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Since you’ll be hands-on as a physical therapist, we designed our physical therapist curriculum to be hands-on too.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum is a bit different than the physical therapist education you may find at other schools. Our students take courses for three years, nine straight semesters, summers included. This makes it easier for you to learn and retain vital practice concepts. And you earn your doctoral degree that much sooner.

Plus, you complement the valuable hands-on learning you receive in our Human Anatomy Lab with 38 weeks of clinical experience. That’s three more weeks than the national average. During this time, you familiarize yourself with a number of specializations by working in four different settings:

  • In-patient setting
  • Out-patient setting
  • Two Elective Settings

Students will also participate in five integrated clinical experience (ICE) courses, so you will start treating patients in your first semester. 


We’ve designed our academic schedule in a way that makes sense. You learn critical concepts in your courses and build on those concepts in the labs. The result is a curriculum that prepares you to succeed. This is your course of study for the next three years:

Cohort Demographics

  Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Matriculated Cohort size 44 44 44
Overall GPA 3.5 3.5 3.5
Science GPA 3.5 3.5 3.5
Combined GRE score 305 303 304
Number of states represented 14 10 13



  • Click here to view the Wingate University DPT Doctoral Candidate Handbook.
  • Click here to view the Wingate University DPT Clinical Education Handbook.

Since starting DPT at Wingate, I have established relationships with my professors that not only have been beneficial during my time in the program, but are lifelong partnerships that I know I can always count on. Director of Clinical Education, Karen Woodrow PT, DPT has ensured that my clinical rotations have run smoothly, and any questions or concerns were quickly addressed. She helped me build confidence in my knowledge and skills after COVID-19 left my cohort out of the clinic for four months. My advisor,  Brett MacLennan PT, DPT, MS, OCS, has given academic, professional and orthopedic clinical pearls throughout my three years in the program in order to help me realize my potential as a future physical therapist. The community nature of Wingate has given me a home away from home that I know I can count on throughout my professional career.

Anne Throckmorton
Class of 2020


Natalie Clark
(704) 233-8674