Since you’ll be hands-on as a physical therapist, we designed our physical therapist education 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 43 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:

  • Hospital
  • In-patient setting
  • Out-patient setting
  • Setting of your choice

Details of our program


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:

Year One

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Clinical Practice 1: Screening and Examination
  • Research 1: Search and Appraisal of Literature
  • Physical Therapist as a Professional 1
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurophysiology
  • Research 2: Design and Stats
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Practice 2: Evaluation, Diagnosis and Introduction to Intervention
  • Clinical Integration 1: Application
  • Diagnosis and Management of Integumentary Conditions

Year Two

  • Clinical Practice 3: Prognosis and Intervention Across Systems
  • Motor Development and Motor Behavior
  • Research 3: Outcomes Assessment and Capstone
  • Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Conditions 1
  • Clinical Internship 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions 2
  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Conditions 2
  • Clinical Integration 2: Reasoning
  • Diagnosis and Management of Cardiopulmonary Conditions 
  • Clinical Integration 3: Synthesis
  • Research 4: Capstone
  • Physical Therapist as a Professional 2
  • Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations
  • Differential Diagnosis for the Physical Therapist

Year Three

  • Clinical Internship 2
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Patient as a Learner
  • Psychosocial Implications in Rehab
  • Diagnostic Imaging in Rehabilitation
  • Management and Administration in Healthcare
  • Clinical Internship 3
  • Comprehensive Seminar 1
  • Clinical Internship 4
  • Comprehensive Seminar 2


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; 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:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (704) 233-8358 or email

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



Cohort Demographics

  Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Cohort size 42 42 42
Overall GPA 3.4 3.5 3.5
Science GPA 3.4 3.5 3.5
Combined GRE score 301.7 303 307
Number of states represented 18 12 14


DPT Information Sessions