Winston-Salem State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Winston-Salem State University




Winston-Salem State University (A4, D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/19/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Phone:   (336)750-2190
Fax:   (336)750-2192
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (336)750-2102
Financial Aid Phone:   (336)750-3280
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Teresa Conner-Kerr, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT
Professor & Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1995 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program offers the entry-level Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in a field other than physical therapy. The program entails two and a half years of full time study, including summers, and is limited to twenty-six (26) students per entering class. The program begins in May of each calendar year and presents with a current complement of eight (8) full-time faculty members.
Students complete a total of 30 weeks in full-time clinical internships (first year students complete one 4-week full-time clinical experience; second year students complete one 8-week full-time clinical experience; the final semester is composed of two 9-week full-time clinical experiences). The MPT program affiliates with over 300 clinical sites within the state of North Carolina and throughout the nation.
There are eight full-time and seven part-time faculty members. Eight-seven percent of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctorate degrees (one is currently enrolled in a terminal program) and three are certified as clinical specialists. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
Total enrollment for the University averages 5,800 undergraduate and 200 graduate students per year. The physical therapy program accepts 24-26 graduate students each May.
To be eligible for acceptance into the physical therapy program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must enroll as a full time student into the university. The undergraduate major may be in any field, however, applicants must have completed pre-requisite courses equivalent to English (9 semester hours – including 6 semester hours of composition), Public Speaking (3 semester hours), Psychology (6 semester hours – must include 2 of the following courses: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology or Human Development), Sociology (3 semester hours), Algebra/Trigonometry (6 semester hours), Statistics (3 semester hours – must include topics on common statistical measures, probability, sampling, correlation, t-tests, and analysis of variance), Computer Science (3 semester hours), General Chemistry with Lab (8 semester hours), General Physics with Lab (8 semester hours), General Biology with Lab (3-4 semester hours), Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 hours), and one upper level Biology (3-4 semester hours) recommended in Cellular Biology, Kinesiology, Human or Vertebrate Physiology, or Human or Comparative Anatomy; additional coursework in Technical Writing and Psychology is recommended. Other requirements for admission include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, and a minimum of 50 total observation hours in two different areas of physical therapy (e.g., 25 hours in two different settings). An admission interview is encouraged for applicants who make the competitive “cut”.
Full-time graduate in-state tuition and fees for the 2006-07 school year is $1,733.50; full-time graduate out-of-state tuition and fees is $5,980. Standard government loans are available to MPT students at Winston-Salem State University. Details regarding financial assistance can be found in the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid may include, but is not necessarily limited to, any or all of the following: Federal Perkins loans, Stafford loans, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS, HRSA), federal work study program support, and Graduate Assistantships through the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is a comprehensive, public university and a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. It is situated on 94 acres in the Twin-City of Winston-Salem, a growing metropolitan area with more than 227,000 residents. Winston-Salem is located in Forsyth County and has a national reputation for its diverse cultural life. It is home to Wake Forest University, Salem Academy and College, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. The WSSU campus population provides students with an ethnically and culturally diverse environment. In addition, a variety of athletic, social, and educational events and opportunities are woven into the academic fabric of the university.