Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy

The mission and purpose of William Carey’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to create a challenging and caring academic community that prepares students to become compassionate and competent entry-level physical therapists who value excellence in practice, service to low-resource populations, and engagement in global health and wellness.

Program Overview


The tuition for the William Carey University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is $34,000.00 per academic year, including a nonrefundable seat fee of $600.00. 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.

Students should be prepared for extra expenses associated with professional studies including background checks, medical screenings (including drug testing) books, local travel to and from clinical facilities, and out-of-town travel and living expenses associated with experiential learning. Each student is required to have a laptop computer or tablet.
The program can be completed in 12 trimesters, or 3 years.
Delivery Method
This program is delivered in a traditional in-person format at William Carey’s Hattiesburg campus, with required clinical/experiential learning that allows students to work alongside established and trusted industry experts, to gain advanced skills and knowledge to graduate, to become a leader in the profession, and to build their social impact as a physical therapist within our communities.
Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements
Prospective Students must:

Complete all sections of the PTCAS application by November 1 at using Institutional Code 7400. Be sure to submit official GRE scores (within last 10 years) for verbal, analytical and written. Minimum score of 290 required (Quantitative and Verbal). However, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider and accept students not meeting minimum requirements who demonstrate excellence in related area. No documents should be sent directly to William Carey University.

• Completion of baccalaureate degree (applicant’s choice) from an accredited college or university OR be in the senior year of undergraduate study.

• Completion of Additional Prerequisite Courses (if not taken to complete your BS degree).

• Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 OR on the last 60 hours of graduate/undergraduate coursework. All prerequisites must be course work from regionally accredited U.S. colleges/universities or English-speaking Canadian colleges/universities.

• Highly competitive applicants should have prerequisites completed within 10 years of the relevant application cycle. The admissions committee reserves the right to extend the period beyond 10 years on a case-by-case basis.

• All prerequisites must be completed by end of the spring term immediately preceding matriculation into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, unless informed otherwise by the admissions office. No more than 2 course prerequisites may be outstanding by the beginning of the Spring term of the year of the application cycle. Dual enrollment precludes admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; all course work must be completed prior to the first day of class.

• Complete 40 hours of observation under a physical therapist in two distinctly different settings. Must be verified and submitted electronically to PTCAS. Note: this requirement has been waived for the 2022/2023 application cycle secondary to COVID restrictions but will be required for the 2023/2024 application cycle.

• William Carey University DPT program does not require an interview as part of the admission process. Prospective students are encouraged to schedule campus visits and attend a DPT2B interest meeting to learn more about the program. Please contact Dr. Becca Fleming at or (601) 318-6584 for an appointment if desired.

Career Outlooks
With successful completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, graduates will be prepared to take the national board examination and work as a licensed physical therapist in all therapy settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, and other rehabilitation settings, serving people of all ages with functional limitations, wellness challenges, injury, and illness.
Set Yourself Apart
Admission Requirements
Completion of Additional Prerequisite Courses (if not taken to complete your BS degree):
Psychology - 1 course
Statistics (math, psychology, or education) - 1 course
Biology I and II - 2 courses in sequence
Chemistry I and II - 2 courses in sequence
Physics I and II - 2 courses in sequence
Human Anatomy (preferred) - 1 course
Human/General Physiology (preferred) - 1 course
Anatomy and Physiology (1 and II) - 2 courses in sequence
Medical Terminology - encouraged
*Business Statistics will not fulfill the statistics course requirement.
*All science prerequisite courses must be for science majors and require a lab.
*All prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to application.
*No more than 2 prerequisite courses can be outstanding before the beginning of the Spring term during the application cycle.
*Applicants must have a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
The Physical Therapy Program at William Carey University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085, (703-706-3245); email; website:
CAPTE Required Public Disclosure of Student Outcomes:
• Licensure Examination First Time Pass Rate
– 2022: 95.7% (National average 87.4%)
– 2021: 80.8% (National average 88%)
– Two year average: 88.25%
• Licensure Examination Ultimate Pass Rate:
– 2021: 96.2% (National average 98.2%)
– 2020: 96.8% (National average 99%)
– Two year average: 96.5%
• Graduation Rate:
– 2022: 90.6%
– 2021: 87.6%
– Two year average: 89.1%
• Employment Rate:
– 2020: 100%
– 2021: 100%

DPT Student Financial Fact Sheet - 2021-2022