Department website: http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Nature of Program
The WVU Division of Physical Therapy was established in 1970 under the auspices of the School of Medicine to help meet the need for physical therapists in West Virginia. The program became an entry-level doctoral degree program in Fall 2005. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, a specialized body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. The most recent accreditation was awarded in November of 2011 for ten years. Forty full-time students are admitted in a typical annual admissions cycle. Preference is given to West Virginia residents and non-residents who have attended a West Virginia college or university or who have ties to West Virginia. All other non-residents who meet program requirements will also be considered for admission.
Students admitted into the program complete three years of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical education, and part-time and full-time supervised clinical practice in various clinics in West Virginia and other states. A doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degree is awarded upon completion of the program which entitles the graduate to apply for examination for state licensure. A license to practice physical therapy is required by all states.
The Profession of Physical Therapy
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 fully participate in all societal roles according to their capabilities.
Demand for physical therapy services is expected to continue over the next ten years. The demand for physical therapists in all practice settings is affected by such factors as an aging population and increased emphasis on a healthy, active lifestyle. The professional organization represents therapists on healthcare issues and is working hard to assure that physical therapy will continue to be a favorable career choice.
Physical therapists are respected members of the healthcare team. They work with other healthcare providers such as physicians, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, social workers, dentists, podiatrists, speech pathologists and audiologists. Physical therapists work in hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, corporate or industrial health centers, sports facilities, research institutions, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, schools, pediatric centers, and colleges and universities.
Some physical therapists work as employees in these settings, while others are self-employed as owners or partners in private practices. Settings, employment arrangements, career responsibilities, and career opportunities depend on the interests and skills of each practitioner.
- MaryBeth Mandich - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
Neuroscience, Pediatric Physical Therapy
- Dina Jones - PT, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
arthritis, community based physical activity
- John J. Petronis - M.S. (West Virginia University)
Orthopedic Physical Therapy [Emeritus Faculty]
- Bill Stauber - Ph.D. (Rutgers University)
Electrotherapy, Muscle Physiology
- Corrie Mancinelli - PT, GCS, PhD (West Virginia University)
orthopedics and geriatrics
- Anne Swisher - PT, CCS, Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
Director of Faculty Development & Scholarship]
- Ralph Utzman - PT, MPH, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Director of Clinical Education
- Valeriya Gritsenko - PhD (University of Alberta, Edmonton)
Neuroscience, motor control
- Teresa Rice - PT, NCS, MPH,EdD
Neurologic physical therapy
- Muhammad Alrwaily - PT, COMT, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
- Megan Burkart - DPT (West Virginia University)
- Yu-Jen Chang - PT, PhD (University of Southern California)
musculoskeletal, research, prosthetics and orthotics
- Kimeran Evans - D.P.T. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Clinical Education, General Physical Therapy Practice
- Renee McGinnis - OCS, DPT (West Virginia University)
Professional roles, orthopedics
- Kristin Phillips - DPT, WCS (University of Pittsburgh)
- Carol Waggy - CHT, Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
Anatomy and Hand Physical Therapy
- Michael Timko - MS
Orthopedic and Manual Therapy
The Admissions Process
Courses recommended for high school students in preparation for the preparatory and professional physical therapy program include, but are not limited to, biological sciences (e.g. anatomy, advanced biology, physiology, etc.), chemistry, algebra/trigonometry and/or pre-calculus, physics, and social sciences. Computer literacy is highly recommended.
Because individualized instruction in laboratories and clinics is an essential component of the professional physical therapy program, enrollment must be limited. The physical therapy program selects forty students per year for entrance into the professional phase of the program. All students who wish to enter the program must apply for admission, must have a bachelor’s degree, and have completed or be enrolled in the prerequisite coursework detailed below. These courses are available at most colleges.
The following requirements must be met to apply to the WVU Division of Physical Therapy:
- Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicant must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 which includes two general biology courses, two chemistry courses, two physics courses, two psychology courses, statistics, human anatomy, and human physiology.
- Applicants must have a minimum of sixty hours of clinical volunteer or work experience obtained from two different physical therapy settings. Though these hours may be obtained during high school and college, some volunteer hours obtained during the junior or senior college years is strongly recommended.
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. Two letters must be from physical therapists with whom the student has worked or volunteered. These letters must be from licensed physical therapists; the Admissions Committee will not consider letters from non-physical therapists or relatives. The third letter must be from a professor in their undergraduate major.
The form for the letters of recommendation is available with the electronic application.
