2019-20 Applicants

George Washington University


Contact Information more...

Miriam Okine Davies
Assistant Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The George Washington University
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 2000
Washington DC, 20006
(202) 994-0384
hsphora@gwu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
46
Anticipated size of next entering class
46
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
100%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
17%
% Female
83%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
4%
% Asian
12%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
76%
% Two or More Races
2%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

The George Washington University is a private institution, built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas. It is a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is housed within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its mission is to prepare individuals to practice as highly skilled physical therapists who are able to practice in an evidence-based, and ethical manner, respectful of patients and clients from all backgrounds, across the lifespan, through the continuum of care, and at all levels of wellness and health. Graduates will be respected practitioners who are able to meet the multi-faceted role of a physical therapists with a commitment to service to the profession and the community and dedicated to life-long learning and scholarly inquiry.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), is committed to educating well-qualified and compassionate practitioners who demonstrate expert clinical skills and contribute significantly to the lives of their clients, the profession, and the health care enterprise. Key to our mission is the education of physical therapists who are reflective practitioners, who think critically and use best evidence to effectively solve problems, and who demonstrate respect for individual and cultural differences as well as the core values of the profession.

The curriculum consists of 109 credits of professional course work requiring thirty-three months of full-time study beginning in the fall semester. It combines content from the foundational sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, professional practice expectations, practice management expectations, and critical inquiry. Students develop the skills needed to examine, evaluate, diagnose, prognose, develop a plan of care and implement and re-evaluate that plan of care for patients with dysfunction in the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromotor and integumentary systems across the lifespan.

The curriculum is built on the overarching principles of integration and application. Information is integrated and applied through a series of integrative units using “standardized patients” and Simulation Experiences. Clinical experiences are introduced early in the curriculum in the second and fourth semesters. Three full-time clinical internships occur in semesters six, seven, and eight for a total of 34 weeks of full time clinical experience. Internships are located regionally, nationally, and internationally providing depth and breadth to each student's unique educational experience. A comprehensive examination in the sixth semester validates the student's readiness for the full-time clinical internships, and helps the student begin to prepare for the national board examinations. In the past year, 100% of GW graduates who took the national licensure exam passed on the first attempt and 100% of the graduates seeking employment were employed.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is an exciting and vibrant community in which to live and learn. Students are involved in a variety of student centered organizations and participate in a multitude of volunteer experiences in and around the community. Access to the nation's capital is only one of many opportunities available to students who choose to attend GW. The University is within minutes of the headquarters of our national organization, The American Physical Therapy Association. Washington is an ideal location for sightseeing and cultural activities. The White House, the Kennedy Center and national monuments are all within walking distance of campus.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

  • December 16, 2019 (11:59pm EST): PTCAS & GW Supplemental Application deadline. All application materials (application, transcripts to date, GRE reported scores, recommendation letters and essay) must be received by PTCAS by the December 16, 2019 deadline. Official GRE scores must be reported via University GRE code 5246.

  • Please find below IMPORTANT instructions for completing the two required applications:

    • As a first step, complete the Standard online PTCAS application. IMPORTANT: You must create your PTCAS application first, as the Supplemental GW online application requires that you enter your unique PTCAS ID number

    • As a second step, complete the Supplemental GW online application, found at: https://gw.force.com  

    • Admissions review typically begins in September and completed applications are reviewed as they are received using a modified rolling admissions format (admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis through the spring).



  • Keep in mind that during peak application season, it may take several weeks before we receive your submitted application from PTCAS. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to have their applications submitted with ALL supporting documents as far in advance of the December 16, 2019 deadline date as possible.

  • Fall 2019 Grades: Any outstanding fall 2019 grades must be submitted to PTCAS for updates by January 2020

  • Interviews: Interviews are required for admission to the program and are held throughout the fall and early spring. Applicants selected for interview will receive an invitation. Faculty and current students will be available to answer questions and for those who attend an on-campus interview, a tour of campus will occur. Admission decisions may be made as early as November but continue through the spring.

  • Information Sessions: Information sessions are held on campus throughout the year. To view information session dates and times and to register, please visit the following website: https://smhs.gwu.edu/pths/programs/physical-therapy/prospective. Please note spaces are limited, so sign up early.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$575.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The non-refundable $575.00 deposit is applied to tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are required for admission to the program and are held throughout the fall and early spring. Applicants selected for interview will receive an invitation. Faculty and current students will be available to answer questions and for those who attend an on-campus interview, a tour of campus will occur. Admission decisions may be made as early as November but continue through the spring.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Science
3.00
3.30
Overall GPA
3.00
3.53
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
*Applicants must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course to satisfy prerequisite requirements.

