2019-20 Applicants

Wayne State University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

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Physical Therapy Admissions Academic Services Officer
Office of Student Affairs
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Wayne State University
1600 EACPHS
259 Mack Ave.
Detroit MI, 48201
(313) 577-1716
(313) 577-1432
cphsinfo@wayne.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/02/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to students with a residence in the the State of Michigan and to students with science courses completed at Wayne State University.

Students from Ontario, CANADA and from Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in OHIO have the non-resident portion of tuition waived as part of the Good Neighbor Policy.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
94%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
3%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
3%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
22%

Sex

% Male
42%
% Female
58%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
15%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
7%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
74%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

Why Wayne State for Physical Therapy?

Excellence:

The faculty strives to facilitate excellence in learning, scholarship and service. The classroom and laboratory facilities have state of the art technology to enhance the learning experience. The faculty are highly skilled clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders in the profession. Graduates are considered to be excellent critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well as highly trained in hands-on physical therapy skills.

Affordable, High Quality Graduate Education:

The mission of the University is to provide affordable, high quality graduate and professional education. Unlike most entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, the Program at Wayne State does not require a Bachelor’s degree for admission to the doctoral program. This saves the future physical therapist one year (30 credits) of pre-requisite courses (and tuition!). In addition, this allows the graduate physical therapist to enter the workforce, and start earning a salary, one year sooner than programs requiring a Baccalaureate degree to enter the professional program.

* When comparing the cost of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wayne State make sure to add up all of the fees, extra per credit costs as well as the tuition charge. Calculate the total cost based on the number of credit hours in the professional program.

* The Doctor of Physical Therapy program participates in the Wayne State University Good Neighbor Tuition Policy. Residents of Ontario, Canada and the four northeast counties of Ohio pay in state tuition (vs. non resident tuition)

Academic Medical Center:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wayne State is located on the campus of the largest academic medical center in the country. The resources of the Wayne State School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center are available to students through learning, research and service opportunities. The Detroit Medical Center consists of many hospitals including: the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Harper University Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and Detroit Receiving Hospital, a trauma 1 medical center. The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is directly across the street, which allows for many clinical, teaching and research opportunities. In addition, the medical campus includes the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Detroit Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the Medical School library.


Interdisciplinary Education and Diversity:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is fortunate to be located in one of the most diverse Colleges of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the country. Diverse in both the many health care disciplines offered as well as the student body. Health care programs in the College include Clinical Laboratory Science, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Mortuary Science, Anatomic Pathologist Assistant, Radiation Therapy Technology, and many more. Students have the opportunity to interact with and learn about many health care team members and to share in their professional expertise.

Research and Scholarship Opportunities:

Students are required to complete a research project by the end of their third year. Students work closely with faculty members to develop a project that is meaningful and provides a positive experience in the world of research. Students present their research at College Research Day as well as state and national professional meetings.

Reflective Practitioners:

Research has shown that an essential characteristic of expert physical therapists is the ability to reflect on their practice, skills and attributes. Reflection is an integral component of both classroom and clinical courses. Students begin to learn the skill and process of self-reflection in the first semester and continue this process throughout their educational experience and beyond.

Professionalism, Knowledge and Skill:

The faculty firmly believes that to be a successful physical therapist a student must develop in all aspects of this triad. The student must demonstrate responsibility, accountability, time management, a desire to be a lifelong learner and other professional characteristics in addition to developing knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Of course, hands-on skills to provide interventions in the areas of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and Integumentary diagnoses are essential as well.

Location:
The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is located in mid-town Detroit. Detroit is an exciting place to be right now, with the new sports venues (Ford Field, Comerica Park) being within a 15 minute walk from our building, and the future Red Wings Arena being built within 10 minutes of our building. There are many new restaurants and pubs opening in Midtown Detroit, and the M1 railway will make everything even more accessible in the near future.