- Applicant must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No minimum score is required. Please note the Institution Code for reporting is 7639, which is different from the code used for other programs at WVU. Using this code will result in your official scores being sent to PTCAS, who will verify your scores and send them to WVUPT.
- Applicant must have a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.
- Applicant must have completed or be enrolled in the required courses listed below:
|Pre-requisite Courses||WVU Course Number|
|Biology with lab (8 hours)||BIOL101/103, 102/104|
|Chemistry with lab (8 hours)||CHEM 115, 116|
|Physics with lab (8 hours)||PHYS 101, 102|
|General psychology (3 hours)||PSYC 101|
|Developmental psychology (3 hours), should include development across the human lifespan||PSYC 241|
|Introductory statistics (3 hours), must include descriptive and inferential statistics||STAT 211 or ECON 225|
|Human anatomy (3 hours)*||ATTR 219 (recommended) or NBAN 205|
|Human physiology (3 hours)**||PSIO 241 or PSIO 441|
The anatomy courses included in the DPT curriculum are extremely rigorous. Students should seek out the highest level anatomy course(s) available. The minimum prerequisite is a three-credit-hour course in human anatomy, ideally with a laboratory. A two semester, eight-credit sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology may be accepted; however, comparative and animal anatomy does not count towards this pre-requisite.
Human physiology course with laboratory is preferred. A two-semester, eight-credit sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology may be accepted; however, animal or biology will not count towards this pre-requisite.
It is recommended that prerequisite courses in human anatomy and human physiology be completed within two years prior to admission.
WVU maintains an online Course Equivalency System (CES) (http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/university-requirements/transfer_equivalency) that lists course equivalencies at many institutions in the state/region.
Applicants who complete any of their prerequisites outside of WVU should check the CES to see if each prerequisite course transfers directly to WVU as the required WVU course. If your undergraduate institution is not listed in the CES, or if you have taken prerequisite courses that transfer in as open credit or not equivalent, you must submit a photocopy of the catalog description of the courses in question. Upon receiving your application, the Admissions Committee may request that you submit a copy of the course syllabus for further review.
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or plan on completing a baccalaureate degree by May of the year of entering the program. Students may apply with a number of different baccalaureate degrees; however, they must complete the prerequisites for the physical therapy program as described no later than the spring semester of the year of application.
Students who want careers in healthcare may find that physical therapy fulfills their goals. A recommended baccalaureate preparation is in the field of exercise physiology. At WVU, exercise physiology majors will be able to obtain all of the prerequisites listed above during their course of study. Another common baccalaureate major may be biology. As discussed above, these are merely suggestions and students can apply from any institution of higher education with any degree background as long as they meet the aforementioned prerequisites.
Additional Information and Updates
For updates, be sure to periodically check the WVU Division of Physical Therapy website at http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt. You may also contact the Program Manager for the Physical Therapy Program, Brenda Wolfe, at email@example.com.
The physical therapy program participates in the national electronic physical therapy standard application system, known as PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service). The website for PTCAS is http://www.ptcas.org. Typically, PTCAS opens for applications in mid-July. Well qualified applicants who consider WVU their first choice professional DPT program can apply for early decision through PTCAS in late summer. They would be notified of acceptance in September and if they accept a place in the class the decision is binding and the student cannot consider offers from other programs. The deadline for all other applications is December 1st of the year before entry. Applicants should receive initial communication regarding their application within thirty-five days of the deadline. Please check the program website frequently for any updates on deadlines or the admissions process. These are often adjusted on an annual basis.
NOTE: The DPT Admissions Committee plans to invite qualified applicants for interviews during the 2018-2019 cycle. Applicants should consult the program website for more information.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Course information for the doctor of physical therapy degree can be found on the following website: http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt.
Physical Therapy Curriculum
Note: This is subject to change without notice.
