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Physical Therapy Advantage

What are the benefits?

  • Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy one year earlier than non Early Assurance program students.
  • Seamless transition into Wingate University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program without the stress of competing against other qualified DPT applicants.
  • Gain access to DPT students, faculty, and staff via the Pre-Physical Therapy student organization.
  • Receive individualized academic advising from a member of the undergraduate Exercise Science faculty.
  • Experience a dedicated Gateway class that will include leadership building opportunities.

To qualify for the Physical Therapy Advantage Program, candidates for the freshman-entry must meet the following criteria: 

  • Exercise Science major
  • An overall unweighted GPA of at least 3.4 or weighted GP of at least 3.6.
  • High school science and math grades of 90 or higher.
  • SAT score of 1150 (can be waived if both weighted/unweighted GPA meet criteria) or ACT equivalent.
  • At least 50 experiential hours under the supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Download these requirements.

If you have completed your first two years of undergraduate study, you can still apply to the program if you meet the criteria above.

  • An overall GPA of 3.5.
  • No science and math grades below B.
  • No grade of D or F in any course.
  • At least 50 hours of volunteer/paid experience under the supervision of a physical therapist.
  • Favorable recommendation from Wingate's Exercise Science faculty.
  • Download these requirements.

To continue enrollment in the program and to be accepted to the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you must meet/maintain the following criteria: 

  • Maintain the overall GPA of 3.5 and science grade point average of 3.25 in the undergraduate Exercise Science phase.
  • Maintain all science and math grades at a B or better.
  • Perform 50 additional hours of volunteer or paid experience with Physical Therapist supervision each academic year.
  • Apply to the program through PTCAS (centralized application service) during the third year of undergraduate studies.
  • Complete a criminal background check.

Use the button below to apply to Wingate and indicate your interest in the Physical Therapy Advantage Program by selecting "Pre-Physical Therapy" as your intended course of study.


Explore the doctor of physical therapy program

LeAnn Domitrovits performs physical therapy on a classmate during clinicals.

"The experience in my undergraduate program of exercise science with a minor in biology gave me critical thinking skills, research experience, and the intensity needed to succeed in a graduate program. I have to thank my academic advisor, Dr. Debra Davis, for giving me the constant encouragement and push needed to make it to where I am now."



Natalie Clark
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