2019-20 Applicants

University of Washington


Contact Information more...

Chie McCaughey
Program Manager
DPT Curriculum Office
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific ST
Campus Box 356490
Seattle WA, 98195
(206) 598-5333
dptprgm@uw.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/30/2020
Additional information about the class profile
WICHE certification OK for application.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
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Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Graduate students are prepared as physical therapist generalists in a unique interdisciplinary environment. The University of Washington (UW) Department of Rehabilitation Medicine houses 3 allied health training programs (in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prosthetics/orthotics) which interact throughout the didactic process.

The UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has been top-ranked for several years by US News and World Report. The Department, in turn, is a unit of a world-class Medical School and Health Sciences Center. Many academic and clinical resources are available to UW Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program students that are not accessible at smaller institutions.

The UW DPT program structure consists of 8 quarters of didactic instruction, followed by 3 quarters of clinical internship. Although generalist training is the primary goal, the program is clinically-focused, with the capstone project being a case study/research report. In addition to required coursework supporting a foundation for evidence-based practice, there are elective opportunities for research and community involvement.

The program operates on a year round, full-time schedule, with the average scholastic load at 15 credits per quarter. One to two week breaks occur between each quarter; and from the end of summer to the beginning of fall quarter each year there is a 5 week hiatus. New students begin the program at the end of September and graduate in June three years later with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The program is located in the Emerald City, beautiful Seattle, Washington, very near abundant opportunities to engage in activities which many physical therapy students enjoy, i.e. hiking, skiing, and water/field/indoor sports. There is also a thriving and diverse arts community (including dance). For complete details, visit the program website (https://www.physicaltherapy.uw.edu/).

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Applicants will be notified of their admission status by the end of January 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit required only of applicants accepting offered positions.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
 
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Any potential pre-requisite course assigned a grade lower than "C" (<2.00) cannot be used to satisfy requirements.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0088
University GRE code
4854
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2014

Observation Hours

 
A PT must be on staff for hours to be considered direct, rather than related. Volunteer, observation, shadow, and paid hours are weighted equally. Exposure to breadth and depth of practice environments and clients preferred.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100-200
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$85.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements



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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Maximum number of letters is 4. Applications with less than 3 letters will be disqualified. Applicants must obtain at least one letter from a physical therapist.

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 whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency (See the UW Graduate School Requirement at https://grad.uw.edu/policies-procedures/graduate-school-memoranda/memo-8-graduate-school-english-language-proficiency-requirements/).

A minimum of 100 on the TOEFL iBT is required. Test scores must be sent directly to PTCAS by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 5312. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.

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
At least 50% of prerequisite course requirements should be completed at the time of application. There is no expiration date for prerequisite coursework.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Human anatomy is highly recommended.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Any course covering macro-to-micro-focused general biology is acceptable. A&P and Botany courses are NOT accepted.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Any course covering macro-to-micro-focused general biology is acceptable. A&P and Botany courses are NOT accepted.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Any course covering inorganic, organic or biochemistry is acceptable.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Any course covering inorganic, organic or biochemistry is acceptable.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
A course covering mechanics, heat, sound and/or electromagnetism is acceptable.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
A course covering mechanics, heat, sound and/or electromagnetism is acceptable.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human physiology is highly recommended.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Any psychology course.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Social/Behavioral Science
Any course focusing on human behavior across the disciplines of psychology, sociology or anthropology is acceptable.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
A statistics course in any discipline is acceptable. Calculus is NOT accepted.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Statistics: Any