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Outcomes

Student Outcomes Data for Past Five Years

National Physical Therapy Exam Pass Rates (as reported by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)

  Class of 2020       Class of 2021 Class of 2022    Class of 2023 2-Year Average  
Ultimate Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

 

WCU's graduating students enjoy an excellent return on investment with one of the most affordable programs nationally and excellent outcomes. Graduates from WCU find good jobs and have a 100% pass rate for the past 10 years on the national boards exam. This is above national averages and indicates that students are well-trained to tackle the working world or apply to specialization programs called residencies. Residencies are intensive training opportunities that allow clinicians to specialize in one of many areas such as pediatric, neurologic, cardio-pulmonary, women's health, and orthopedic physical therapy. The applicant pools for residencies consist of the best students from across the country, and the process of being chosen is highly selective.

Residency Programs Our Graduates Have Attended

Class of 2024

  • Chase Boone - PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency, Asheville, NC
  • Gabriella Ware - East Tennessee State University and James H. Quillen Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency in Johnson City, TN

Class of 2023

  • Casey DeMarco – Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency with the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the UNC Hospitals

Class of 2022

  • Connor Blanton -  East Tennessee State University and James H. Quillen VA Orthopaedic Residency Program, Johnson City, TN
  • Kyle Boraski - PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency, Asheville, NC
  • Kelly Smoot - East Tennessee State University and James H. Quillen VA Orthopaedic Residency Program, Johnson City, TN
  • Mark Steele - PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency, Asheville, NC

Class of 2021

  • Michelle Davis  - Eastern Colorado VA Medical Center Geriatric Residency, Aurora, CO
  • Katelyn Haney - East Tennessee State University and James H. Quillen VA Orthopaedic Residency Program, Johnson City, TN

Class of 2020

  • Jack Faught - PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency, Asheville, NC
  • Gina Medefindt - PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency, Asheville, NC
  • Trae Mingus - ATI Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Greenville, SC

Class of 2019

  • Whittney Correll - ATI Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Greenville, SC
  • Shannon Icenhour - Duke Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency, Durham, NC
  • Hannah Pollard - University of Mississippi Medical Center Neurologic Residency, Jackson, MS
  • Kelsey Sivley - Emory University’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, Atlanta, GA
  • Whitney Ward - East Tennessee State University and James H. Quillen VA Orthopaedic Residency Program, Johnson City, TN

Class of 2018

  • Hannah Bowen – Neurologic residency at Harris Health System in Houston, Texas
  • Johnny Morris - Orthopedic resident for the Eastern Tennessee State University / Mountain Home V.A. Residency in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Brittany Pace - Orthopedic residency at Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy in Brea, California
  • Kelly Yerkes - Geriatrics residency at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida

Class of 2017

  • Collin Clark - Carolinas HealthCare System and Wingate University Clinical Residency in Neurological Physical Therapy
  • Ansel Clayton - East Tennessee State University and Mountain Home VA Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency 
  • Allison Cochran – Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency with the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the UNC Hospitals
  • Kenneth Flinchum – Emory University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency
  • Jenna Floyd – Mercer Residency in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy at Piedmont Hospital in Critical Care
  • Chanchai Hongdoxmai – Duke Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency
  • Tyler Matherne – Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency with the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the UNC Hospitals

Class of 2015

  • Rebeca Bermudez – Duke Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency
  • Joshua Jones – Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency

Class of 2014

  • Doug Kurz – UIC Department of Physical Therapy – Orthopedic Manual Therapy
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