Applying for admission to physical therapy graduate schools? Here’s what you need to know about the requirements for Wingate University’s program.

You’ve worked hard for your dream and are now considering which doctor of physical therapy graduate schools to attend. We know that students always wonder whether or not they are qualified. You don’t have time for guesswork. That’s why we’ve made it easy by outlining our admission requirements.

If you’re interested in applying to our program, applications for the next cohort (beginning in January 2022) open July 3, 2020. Your application must be verified by PTCAS and available for review by our admissions committee no later than April 1, 2021. The earlier you complete the requirements, the better. All required application materials (official GRE scores, Transcripts, etc.) must be submitted directly to PTCAS. Because of our rolling admission process, the early applications are reviewed first.

PTCAS application

Wingate University uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for all applications to the physical therapy program.

Submit an official degree transcript

You must earn a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution by the time you begin the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. You must submit an official degree transcript for confirmation. International degrees that have been evaluated as a United States equivalent will not be considered for admission. If you’re admitted into the program with your baccalaureate degree pending, you’ll be considered provisionally admitted until your degree is awarded.


Each applicant must complete the following 11 prerequisite courses to be considered for the Wingate University DPT program. For applications to be eligible for consideration, applicants must be within two outstanding prerequisites.  These must be completed even if they were not part of your baccalaureate degree course of study. No exceptions. All prerequisite coursework should have a grade of “C” or higher. 

Applicable to the 2020 - 2021 application cycle as a result of COVID-19, prerequisite coursework completed in spring and summer 2020, and graded on a Pass/Fail basis will be considered. Additional documentation may be required.  All other prerequisite requirements affected by COVID-19 will also be considered based on the limitations that may apply.

If you’ve attended an institution that awards a quarter or other means of reporting coursework hours, you must have completed what our admissions committee deems to be an approximate equivalent to the semester hours shown for each course.

Course Credits W.U. Equivalent Credits
Human Anatomy with lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I BIO311 4
Human Physiology with lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II BIO312 4
Physics I with lab (may be calculus- or non-calculus-based) 4   4
Physics II with lab (may be calculus- or non-calculus-based) 4   4
General Chemistry I with lab 4   4
General Chemistry II with lab 4   4
General Biology I with lab 4   4
Upper-level (300 or above) Biology or Physiology (Exercise Physiology may fulfill this requirement) 3   3
Human Psychology (may be normal or abnormal) 3   3
Math 3   3
Statistics 3   3


Submit your official GRE score

All applicants must complete the Graduate Review Examination (GRE) within five years of the anticipated date of enrollment and report their score to our program through PTCAS. The Wingate University physical therapy program GRE code is 0747. As a result of COVID-19, we will accept the GRE at home option and the traditional option.

Two letters of recommendation

You must submit at least two letters of recommendation to apply to the program. As a result of COVID-19, at least one letter of recommendation from a currently licensed U.S. physical therapist is recommended, but not required.

Fifty hours

As a result of COVID-19, a minimum of 50 verified observation hours with a licensed physical therapist is recommended, but not required. Applicants are encouraged to complete as many observation hours as possible. Observation may be in any setting, and may be paid or unpaid.


After an initial application review selected applicants will be invited to a video interview based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, letters of recommendation, the PTCAS essay, observation experiences, service/volunteer activities, and leadership endeavors.  

Wingate DPT Acceptance & Matriculation Rates  
Matriculation Year Total Applications   Accepted   Matriculated   Yield Rate
Janaury 2018  668  95 44 46%
Janaury 2019  745 100 44 44%
Janaury 2020  531 95 44 46%

DPT Information Sessions

Submit a tuition deposit

If you’re admitted to the program, we make a personal call to share the good news. We follow up the call with a letter mailed to your preferred address.

To confirm that you accept the admission offer, we require a $1,500 non-refundable deposit within 30 days of the initial acceptance notification. This deposit is applied to tuition in the initial semester of study.

The expiration date of the offer of admission will be stated in the letter we mail to you. Failure to pay the $1,500 deposit by the expiration date stated in the letter will forfeit your place in the program.

There are no waivers or exceptions to any of these requirements. The Wingate University Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers no advanced placement or any other type of transfer credit from any prior enrollment in any health sciences, medical or related program. A qualified applicant previously enrolled in another CAPTE-accredited DPT program can be considered for admission only after consultation with the director of the former program of study.

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