*Original and repeat grades are included in both the overall and science GPA calculations.

*The minimum GPA acts as a guideline. Each application is evaluated based on its individual merit.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5246
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
157
Verbal reasoning % score
 
76%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
157
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
66%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If the GRE test is taken more than once, test scores are not averaged. The highest score for each section of the GRE, from any one testing date, is considered. Please enter self-reported scores on your PTCAS application AND submit official GRE test scores to the George Washington University electronically via ETS University code 5246 by the application deadline of December 16. The ETS University GRE code submits your scores directly to the George Washington University.

PTCAS does not track receipt of official GRE scores on behalf of GW, so you will need to track your score receipt under your GW Online Supplemental Application. Once you submit your supplemental GW Online Supplemental Application, please wait 4-5 business days for the system to reconcile your application record with the electronic GRE score report you submitted via ETS to GW institutional code 5246.

Observation Hours

 
PT observation hours in both inpatient and outpatient settings are recommended.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
70
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
As a first step, create the Standard online PTCAS application. IMPORTANT: You must create your PTCAS application first, as the Supplemental GW online application requires that you enter your unique PTCAS ID number.

As a second step, complete the Supplemental GW online application, found at: https://gw.force.com

Admissions review typically begins in September and completed applications are reviewed as they are received using a modified rolling admissions format (application admission decisions are made on a rolling basis through the spring).
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Optional Resume or Curriculum Vitae
In the "Other" document area, you may upload a resume or curriculum vitae outlining your work and volunteer experience; educational, leadership and professional organization activities; scholarly activities (publications, presentations, and research); and any other substantial accomplishments including honors and awards.

Optional Catalog Course Descriptions
In the "Catalog Course Descriptions" document area, you may upload course catalog information, including course descriptions and links, for any specific prerequisite courses that you would like to clarify (i.e., English/Writing courses taken outside of an English department that may be classified as "Writing in the Discipline" under your institution's course catalog).
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental GW online application, found at: https://gw.force.com
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
* Letters of reference are only accepted electronically via PTCAS (please do not send letters of recommendation to the program)

* Each applicant MUST submit at least one letter of recommendation from a licensed physical therapist. Without a letter of recommendation from a licensed physical therapist, we will not consider your application complete.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
*Applicants may take the IELTS test in place of the TOEFL. Some exceptions may apply.

*See the link below for specific TOEFL guidelines: https://smhs.gwu.edu/physical-therapy/degree-program/prospective-students/admissions-and-entrance-requirements#requirements

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Any of the following courses will be accepted: 1 distinct course in Anatomy along with 1 distinct course in Physiology, or as part of 2-part course sequence (combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II). Lab is recommended, but not required. Human focus preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: Applied
Anatomy & Physiology II
Any of the following courses will be accepted: 1 distinct course in Anatomy along with 1 distinct course in Physiology, or as part of 2-part course sequence (combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II). Lab is recommended, but not required. Human focus preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: Applied
Biology I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Exercise Physiology course can be used to fulfill only 1 of the Biology prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Exercise Physiology course can be used to fulfill only 1 of the Biology prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Organic Chemistry is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Organic Chemistry is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Any of the following courses will be accepted: English Composition I and II, or One English Composition and one English Literature, or Two English Literature, or Courses designated as “Writing intensive” or "Writing within the discipline”.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Writing Intensive
English Composition / Writing
Any of the following courses will be accepted: English Composition I and II, or One English Composition and one English Literature, or Two English Literature, or Courses designated as “Writing intensive” or "Writing within the discipline”.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Writing Intensive
Physics I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
Can include an “Introduction to Psychology” course. Any psychology courses taken outside of a Psychology department are acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Health
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology
Psychology
Can include an “Introduction to Psychology” course. Any psychology courses taken outside of a Psychology department are acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Health
  • Psychology: Introduction to Psychology
Statistics
Can include a Statistics course taken outside of a Mathematics department. Will consider research/methodology courses that incorporate Statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Education: Statistics or Research