Program Profile

Winston-Salem State University


Ms. Natisha Melchor
University Program Associate
Department of Physical Therapy
333 FL Atkins Bldg.
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston Salem, NC  27110


PTCAS application deadline01/15/2018
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes
Important dates

All materials must be completed by the deadline to be processed by WSSU DPT.
Open House Dates:
    Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 1-3 pm
    Friday , October 6, 2017 @1-3 pm
    Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 1-3 pm
    Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1-3 pm
Other Open house dates to be determined.
Do not contact the institution with questions about the status of your application or supplemental materials.  WSSU will contact you directly regarding any missing items (check spam mail as well).   Login to your application to check the status of materials sent to PTCAS.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsApplicants must send $50 application fee to:

Office of Admissions
Winston-Salem State University
Anderson Center - Suite 137
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Submit when PTCAS application is submitted . Please make your check, certified check or money order payable to WSSU Admissions/Physical Therapy. You must attach a brief cover page with your full name and 'PTCAS ID#.
Deadline for supplemental materials 


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General informationAll materials must be completed by the January 15, 2018 deadline. 10/12 prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline. 11/12 Pre-requisite courses must be completed by May, 2018 and all pre-requisite coursework must be completed by August, 2018.

**Science courses must have been completed within 10 years of the application.**

Please make sure that Fall 2017 transcripts are submitted before the deadline to be considered.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Varies
WSSU new Early Assurance program-WSSU students who qualify (entered as a first time Freshman) may be able to start during the 2nd semester of their senior year, and the 1st semester of the DPT program will count toward their Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, as well as the DPT.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentNo
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: General
Biology: General I
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Recommend College Chemistry I.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Organic
Recommend College Chemistry II. Will accept Organic Chemistry I or Biochemistry.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Physics: General
Recommend College Physics I.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Recommend College Physics II.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Social/Behavioral ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
Applicants may take Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics, Cultural Anthropology, or Psychology courses to fulfill the program’s social and behavioral science prerequisites.

1 of 2 social/behavioral science courses required.  
Social/Behavioral ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
See description above.

2 of 2 social/behavioral science courses required.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Upper Level BiologyUpper DivisionYesNot Req.SH: 3-4A&P: Exercise Physiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Upper Level Biology-must be 300-400 level course and taken at a four year institution.


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7635
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle1/15/2018
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/15/2013
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score145  152  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score145  152  
Analytical writing scaled score3.0    
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsComposite (Verbal and Quantitative) greater than or equal to 290, with subcomponents as noted.

Send official GRE scores to only WSSU's PTCAS GRE code #7635.


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1 X  
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X 
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X 
Other   X


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED50
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementAll observation hours must be verified before deadline of January 15, 2018 to be considered.

At least two settings and 50 hours are required. Higher consideration will be given to applicants with more observation hours and who have observed in a variety of different settings.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.60 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.50 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements* 10/12 prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline.

* Must have 11/12 pre-requisite courses completed by May 2018, with all pre-requisite courses completed by August, 2018.

* All pre-requisite courses must be a C or better to be accepted toward admission.

* A pre-requisite course completed after acceptance must be at or above the B level, or the acceptance will be rescinded.

* Grades from repeated courses are averaged with the previous grade.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkCanadian coursework is not included in PTCAS GPAs.


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 250.00
Additional Information about DepositDeposit is applied toward the first semester's tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class1/10/2019
Size of most recent entering class28
Anticipated size of next entering class28
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted85%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted15%


Winston Salem State University's Department of Physical Therapy serves the people of North Carolina and the nation by providing an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The Department is committed to providing an integrative education program that is well-grounded in the basic, social and clinical sciences in order to produce competent and compassionate clinicians who are skilled in the areas of critical thinking and inquiry, clinical problem-solving, research, education, management and treatment delivery to address health disparities. This innovative and unique 125 semester hour program incorporates applied learning techniques across the curriculum using human patient simulation housed in a virtual hospital, I-PAD-based electronic learning technology, and student-directed community clinic learning labs supervised by program faculty. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art Human Movement and Biodynamics Lab that provides opportunity for faculty and student research and advanced clinical practice in pediatric spasticity assessment.

The faculty of the WSSU Department of Physical Therapy envision a program that provides students with the educational and experiential foundation to practice physical therapy in a proactive, competent, ethical, and compassionate manner. Primary values inherent within the curriculum, modeled by the faculty and staff, and developed within the students, include integrity, dedication, responsibility, leadership, accountability, wisdom, commitment to personal and professional growth, and willingness to serve a diverse society. The DPT degree will prepare graduates to deliver both primary and interdisciplinary health care to diverse populations within a variety of practice settings and health-care delivery systems.

The rigorous 36-month program challenges and develops students year round. A new class is admitted each January, while our strongly recruited seniors graduate in December of year three. Clinical experiences at over 200 affiliated sites are interspersed throughout the curriculum. Students spend approximately 36 weeks at several different clinical sites under the direct supervision of highly experienced and dynamic clinical instructors.
Last Updated: 03/28/2017