functions of a physical therapist. It’s a hands-on approach, and our facilities are designed to support your hands-on experience. You can learn about the human body in the Human Anatomy Lab and practice physical therapy techniques on members of your cohort in interactive labs. You gain stronger practical skills with 43 weeks of training in four different types of clinical settings. This program is designed to get you ready for the National Physical Therapy Exam when it’s time for you to take it.

Some highlights of our student-centered program

White Coat Ceremony

A white coat looks good on you. It’s the hallmark of a healthcare professional.

All Wingate University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students receive their white coats during our Professional Commencement Ceremony, a special event that takes place in the Batte Center at the end of their first week of class.

The short white coat itself signifies the beginning of DPT students’ professional careers. And it could be the same for you. The ceremony is a tangible reminder that it’s time to leave the days of competing against fellow students behind and to begin collaborating with the members of your cohort. After all, if you decide to become a Wingate University DPT student, you’ll be part of a physical therapy program that places you at its center. 

Wondering if you’re white coat material? Eager to begin earning the white coat of a professional physical therapist? Attend an information session about the Wingate program. Applying is easy.

Human Anatomy Lab

We want you to excel in your physical therapy career. That begins with knowing the human body from the inside out.

Some physical therapy programs share their cadaver lab with other medical professional programs. Not at Wingate University. Our students dissect a human body in a designated Physical Therapy Human Anatomy Lab located in Burnside-Dalton on the Wingate, NC campus.

You and three to four colleagues are assigned a body that your group dissects from head to toe over the course of your first year. Our program is student-centered, and dissecting enables you to learn as much as you can about how the human body works. The state-of-the-art lab also features two high-definition cameras that make it possible for students to see every detail of the instructor’s work on one of several monitors spaced around the room. That’s because one offers a bird’s-eye-view and one is at an angle to provide students with the best view of what’s happening.

Want to learn more about our hands-on approach to learning, our facilities and how we prepare you for a professional physical therapy career? Just call or email us to let us know how we can answer your questions.

Our Facilities

You can use our physical therapy facilities any time you want. To study, learn and unwind.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) facilities are located in the Burnside-Dalton Building on the Wingate, NC campus. As a DPT student, you’re going to be spending a lot of time working with the program’s students, faculty and staff in a building designed just for you. The best part about it: You may not want to leave.

Next-Level Labs

Our program is one of few offering a Human Anatomy Lab dedicated to physical therapy students to ensure they know the human body inside and out. In your first year, you’ll begin the process of dissection rather than relying on prosection. The lab includes two high-definition cameras one offers a bird’s-eye view and one is an angled view. The camera allows you to observe every aspect of instruction in class so you won’t miss a thing.

You can further improve your skills in our interactive labs featuring the same tables and equipment found in physical therapy offices. Assess one of your classmates as you follow along with the instructor. Wall-mounted TVs around the room provide live close-ups of what the instructor is talking about and demonstrating.

Study Breaks Matter

You won’t be punching a time clock or leaving at 5pm every day while earning your DPT degree. Between classes and clinics, your schedule is going to vary. And the optimal time for study isn’t the same for everyone. That’s why our students have secure 24/7 access to the physical therapy facilities. At a time that works best for you, you can study on your own or with a group in one of the breakout rooms.

Need a moment or five? Relax on a couch, watch TV or play a few games on one of the consoles in the lounge. Need a hot meal, a quick snack or a good cup of coffee? No problem. Two refrigerators, two microwaves and two Keurigs means you probably won’t have to wait.

Study, Bond, Decompress

This is your space. That includes the breakout rooms. Whether you’re solo or working with a group, each breakout room includes a TV so you can connect your laptop to it to share notes and other information.

Students are assigned a personal locker in the building too.

Neurologic Residency Program

Atrium Health and Wingate University Clinical Residency in Neurological Physical Therapy can prepare you to be a leader in the field of physical therapy.

The Carolinas HealthCare System and Wingate University Clinical Residency in Neurological Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  The purpose of this clinical residency is to:

  • Train physical therapists in superior post-professional clinical skills
  • Provide physical therapists with advanced knowledge in the specialty area
  • Produce leaders in the field of physical therapy

Neurologic Residency Mission

Our mission is to provide a post-professional clinical education experience that accelerates and facilitates the attainment of advanced knowledge and skills in neurologic physical therapy. We seek to foster a growing body of skilled physical therapy providers that elevates our entire clinical enterprise and the quality of rehabilitative services we provide to the community.

How to Apply

Admission criteria include:

  • Complete the RF-PTCAS application and submit all supplemental materials.
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent U.S. Resident status.
  • Hold a DPT degree from a CAPTE-accredited institution.
  • Show that you’re licensed to practice physical therapy in the United States and eligible for licensure in North Carolina. License to practice in North Carolina must be obtained prior to the start of the residency.
  • Hold membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Submit three letters of professional recommendation.
  • Write an essay.
  • Provide transcripts from the institution where you earned your DPT degree.
  • Meet all Essential Functions of a Physical Therapist.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Complete an in-person or electronic interview.

Want more information?

For additional information, please email Diane Wrisley, PT, PhD, NCS, Director of Post-Professional Programs at Wingate University or call her at 704-233-8045. You can also email Jacqueline LaBarbera, PT, DPT, NCS Residency Co-director at Atrium Health or call her at 704-355-4461.


Outcomes Data

  Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Graduation rate 95% 98%  
Ultimate licensure exam pass rate 100% 98%  
Employment rate 100% 100%  


Take the next step

But first things first: If you’re interested in joining our program, review the admission requirements for the program and then complete your PTCAS application when you’re ready.

Do you have more questions about the program? You’ll find answers on these pages. We also encourage you to schedule a visit to tour the facilities and meet students and professors during our information sessions.

DPT Information Sessions

What should you look for in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program? We can help you decide.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Wingate University Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT), we invite you and one guest to our next information session. There’s always one right around the corner.

The next session will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. Please complete registration by November 9, 2018.

All information sessions are held in on the 3rd floor of the Burnside-Dalton building at Wingate University in Wingate, NC.

We’ll make it worth your time to attend one of these sessions. During the session, you can:

  • Ask questions
  • Learn more about the application process
  • Meet the DPT physical therapy faculty and staff and current students
  • Tour our facilities

Don’t put your future off any longer. Find out when the next information session is and reserve your spot by calling our admissions coordinator at 704-233-8674.

Reserve your spot