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New COVID-19 Statement for DPT Students

For health/safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Medical Center Health Complex at WKU will be locked and only accessible to individuals with proximity access cards.  If you need assistance during regular business hours, please use Department of Physical Therapy general number: 270-754-3234 which will forward to a staff member. 

Class of 2020:

In consideration of COVID-19 and the potential impact on the health and well-being of our students and those with whom they are in contact while in the clinical setting, Western Kentucky DPT students enrolled in DPT 754 have been instructed to cease clinical education experiences by the end of business Friday 3/20/20. 

The WKU DPT program has received approval by administration to enact a temporary modification to the DPT curriculum that incorporates CAPTE’s recent statement on clinical education experiences as follows:

For those students in their final clinical education experience who have completed a minimum of 30 full-time weeks with entry-level competence on all assessment criteria will not be required to complete the outstanding weeks expected by the WKU DPT program’s curriculum


For students in their final clinical education experience and have completed a minimum of 30 full-time weeks but have not yet achieved entry-level competence on all assessment criteria, arrangements will be made for you to return to your current clinical placement as soon as health/safety allows or another clinical placement will be secured for you to complete this experience.

Information will be forthcoming for the final didactic course, DPT 790 – PT Seminar.

Classes of 2021 and 2022:

For the remainder of spring semester, all courses will be delivered online.  Each faculty will be providing an updated course schedule to reflect any revisions to topics/assignments/assessments related to the course.  Laboratory experiences that are unable to be delivered and assessed using online methods will be scheduled for face to face delivery/assessment when health/safety allows in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Welcome to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Western Kentucky University. The purpose of the DPT Program, an entry level professional program, is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become skilled physical therapists. The DPT Program consists of 118 credit hours over 3 years. The mission of the WKU DPT Program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.


The DPT Program at WKU accepted their Inaugural DPT Class in June 2013. 



The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

If you are needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 270-745-3188 or email elizabeth.norris@wku.edu.

The program is classified as a public Institution (PU).



Assistant / Associate Professor

Doctor of Physical Therapy




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 If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Office Coordinator, Audra Coil.



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 Last Modified 3/20/20