Hands-on learning and a student-centered curriculum are two of the hallmarks of the Department of Physical Therapy and our approach to education.

a physical therapy student practices on a patientThe doctoral program for physical therapy and our postgraduate training programs are designed to prepare Wingate students to meet the latest demands of the profession. Students have the opportunity to hone their skills in the classroom, well-equipped labs and in four different types of clinical settings during the their education.

The Doctoral Pathway

For traditional students, the doctoral pathway is a three-year, nine-consecutive semester approach which culminates in awarding successful candidates with the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Our curriculum offers students 43-weeks of experiential learning in the clinical setting. This is three more weeks than the national average. And the consecutive-semester academic calendar ensures that students have every opportunity to learn and retain vital theory and practical concepts.

Postgraduate Training Pathway

We recognize that trained physical therapists who hold a master’s degree are eager to extend their skills through postgraduate training. Wingate University offers two separate residency programs: The Neurologic Residency and the Faculty Residency to provide this advanced education.

The mission of the Neurologic Residency is to elevate the clinical enterprise, enhance the quality of rehabilitative services and produce leaders in the field of physical therapy. This residency is in partnership with Carolina Healthcare System and has been recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

The non-clinical Faculty Residency is intended for those who seek a career as a successful member of the faculty within the academy. This residency has also been recognized by ABPTRFE. Residents take the courses online, which offers them the ability to work clinically during their residency.