2019-20 Applicants

West Coast University


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Contact Information more...

Mary Tatoyan
Admissions Committee Member
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
West Coast University
590 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles CA, 90004
(323) 284-4376
mtatoyan@westcoastuniversity.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/03/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
44
Anticipated size of next entering class
44
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Physical Therapists play an important role—from working with athletes to helping clients of all ages—tailoring targeted modalities to the needs of each client to help maximize quality of life. You can earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in as little as three years.

The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 34%.
* 1 between 2014 and 2024. This far outpaces the average projected growth rate for many occupations.
* 1 As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals has accelerated.

With that in mind, West Coast University has created a student-centric, three-year doctor of physical therapy program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.

WCU Advantages:
Leveraging innovative learning strategies, West Coast University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program places experience and collaboration at the cornerstone of student achievement.

Ongoing Experiential Education—classroom theory comes alive with a progression of dynamic clinical experiences. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end-of-program clinical internships will develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they embark upon their career.

A variety of clinical internship opportunities—students will have a total of 51 weeks of full-time clinical internships during the academic program at WCU. These will take place in a minimum of three different practice settings to ensure that students are prepared to be a general practitioner at graduation and equipped to work in a range of clinical settings. WCU has clinical agreements nationwide and students will be required to complete at least one clinical education experience outside of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Expenses related to the clinical education experience such as housing and other living expenses, are the responsibility of the student.

Student-focused approach—WCU helps prepare graduates to practice physical therapy with both compassion and competence, while reinforcing essential, evidence-based skills.

Support Beyond Graduation:
West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.
Through our Career Service Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.

Since healthcare professionals are life-long learners, WCU assists its graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs through a complimentary membership to our partner company, Contemporary Forums. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-6

Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast 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.

Program Mission Statement:
The mission of West Coast University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to provide a student-centric education that prepares graduates for caring, innovative, interdisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to patient-centered care.

Learning Outcomes:
Each student will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviors in order to:

1. Provide physical therapy services in a professional, analytical, and caring manner.
2. Synthesize and demonstrate autonomous entry-level skills in providing physical therapy services.
3. Develop effective communication, consultation, and collaboration skills in the provision of services as a part of the health care team.
4. Evaluate current evidence into clinical reasoning processes and incorporate into physical therapy practice.
5. Adhere to ethical standards of practice and legal/regulatory policies.

View out Facilities: http://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-physical-therapy/facilities.html
Meet Our Faculty: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-physical-therapy/meet-the-faculty.html

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
02/17/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Please Note: Coursework older than 10 years will NOT be accepted to meet the program's prerequisite requirements.  

All admissions requirements are due by the deadline in order to be considered. This includes all prerequisite coursework & completion of an undergraduate degree. Transcripts should be submitted to PTCAS with an appropriate amount of time for processing, in order to meet the deadline of 2/17/2020. Transcripts must be already in a verified status through PTCAS to be reviewed. No documents or transcripts will be accepted after the deadline.

Application close deadline is firm.



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

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
 
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum overall undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 is required; post-baccalaureate coursework would not impact the calculation of this GPA.

Additionally, a minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for our program prerequisites in order to be considered.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4358
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
There is no minimum score requirement at this time.

GRE scores older than 5 years will NOT be accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must obtain signed proof of volunteering in a physical therapy clinical setting for a minimum of 40 hours.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$75.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Supplemental Requirements
WCU Application for Admission
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
Legend
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
The program requires 2 letters of reference. One must be from a physical therapist and one must be from a faculty member.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
TOEFL scores will be required if an applicant has completed their undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. Minimum acceptable score: 90

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
*Prerequisites must be completed within the last 10 years.*

IMPORTANT NOTE: All transcripts are due to PTCAS at least 4 weeks prior to our deadline in order to avoid missing the deadline. Your application and transcripts must be fully complete and verified by PTCAS before our deadline, in order to be reviewed.

Program does not accept Credit by Examination & Advanced Placement credits. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of a C or better, meet our semester unit requirements, be completed within the last ten years and through a regionally accredited institution.
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
Yes
Anatomy
One (1) course in human anatomy with a lab (4 semester hours including labs). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology / Biological Science
One (1) course in biology (at least 3 semester hours). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
Two (2) courses of general chemistry for science majors (8 semester hours including labs). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Two (2) courses of general chemistry for science majors (8 semester hours including labs). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Two (2) courses of general physics with lab (8 semester hours including labs) for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Two (2) courses of general physics with lab (8 semester hours including labs) for science majors. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
One (1) course in physiology with a lab (4 semester hours including labs). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Physiology
Social/Behavioral Science
A total of six (6) semester hours in the behavioral sciences (Life span development is one of the preferred courses). 1 of 2 behavioral science courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Social/Behavioral Science
2 of 2 behavioral science courses required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
One (1) statistics course (3 Semester hours). Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics