Physical Therapy

Applications will be available starting June 29 for the Class enrolling 2018. Please check the PTCAS website here.

Physical Therapists Are...

healthcare providers who diagnose and treat people of all ages with health-related issues limiting the ability to move well and perform usual daily activities.

Physical therapists evaluate each client and develop treatment plans using techniques that increase movement, reduce pain, restore activity, and prevent disability. In addition, physical therapists work in fitness and wellness programs to prevent loss of mobility and promote healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in many settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Mission Statement

In concert with the William Carey University mission statement, the mission of the physical therapy program is to create a challenging and caring academic community, preparing students to become autonomous and competent entry level physical therapy practitioners who value lifelong learning, responsible leadership, service in diverse low-resource settings, and engagement in local and global health and wellness issues.

About Our Program

Beginning with the Fall 2016 Trimester, William Carey University is pleased to offer the preferred entry level physical therapy program, the DPT.** Primary content areas in the curriculum include biology/anatomy, diagnostic imaging, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, ethics/ values, management sciences, finance, sociology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, integumentary systems, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal structures and function.

Both classroom and clinical education courses are required. This is a full time course of study.

Message from the Program Director

Hello! And thank you for your interest in our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at William Carey University.  We are delighted to provide this health care resource to the residents of Mississippi and the Gulf South Region.  At William Carey, you will encounter knowledgeable professors, a caring and compassionate culture, and a passion to develop learners who will carry these characteristics to the patients and clients of our region.  As a Christian institution and program, we honor the student’s God-given calling to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and value intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth as highly as professional development.

Many of our faculty are American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Certified in their respective practice areas, and most continue to provide patient care on a regular basis.  We also enjoy a number of academically prepared faculty who guide the program in best practice educational strategies.  Finally, our clinical instructors locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally provide supervision and oversight as our students journey from novice to expert clinicians during experiential learning.  WHAT A TEAM!

We hope you’ll help us to spread the word about the WCU-DPT Program.  Whether you are a current student, a prospective student, parent, or potential employee we think you’ll find a lot to like in our program.  Please consider making our program your choice!

Kind regards,

Cyndi Scott

Message From the Director of Clinical Education

Welcome to William Carey Doctor of Physical Therapy Clinical Education! Carey’s clinical education program is integrated into the didactic portion of the curriculum to promote students’ problem solving, clinical decision making, skills acquisition, professional development, and physical therapist practice expertise. We have an excellent and diverse group of clinical instructors who partner with Carey on a daily basis to mentor and support our students as they seek practice excellence while demonstrating Christian compassion, caring, and service in a variety of cultures and settings. In accordance with the mission statement of the physical therapy program, the clinical education curriculum emphasizes service to rural and low-resource areas and populations, including sustainable client-centered international service opportunities in low resource areas.

For more information on WCU-DPT Clinical Education or to find out how to partner with us as a clinical education site, please contact the Director of Clinical Education. We are thrilled that you are interested in the exciting clinical education program at William Carey.

Judy Prehn

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education


Clinical Education Resources for Students

Resources for Clinical Instructors and Center Coordinators of Clinical Education

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for the William Carey University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been set at $30,000.00 per year for the 2016-2017 academic year. A nonrefundable seat fee of $1500.00 is due within 15 days of acceptance into the program. The seat fee will be credited toward tuition upon enrollment in the WCU DPT program. This tuition includes all lab fees, technology fees and professional liability insurance.

Informational Sessions

About Accreditation

** Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; a​c​c​r​e​d​i​t​a​t​i​o​n​@​a​p​t​a​.​o​r​g​ is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective August, 2016, William Carey University's Program of Physical Therapy has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education ( 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; email: a​c​c​r​e​d​i​t​a​t​io​n​@​a​p​t​a​.​o​r​g​). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Contingency Plan

Implications of August Graduation

Physical Therapy News

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Friday, July 21, 2017
It’s a hot, sunny summer day in Hattiesburg today, July 21, 2017. Six months ago in the early morning hours of January 21, many of our Carey students awoke to rain, thunder and lightning as storms rolled through the Pine Belt, bringing with them the EF-3 tornado that tore through our campus.