|PT 701||Professional Development 1||3|
|PT 706||Advanced Clinical Anatomy||5|
|PT 708||Movement Diagnosis 1||2|
|PT 713||Lifespan Functional Movement||2|
|PT 714||Clinical Sciences 1||4|
|PT 715||Evidence Based Physical Therapy 1||3|
|PT 716||Kinesiologic Foundations||4|
|PT 718||Movement Diagnosis 2||3|
|PT 720||Clinical Education 1||2|
|PT 723||Developmental Life Tasks||3|
|PT 724||Exercise Foundations||3|
|PT 725||Evidence-Based Physical Therapy 2||3|
|PT 727||Neurobiologic Foundations||4|
|PT 729||Physical Therapy Interventions 1||3|
|PT 731||Professional Development 2||1|
|PT 734||Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 736||Orthopedic PT 1||4|
|PT 738||Movement Diagnosis 3||1|
|PT 739||PT Interventions 2||3|
|PT 740||Clinical Education 2||1|
|PT 741||Professional Development 3||3|
|PT 743||Geriatric Physical Therapy 1||2|
|PT 745||Evidence Based Physical Therapy 3||1|
|PT 746||Orthopedic Physical Therapy 2||4|
|PT 747||Neurorehabilitation 1||3|
|PT 754||Clinical Sciences 4||3|
|PT 749||Survey of PT Practice||1|
|PT 744||Clinical Sciences 3||2|
|PT 756||Orthopedic Physical Therapy 3||4|
|PT 757||Neurorehabilitation 2||3|
|PT 758||Movement Diagnosis 4||1|
|PT 759||Prosthetics and Orthotics||3|
|PT 760||Clinical Education 3||5|
|PT 761||Professional Development 4||2|
|PT 770||Clinical Education 4||5|
|PT 771||Professional Development 5||3|
|PT 773||Pediatric Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 775||Evidence-Based Practice 4||1|
|PT 780||Clinical Education 5||8|
|PT 781||Professional Development 6||1|
|PT 785||Advanced Clinical Decision Making||2|
|Independent Study (Optional)|
Suggested Plan of Study
|PT 701 (Pre-fall)||3||PT 724||3||PT 734||3|
|PT 706 (Pre-Fall)*||5||PT 720||2||PT 731||1|
|PT 708||2||PT 723||3||PT 738||1|
|PT 713||2||PT 727||4||PT 736||4|
|PT 714||4||PT 729||3||PT 739||3|
|PT 715||3||PT 725||3|
|PT 740||1||PT 744||2||PT 760||5|
|PT 741||3||PT 754||3||PT 761||2|
|PT 743||2||PT 756||4||PT 797||1|
|PT 745||1||PT 757||3|
|PT 746||4||PT 758||1|
|PT 747||3||PT 759||3|
|PT 749||1||PT 797||2|
|PT 797||2||Independent Study (Optional)|
|PT 773||3||PT 780||8|
|PT 775||1||PT 781||1|
|PT 771||3||PT 785||2|
|Total credit hours: 122|
The professional curriculum begins in summer before first year. Students should plan for these courses to begin on or around June 1st.
Major Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to educate individuals with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors consistent with professional excellence. Working as part of a community of professionals, the program strives to advance practice characterized by independence, professional judgment, and involvement.
- Demonstrate basic and applied knowledge necessary to practice PT as a member of the health care team in diverse settings
- Demonstrate the ability to make sound clinical decisions characterized by critical thinking, information literacy, and based on scientific evidence
- Find employment with special emphasis on recruitment and retention of graduates in WV
- Adhere to core professional values
- Demonstrate the ability to practice independently as collaborative members of inter-professional teams
- Adhere to legal and ethical standards
- Demonstrate a life-long commitment to the profession by engagement in professional organizations, scholarship, education and advocacy
- Deliver high quality physical therapy services to individuals and communities across a continuum of care, including rural settings.
- Provide culturally sensitive care distinguished by advocacy, trust, respect, and an appreciation for individual differences
- Demonstrate a commitment to the health of the community through participation in primary and secondary prevention programs
- Actively engage in local and professional advocacy in a changing health care environment
PT 503. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2 Hours.
Survey of therapy. Includes laboratory practice of evaluation, developmental conditions commonly seen in pediatric physical.
PT 591. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly.
PT 593. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.
PT 595. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty course offerings. supervised study of topics not available through regular.
PT 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also Supervised practice in college teaching of physical therapy. to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be S/U.) provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate.
PT 691. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PT 693. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.
PT 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research (Grading may be S/U.) activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation.
PT 701. Professional Development 1. 3 Hours.
Introduction to and clinical documentation. the roles and professional behaviors of physical therapists. Includes units on professionalism, health care ethics,.
PT 705. Intro to Evidence Based Physical Therapy. 2 Hours.
An introduction analysis and application of evidence. PT 705. Intro to Evidence Based Physical Therapy.
PT 706. Advanced Clinical Anatomy. 5 Hours.
This course anatomy to physical therapy practice through lecture and lab. Laboratory includes dissection, computer-based.
PT 708. Movement Diagnosis 1. 2 Hours.
