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Brenda Wolfe
Developmental Advising Specialist
phone: 304-293-1690
fax: 304-293-7105

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Brenda Wolfe
Developmental Advising Specialist
phone: 304-293-1690
fax: 304-293-7105

Program Details

Program Description

Physical therapy is a hands-on health care profession that promotes optimal health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction. The goal of physical therapy is to help individuals reach their maximum potential and to contribute to society while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities. With population changes over the next few decades, physical therapy is expected to provide numerous diverse career opportunities.

To help meet the need for physical therapists in West Virginia, the WVU Physical Therapy Program was established in 1970 under the auspices of the School of Medicine. The program has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

The program currently requires a baccalaureate degree, and the professional curriculum is an entry- level doctoral degree program (DPT).

The WVU Physical Therapy Education Program is the oldest and most established physical therapy program in West Virginia, with over 1,000 physical therapy graduates in the program's 43-year history.

Career Profile

Employment of physical therapists is changing with the evolving health-care environment. Growth will occur as new medical technologies save more people, who then need therapy to resume their lives. As technologies permit more disabling conditions to be treated, and as the population grows and ages, physical therapists will play a vital role. Interest in health promotion also increases demand for physical therapists to evaluate environments, develop exercise programs, and teach safe habits to the population. Job prospects in physical therapy are expected to be excellent.

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Physical Therapy Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.