Welcome to DPT
Working in cohorts
Hands-on learning
Human anatomy lab


Measuring how well a physical therapy program’s graduates are doing is one indicator of a program’s quality. Accreditation status is another important factor. Read more about our accreditation.

Our first cohort graduated in December 2016. We were awarded Candidate for Accreditation status as of November 2013, which was before our first students began their studies.

We track student outcomes, including how many of our students graduate, how many pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) and how many are employed as physical therapists five years after graduation. We expect to meet or exceed our high expectations.

Life after School

How can we be so confident? We’ve set lofty goals for our program and our students. We’re serious about the student-centered approach that sets the Wingate program apart from other schools. We’re committed to retaining and graduating every student of every cohort; we strive to produce physical therapists who are well-respected in our professional community. We plan to keep it that way because our main focus is on producing physical therapists who are well-respected in the physical therapy community.

The hands-on aspect of our program is designed to prepare our students for life after school. Apart from clinical experience to earn their DPT degree, we encourage all our students to be members of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). They volunteer at and attend conferences in the profession and they have an opportunity to meet physical therapists and become familiar with life in the profession. When they earn their degree in 2016, they’ll be ready.

SACS Accreditation

Wingate University is accredited by the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral level. SACS is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America.

CAPTE Accreditation

Department of Physical Therapy & Professional Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Entry-level DPT program: 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (704) 233-8358 or email dpt@wingate.edu.

CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited or are seeking accreditation by CAPTE, and complaints about CAPTE itself. The process for formal complaints regarding CAPTE can be found here

Other educational programs offered by the Department of Physical Therapy:

CAPTE only evaluates entry-level DPT programs for accreditation and does not accredit transitional DPT, post-professional degree program, residency or fellowship programs. The residency programs offered by Wingate University are evaluated for accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. More information about ABPTRFE and the accreditation status of any residency or fellowship program is available at their website

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.