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Doctor of Physical Therapy

A collage of physical therapy practitioners and patients for a graphic banner.
A collage of physical therapy practitioners and patients for a graphic banner.
A collage of physical therapy practitioners and patients for a graphic banner.

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. Our program incorporates a student-centered approach with content delivered in three full-time semesters per year. 

The White Coat Ceremony is held at the end of your first week of classes. This ceremony signifies the beginning of your professional journey. You and the rest of your cohort will hear from guest speakers and distinguished faculty members who have one goal: Your success.

Program Overview

  • Degree Offered: Entry -level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Program Length: 9 Consecutive Semesters (including summers)
  • Total Number of credits: 123
  • Cohort Size: 44
  • Program Start: One start per year in January - Spring Semester
  • Tuition: $12,333 per semester, beginning with the incoming class of January 2025, tuition will be held steady for the full three years while you are enrolled in the program and there will be no tuition increases.
  • Financial Fact Sheet (2023-2024)

Student-Centered Program Highlights

Wingate DPT is different from other PT schools because we embody the importance of faith, knowledge, and service. We offer our clinical expertise to the underserved communities surrounding our school, raise money for those less fortunate than us, and meet people in some of the darkest moments of their lives. We are able to make a difference in our community through the healing power of Physical Therapy. Through service learning opportunities like Neurowellness, Carolina Twisters, and our on-campus orthopedic clinic, students are able to treat patients before they even set foot in a clinical rotation, something that has helped ease the transition from the classroom to the clinical setting. I am thankful for the opportunity to attend Wingate DPT and for all the lifelong friendships I have made. I look forward to the lives, including mine, that will be changed once I start working in the field of physical therapy.

Eli Greear, Class of 2021

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 38 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.

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.

how to choose?

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 to attend one of our virtual information sessions:

  • Learn more  about our DPT program and the application process
  • Meet the DPT program faculty, staff and current students
  • Ask questions

Find out when the next information session is and reserve your spot by calling (704) 233-8674 or emailing

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Natalie Clark
(704) 233-8674