Safety:
Wayne State University is committed to the safety and security of its campus community. A wide range of activities, training, safety measures, technology and resources combine to ensure Wayne State remains one of Michigan’s safest college campuses — a place where everyone can live, learn, work, and experience all that Detroit has to offer without worry. WSU's safety measures are lauded, and positive media coverage has been extensive, including these articles from The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Please go to the following website for more information and to see a brief video http://wayne.edu/safety/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Approximately 100 applicants will be invited to participate in several on-site interviews. Only applicants who are invited to and participate in the interview process will be considered for enrollment.

There are 3 interview sessions.  The first one will be in early September for the Early Decision applicants.  The second one will be in mid-November for candidates who are in the 3.70 and above range for their pre-requisite and cumulative GPAs.  The last interview session will be in early January for the remaining highest qualified applicants. Applicants will receive an invitation to the interviews (via e-mail). Please be sure that your email account does not send this invitation to a spam file.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Applicants must have completed all but one Science pre-requisite by July 1, 2019 to be considered for Early Decision. Early Decisions will be based on academic excellence and a personal interview in late August-early September 2019. Applicants applying for Early Decision must take the GRE before July 31, 2019

All Early Decision applications are due into PTCAS by 11:59pm EST on August 15.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.67
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.68
Program-specific science prerequisite
3.00
3.59
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program-specific Science Prerequisite GPA:

* Minimum 3.00

Program uses only the most recent grade earned in its local GPA calculations if a course was repeated (this is only true for the program-specific science pre-req GPA and the program-specific pre-req GPA, not for the cumulative GPA).

All prerequisite courses must have a grade of C or better.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
3631
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
08/31/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/31/2017
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
140
151
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
140
152
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants applying for Early Decision must take the GRE before July 31, 2019

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants must submit a supplemental application to the Wayne State University Graduate School, pay the application fee, and supply all official transcripts to both PTCAS and the university.
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
***** AT LEAST ONE REFERENCE MUST BE FROM A PHYSICAL THERAPIST who has observed your volunteer activities or work in a physical therapy setting. *****

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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
To be valid, the TOEFL must be no more than two years old upon application to the Graduate School (separate application from PTCAS). A minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 79 (internet based) is required.

More information can be found at:
http://gradadmissions.wayne.edu/intl_students.php

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?
No
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Must be equivalent to BIO 2870 (Anatomy and Physiology) at Wayne State University. This is equivalent to taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2. Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Must be equivalent to BIO 2870 (Anatomy and Physiology) at Wayne State University. This is equivalent to taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2. Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Must be equivalent to BIO 1510 (Basic Life Mechanism) at Wayne State University. Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
• Two chemistry courses with at least one lab, as long as topics do not overlap (options include CHM 1020 or 1220/1230, CHM 1030 or 1240/1250, and CHM 2220/2230). Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
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
Two chemistry courses with at least one lab, as long as topics do not overlap (options include CHM 1020 or 1220/1230, CHM 1030 or 1240/1250, and CHM 2220/2230). Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
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
Must be equivalent to ENG 1020 (Introductory College Writing) at Wayne State University.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
General Education
Students without a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment in the PT program must complete all WSU General Education requirements. Please see: http://cphs.wayne.edu/physical-therapy/dpt-admissions.php for specifics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 36
Acceptable Courses
  • Other: General Education
Physics I
Must be equivalent to PHY 2130/2131 (General Physics 1 and Lab) at Wayne State University. Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Must be equivalent to PHY 2140/2141 (General Physics 2 and Lab) at Wayne State University. Coursework older than 6 years not accepted. Coursework older than 6 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Must be equivalent to PSY 1010 or PSY 1020 (Introductory Psychology) at Wayne State University.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Must be equivalent to STA 1020 (Elementary Statistics) at Wayne State University.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Elementary Statistics
Upper Level Concentration
A minimum of six (6) additional credits in upper division (3000 level or higher) courses concentrated in one area.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Other: Upper Level Concentration