An introduction to the contribute to human movement. the body or its component parts. Laboratory activities therapy expertise. Includes overview of how anatomic concept of human movement as the basis of physical.
PT 713. Lifespan Functional Movement. 2 Hours.
An overview of.
PT 714. Foundational Science 1. 4 Hours.
An Introduction to and treatment. Areas of study include genetics, embryology, histology, pathology, and immunology.
PT 715. Evidence Based Physical Therapy 1. 3 Hours.
emphasizes the role of scientific evidence in physical prognostic/outcomes, and intervention studies. therapy practice; research ethics, design, methods, and.
PT 716. Kinesiologic Foundations. 4 Hours.
PR: Admission to (2 Hr. lec; 4 hr. lab.) correlations and human movement. Statics, biomechanics, dynamics and functional movement analysis.
PT 718. Movement Diagnosis 2. 3 Hours.
This foundational course including: history taking, vital signs, gross evaluation, sets the stage for more advanced examination procedures essential components of a physical therapy examination of the movement system. The course covers many of the.
PT 720. Clinical Education 1. 2 Hours.
PT 723. Developmental Life Tasks. 3 Hours.
Life-span human or occupational therapy interventions. Cultural influences in health and illness. domains with particular emphasis on applications to physical.
PT 724. Exercise Foundations. 3 Hours.
Principles of aerobic Includes laboratory experience in exercise testing and development of exercise programs for therapeutic purposes.
PT 725. Evidence-Based Physical Therapy 2. 3 Hours.
PT 727. Neurobiologic Foundations. 4 Hours.
PR: Enrolled in.
PT 729. Physical Therapy Interventions 1. 3 Hours.
Introduction and application of the clinical interventions foundational positioning and draping, transfer and gait training, seated mobility, and wound management. to physical therapy practice. Includes body mechanics,.
PT 730. Clinical Education Symposium 1. 1 Hour.
PR: PT 720. practice documentation skills. Case topics will coincide Coreq: PT 733. Students attend and evaluate case with didactic material presented in PT 733. presentations applicable to physical therapy practice, and.
PT 731. Professional Development 2. 1 Hour.
The role of the change advice within their scope of practice.
PT 732. Physical Therapeutic Agents 1. 2 Hours.
Theory and therapy practice. Therapeutic agents of this course include cold, and ultrasound.
PT 733. Cardiopulmonary PT. 3 Hours.
Medical lectures on and pharmacologic treatments. Course includes topics on stress testing, usage of monitoring equipment and evaluation.
PT 734. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 3 Hours.
Correlation of anatomy, physiology and pathology for the physical.
PT 736. Orthopedic PT 1. 4 Hours.
Clinical-decision making Includes application of therapeutic exercise techniques and skills used in physical therapist intervention.
PT 738. Movement Diagnosis 3. 1 Hour.
An introduction to pathologies as viewed on radiographs of major areas of the musculoskeletal system. This course, the first in a.
PT 739. PT Interventions 2. 3 Hours.
Introduces the use of.
PT 740. Clinical Education 2. 1 Hour.
Experiential learning as well as the role of the physical therapist as part of the through an integration of classroom and patient/client examination/screening, and interventional techniques advancement of documentation, communication,.
PT 741. Professional Development 3. 3 Hours.
The roles of the physical therapist as an educator and a provider of primary, providing culturally competent care, and post-professional.
PT 742. Physical Therapy Agents 2. 2 Hours.
PR: Physical required previous coursework in the professional sequence. electrotherapeutic modalities used in physical therapy but is not limited to, practical application and theory in Continuation of therapeutic physical agents 1. Includes,.
PT 743. Geriatric Physical Therapy 1. 2 Hours.
Students are common evaluation and treatment procedures. therapy in geriatrics, including laboratory practice of provided information about medical and psychosocial factors (1hr. lec, 2 hr. lab.) associated with aging. Study of the role of physical.
PT 744. Clinical Sciences 3. 2 Hours.
PT 745. Evidence Based Physical Therapy 3. 1 Hour.
PT 746. Orthopedic Physical Therapy 2. 4 Hours.
PT 747. Neurorehabilitation 1. 3 Hours.
The first course in a work in neurologic rehabilitation. The course is based on an two course series to prepare physical therapy students to context of adult neurorehabilitation.
PT 749. Survey of PT Practice. 1 Hour.
Content related to practice areas of women’s health/pelvic floor PT,.
PT 754. Clinical Sciences 4. 3 Hours.
