Wesleyan introduces doctorate of physical therapy

West Virginia Wesleyan and Shenandoah University partnered to sign an articulation agreement with the Division of Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University to award a doctorate of physical therapy to successful candidates matriculating from Wesleyan’s pre-physical therapy program.

The articulation agreement is designed for applicants who have completed the prerequisites and will be obtaining a baccalaureate from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Full-time undergraduate students may apply to the department for a doctorate. The university will accept two Wesleyan students who meet the criteria.

The doctorate in physical therapy is for the entry-level student and allows the graduate to enter the physical therapy profession and to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination, or NPTE, to obtain state licensure. This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, or CAPTE.

The curriculum consists of three years of coursework in both the classroom and clinical environments.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Shenandoah University for those students considering a career in physical therapy,” said Thom Smith, director of the School of Health Sciences. “Students who are interested in pursuing the Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate degree are able to consider Shenandoah as an option when reviewing various schools for application. Shenandoah has current articulation agreements with very elite undergraduate pre-PT programs, like James Madison University and Virginia Technology Institute, which allows our students to be considered a priority if they meet the graduate requirements for entry. This is truly a benefit to Wesleyan.”

The School of Health Sciences at West Virginia Wesleyan College offers bachelor degrees in athletic training, exercise science, nursing and physical health and education.