• Western Carolina University

    Program Information

    Contact Information
    Linda Donaldson
    University Program Specialist
    Western Carolina University
    Department of Physical Therapy
    3971 Little Savannah Rd
    Room 232
    Cullowhee, NC 28723
    (828) 227-2290
    (828) 227-7070
    Deposit Required Yes
    Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants $500.00
    Additional Information about Deposit This nonrefundable deposit secures a seat for the applicant offered admission.
    Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process? Yes
    PT program start date for entering class 08/15/2018
    Size of most recent entering class 32
    Anticipated size of next entering class 32
    % of IN-STATE applicants accepted 81%
    % of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted 19%
    Social networking
    Facebook Page for PT Program https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Carolina-University-Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy/268106074085?ref=hl
    Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School http://www.facebook.com/WesternCarolinaUniversity?ref=ts
    Program Description
    Below are just a few reasons why we believe WCU will be a great choice for you: Facilities: The program resides in a spacious 160,000 square foot state of the art new Health Sciences Building with custom-designed laboratory spaces and new equipment for physical therapy. This is an environmentally friendly building design that blends with the surrounding natural beauty and maximizes opportunities for engaged learning. An interdisciplinary clinic and a sports medicine physical therapy clinic on the first floor of the building allow opportunities for hands-on learning and integrated clinical experiences. Included in these integrated clinical experiences is a student run pro-bono physical therapy clinic to provide much needed health care services to area residents. Beautiful Location: Few places in the world are more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, WCU offers the ideal blend of rural beauty with state-of-the-art facilities and countless recreation and fitness opportunities. Comparatively Low Tuition and Fees: At WCU, you’ll find a tremendous academic value: a competitive academic program that’s on par with public and private universities across the country. Quality of Instruction: Teaching is the primary mission of the university and our department. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty who are committed to providing you with the best education possible. Small Class Sizes: We admit only 32 students a year and we maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1. Hands-on Experience: Faculty commitment to active learning, spacious state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and strong collaborative relationships within the larger community allow lots of hands-on learning experiences. Pass rates on National Licensing Examination: Our students consistently achieve pass rates above state and national averages. Our 2007-16 three year ultimate pass rates are 100% and the 2013-16 period first time pass rate is 100%. Additionally, the 2015 and 2016 graduating class mean scores on the national board exam were the best in the nation. Service Learning: Students are involved in service learning as part of the regular curriculum and they also have the option of completing either a research or service-learning project for their final project. Clinical Education: Our students have the opportunity to participate in four full-time clinical education experiences (total 34 weeks) at sites across the nation in addition to a variety of clinical laboratory experiences. Human Movement Science Laboratory: Our state-of-the-art lab, provided by a grant of approximately $300,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, allows the program to supplement the education of students, conduct research, and provide diagnostic clinical services to individuals in the surrounding region.