Introduction to selected and somatic disorders. therapy practice. Topics include genetics, metabolic and endocrine disorders, oncology, rheumatology, wound care topics in clinical medicine, which are basic to physical.
PT 755. Evidence Based Physical Therapy 4. 2 Hours.
PT 756. Orthopedic Physical Therapy 3. 4 Hours.
Physical and therapeutic management of musculoskeletal injury and disease. mechanisms of injury, diagnostic signs and symptoms, examination and interventional techniques for the.
PT 757. Neurorehabilitation 2. 3 Hours.
The second in the injury, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy. course sequence preparing the physical therapy student on the International Classification of Function model of to work with patients in neurologic rehabilitation. Builds.
PT 758. Movement Diagnosis 4. 1 Hour.
The second in a 2-part series, focuses on normal anatomy and common therapy diagnosis and intervention is emphasized. pathologies as viewed on radiographs of areas of the information gleaned from imaging studies affecting physical spine and the lower extremity. Clinical correlations of.
PT 759. Prosthetics and Orthotics. 3 Hours.
Presents the to plan and implement rehabilitation programs for patients orthotic prescription and fabrication. Students learn how.
PT 760. Clinical Education 3. 5 Hours.
The first of three for 10 weeks under the direction of licensed physical full-time clinical education experiences. Students practice therapists.
PT 761. Professional Development 4. 2 Hours.
Introduction to including payment policies in various clinical settings and.
PT 762. Health Care Issues in Physical Therapy. 2 Hours.
PR: PT 741.
PT 763. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 3 Hours.
Students learn settings. assessment and interventions for a variety of conditions.
PT 765. Evidence-Based Physical Therapy 5. 1 Hour.
PR: PT 755. for successful completion of the National Board.
PT 767. Neurologic Physical Therapy 2. 2 Hours.
PT 768. Prosthetics and Orthotics 1. 3 Hours.
PT 770. Clinical Education 4. 5 Hours.
The second of three.
PT 771. Professional Development 5. 3 Hours.
Principles of business and management as they apply to contemporary management, marketing, and program improvement are physical therapy practice. Fiscal management, risk.
PT 773. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 3 Hours.
An overview of pediatric physical therapy practice, including legislation, treated by physical therapists are introduced.
PT 775. Evidence-Based Practice 4. 1 Hour.
Emphasis is on board examination. The course includes a curriculum review and integration of physical therapy principles in.
PT 780. Clinical Education 5. 8 Hours.
PT 781. Professional Development 6. 1 Hour.
Students who are development plan based on clinical experience and.
PT 782. Advanced Integumentary Physical Therapy. 1 Hour.
This course patient cases representative of integumentary physical concepts of differential diagnosis are applied to simulated therapy. emphasizes content necessary for physical therapists to act.
PT 783. Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy. 2 Hours.
This course therapists to act as autonomous practitioners. Previous PT 783. Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
PT 784. Advanced Neurologic Physical Therapy. 1 Hour.
This course emphasizes content necessary for physical therapists to contemporary literature are applied to analysis of patient PT 784. Advanced Neurologic Physical Therapy. act as autonomous practitioners. Previous coursework and.
PT 785. Advanced Clinical Decision Making. 2 Hours.
Students principles of evidence based practice. The presentation could be on an individual case, a community needs assessment, or a quality improvement project.
PT 786. Medical Issues of Prematurity. 1 Hour.
Introduction to neonatal fellow. Includes common medical sequelae of medical issues of prematurity for the physical therapy.
PT 787. Premature Infant Growth and Development. 1 Hour.
nutritional needs, feeding methods and developmental Introduction to growth and development of the premature impact. normal and abnormal development of the GI system, infant for the physical therapy neonatal fellow. Includes.
PT 788. Neurobehavioral Management of Premature Infants. 1 Hour.
This course prepares the learner for specialty planning and outcomes assessment. PT 788. Neurobehavioral Management of Premature Infants. Unit (NICU), utilizing principles of family centered care physical therapy practice in the Neonatal Intensive Care.
PT 789. Evidence Based PT in NICU Practice. 1 Hour.
The to develop skills in Scientific Inquiry in order to be able learner to prepared to critically read the literature professionals.
PT 791. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PT 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, reading,.
PT 793. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary.
PT 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.
Faculty supervised offerings. study of topics not available through regular course.
PT 797. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research activities.
PT 800. Professional Roles in Neonatal Physical Therapy. 1 Hour.
The learner is prepared to participate in the roles of.