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Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

  • Application Deadline
  • 33 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States | Asheville, NC, United States
A career in physical therapy gives you a chance to work in environments from hospitals to nursing homes helping people restore motor functions. WCU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy is a program that prepares students to become physical therapist clinician generalists capable of practicing in a wide variety of settings.
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What You'll Learn

The D.P.T. is a 113-semester hour, 33-month program (including summers) that includes a 34-week, full-time clinical internship. The curriculum covers basic sciences, physical therapy sciences, scientific inquiry, clinical logic and clinical practicum experiences. In addition to the academic requirements, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the program. The program is intended to be a lockstep curriculum, but should circumstances arise students have six years to complete the degree.

Where You'll Go

Physical Therapists have a multitude of career options available. You could work with athletes, the elderly or the general population in environments from professional sports teams to a rehab facility in your hometown. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for physical therapists is $83,940 and is predicting job opportunities in the field to grow by 36% by 2020.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 33 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Therapy Science
  • Human Anatomy
  • Clinical Biomechanics 
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Professional Practice
  • Physical Therapy Science
  • Human Anatomy 
  • Clinical Biomechanics 
  • Human Pathophysiology
  • Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Clinical Practicum 
  • Professional Practice
  • PT Science
  • Medical Screening, Diagnostics, and Pharmacology 
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy  
  • Administration & Management of Physical Therapy Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants for the physical therapy program are required to complete the Graduate School application, pay the application fee and submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) through the Graduate School’s online process, “Apply Yourself”. 
  •  In addition, applicant’s must apply through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS).  The PTCAS requires that applicants list all undergraduate and graduate courses and verify with an official transcript; and list three references who will be expected to submit a reference online.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11628 USD per semester and a duration of 33 months.
  • National

    23256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11628 USD per semester and a duration of 33 months.
  • In-State

    10768 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5384 USD per semester and a duration of 33 months.
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Living costs

  • Asheville, United States

    1124 - 1870 USD/month
    Living Costs
  • Cullowhee, United States

    900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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