2019-20 Applicants

West Virginia University


Contact Information more...

Brenda Wolfe
Advising Specialist
Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine
West Virginia University
PO Box 9225
Room 8701 Health Sciences South
Morgantown WV, 26506-9225
(304) 293-1690
(304) 293-3610
bswolfe@hsc.wvu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/08/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
WVU is developing a dual DPT/PhD program. Details will be posted on our website at https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/pt/ as soon as they are available.
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
41
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
76%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
14%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
20%

Sex

% Male
54%
% Female
46%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
2%
% Asian
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
94%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy offers an accredited three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The program graduates highly recruited and knowledgeable practitioners who provide evidence-based physical therapy in multiple specialty areas. The program was established in 1970 as part of the WVU School of Medicine and has graduated over 1100 physical therapists. The WVU program offers large School of Medicine resources with a small, friendly class size, and affordable tuition. The typical class consists of 40 students with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.67.

Admission to the DPT program requires a baccalaureate degree and completion of all necessary prerequisite courses. The curriculum is divided into 6 semesters and 3 summers for a total of 120 graduate credits. The program offers a carefully designed curriculum that integrates part-time and full-time clinical experiences with the necessary didactic course work. Graduates of the program obtain a total of 36 weeks of supervised clinical education experience in a variety of clinical settings. The program offers over 330 clinical educations sites, which provide a broad array of experiences and opportunities. Students are also offered the ability to take elective course work in their desired specialty area during the 3rd year of study.

The diversity of faculty clinical expertise is viewed as a major strength of the program. There are fifteen faculty who regularly teach in the physical therapy program: ten are full-time core faculty, eight hold terminal doctoral degrees, and seven are Board Certified Clinical Specialists (geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, hand therapy, neurology, orthopedics, and women's health). The fields in which the faculty hold post-professional degrees include anatomy, education, health sciences, public health, statistics, exercise science, physiology, neurosciences and psychology/neurobiology. Two faculty hold joint appointments in the School of Medicine. One of these jointly appointed faculty members is a nationally renowned expert in muscle physiology and the other is a well-funded epidemiologist who oversees orthopedic outcomes research. All core faculty who hold a PT license practice on a part-time basis in the clinic or in a hospital setting as part of their faculty appointment. Additionally, all core faculty are actively engaged in clinical research and/or service within the American Physical Therapy Association.

The WVU Physical Therapy program has a proud 49-year tradition of producing outstanding student outcomes including board pass rate, student retention and graduation, clinical performance scores, professionalism, employer satisfaction, and job placement. Program outcomes include a 2-Year average graduation rate of 94%; a 94% average first-time board pass rate; and over 98% of graduates obtain employment as a physical therapist within 6 months of graduation. Strengths of the program cited in surveys by graduates and employers include expertise of the faculty, anatomy, orthopedic physical therapy, neurologic rehabilitation, geriatrics, documentation, and the ability of graduates to work as a member of the healthcare team.

Advantages of the WVU Physical Therapy program include cadaver dissection, affiliation with a School of Medicine, small class size, high faculty to student ratio, knowledgeable and experienced faculty, well-established program with a rich 49-year history, rural health opportunities, and exceptional support from local hospitals, clinics, and faithful WVU alumni.

Application Deadlines

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

Only applications that are complete by the stated deadline will be considered.

New student orientation for accepted students will be held on June 4 and 5, 2020. This orientation is mandatory for all accepted students.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must have an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$400.00
Additional Information about Deposit
After receiving an offer of admission, accepted applicants will receive a tuition deposit invoice from the university. Deposit amounts are $400 for WV residents and $800 for non-residents. Deposits are due within 2 weeks and are non-refundable. The deposit will be applied to the student’s Summer 2020 tuition.
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
3.66
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.59
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
When a prerequisite course is repeated, we will use both grades in calculating the prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7639
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Only GRE scores submitted via our program's PTCAS GRE reporting code (7639) will be considered.

Official GRE scores must be received prior to the application deadline.

Observation 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
60
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
**Applicants invited for interviews will be given the supplemental materials to complete/submit at the time of their interview.**
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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
2 letters of recommendation must be from US-licensed physical therapists with whom the student has worked in a clinical setting, either on a volunteer or employment basis. A third letter must be from a professor or academic advisor.

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
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Separate Human Anatomy course with lab is preferred. A 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Anatomy & Physiology is acceptable. Comparative, mammalian/animal, or vertebrate anatomy will not be accepted. It is recommended that the human anatomy prerequisite be completed within two years prior to admission.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Separate Human Physiology course with lab is preferred. A 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Anatomy & Physiology is acceptable. Comparative, mammalian/animal, or vertebrate physiology will not be accepted.It is recommended that the prerequisite course in human physiology be completed within two years prior to admission.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
A course in Developmental Psychology covering the human lifespan is preferred. Courses in Abnormal and Social Psychology are accepted. Courses in Sports Psychology will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics