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WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy provides an integrative education program that is well-grounded in the basic, social and clinical sciences. The program produces 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.

The faculty provide students with the educational and experiential foundation to practice physical therapy and instill within them the values of integrity, dedication, responsibility, leadership, accountability, wisdom, commitment to personal and professional growth, and willingness to serve a diverse society.

Programs of Study



  • Congratulations to the WSSU DPT Class of 2018 on attaining a 100% pass rate on their state licensure exam! A special congratulations to Jane Kovalenko, who had a perfect score!!
  • Winston-Salem State University and Novant Health Systems would like to announce the opening of the application period for the WSSU-Novant Health Clinical Neurologic Residency Program. This 12-month neurologic residency is located in Winston-Salem, NC, and includes rotations through in-patient acute care, out-patient rehab, and in-patient rehab settings. Visit the application portal in RF-PTCAS, which will be open from February 21 - April 15, 2019. For more information, please email Dr. Sara Migliarese, Program Director, at

Facilities & Technology

This innovative and unique 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.

Human Performance & Biodynamics Lab

The Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory is a collaboration between Wake Forest University School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Winston-Salem State University's Department of Physical Therapy. Physical therapists, physicians, and biomedical engineers design and conduct research in movement science and mentor students in motion analysis.

Community Care Clinic

WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy initiated a free physical therapy clinic housed within the Community Care Center of Winston-Salem, which services the medically uninsured and underserved residents of Forsyth, Stokes and Davie counties of North Carolina. The Community Care Center is the largest free medical clinic in North Carolina.


WSSU's Department of Physical Therapy is partnering with MSFit Foundation to provide graduate students with hands-on experience working with MSFit participants.