2019-20 Applicants

Western Carolina 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.

Contact Information more...

Linda Donaldson
University Program Specialist
Western Carolina University
Department of Physical Therapy
3971 Little Savannah Rd
Room 232
Cullowhee NC, 28723
(828) 227-2290
(828) 227-7070
donaldson@email.wcu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/20/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
35
Anticipated size of next entering class
35
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
69%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
21%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Below are just a few reasons why we believe WCU will be a great choice for you:

Facilities:
The program resides in a spacious 160,000 square foot state of the art new Health Sciences Building with custom-designed laboratory spaces and new equipment for physical therapy. This is an environmentally friendly building design that blends with the surrounding natural beauty and maximizes opportunities for engaged learning. An interdisciplinary clinic and a sports medicine physical therapy clinic on the first floor of the building allow opportunities for hands-on learning and integrated clinical experiences. Included in these integrated clinical experiences is our award winning student run pro-bono physical therapy clinic to provide much needed health care services to area residents.

Beautiful Location:
Few places in the world are more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, WCU offers the ideal blend of rural beauty with state-of-the-art facilities and countless recreation and fitness opportunities.

Comparatively Low Tuition and Fees:
At WCU, you’ll find a tremendous academic value: a competitive academic program that’s on par with public and private universities across the country.

Quality of Instruction:
Teaching is the primary mission of the university and our department. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty who are committed to providing you with the best education possible.

Small Class Sizes:
We currently admit 35 students a year and we maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

Hands-on Experience:
Faculty commitment to active learning, spacious state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and strong collaborative relationships within the larger community allow lots of hands-on learning experiences.

Pass rates on National Licensing Examination:
Our students consistently achieve pass rates above state and national averages. Our 2007-16 three year ultimate pass rates are 100% and the 2013-17 period first time pass rate is 100%. Additionally, the 2015 and 2016 graduating class mean scores on the national board exam were the best in the nation.

Global Health Education:
Global education is an expanding area of interest for many applicants, and is a rising priority at WCU. Each year our faculty take a group of students to rural Honduras in an international outreach effort to provide pro bono physical therapy services where no such services exist. The citizens of Honduras have limited access to any type of health care, and physical therapy is essentially non-existent in this country.

Service Learning/Community Engagement (SLCE):
Students are involved in community engagement and service learning as part of the regular curriculum and they also have the option of completing either a research based or SLCE project for their final Doctoral Project.

Clinical Education:
Our students have the opportunity to participate in four full-time clinical education experiences (total 34 weeks) at sites across the nation in addition to a variety of clinical laboratory experiences.

Human Movement Science Laboratory:
Our state-of-the-art lab, provided by a grant of approximately $300,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, allows the program to supplement the education of students, conduct research, and provide diagnostic clinical services to individuals in the surrounding region.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

An on-site applicant interview will be scheduled for applications evaluated as competitive. Attendance is mandatory (Skype type interview not provided). Primary tentative dates for non-ED applicants are set for December 7 & 8, 2019.  Other dates may be utilized.

Applicants are accepted from those who receive an on-site interview.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates to the program MUST have a fully completed application (no outstanding prerequisite coursework). Early decision candidates to the program must have a minimum overall AND prerequisite GPA of 3.5.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
This nonrefundable deposit secures a seat for the applicant offered admission.
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
3.68
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.68
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
With hundreds of applicants each year, a GPA less than 3.0 will not be competitive for admission to this program. Applicants whose overall undergraduate cumulative GPA does not meet the 3.00 minimum will not be evaluated further.

Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification. The committee will ONLY consider exceptions to this policy for biology, chemistry, exercise physiology, psychology, physics, and statistics. This will be made on a case by case basis.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0342
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
30%
69%
Quantitative reasoning % score
30%
56%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.5
Analytical writing % score
30%
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applications with GRE scores below the minimum considered score will not be evaluated further. Applicants who wish to apply to the WCU DPT program but do not meet the minimum GRE score should retake the exam to achieve this minimum prior to submitting an application to our program.

Observation Hours

 
We strongly recommend that applicants seek volunteer or paid experience in a variety of physical therapy settings. It is helpful to assure that the profession is a good fit for the applicant and also creates a frame of reference for professional preparation.
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
32
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
Up to 129 hours
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$65.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants must complete a Graduate School application through Apply Yourself (an on-line application system); upload copy of current transcript(s); pay the application fee; and have official GRE scores sent directly to the Western Carolina University's PTCAS GRE code (#0342).
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental WCU graduate school application will include uploading of current academic transcript(s).
Accepted applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500
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
Should your letter of recommendation come from an academic faculty member who is also a licensed physical therapist, this will be evaluated as coming from a professor and not a clinician. You will need an additional letter from a physical therapist whom you have spent time with in the clinic.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • 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

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
Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification. Exceptions to this policy will be considered for biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, and statistics only.

Anatomy & Physiology prerequisite coursework is considered extremely important by our program, and MUST be completed in a BIOLOGY, NEUROSCIENCE, ANATOMY, INTEGRATED PHYSIOLOGY OR EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY department. Failure to meet this requirement is grounds for an application's rejection.
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
The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology I- Introduction to biology for majors. Basic cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and evolutionary trends among organisms; introduction to genetics and molecular biology. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. Biology II- Introduction to biology for majors. Basic cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and evolutionary trends among organisms; introduction to genetics and molecular biology. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Course should cover physiological changes that occur in the body during exercise, after exercise, and during a training period, planning a personalized exercise routine should be discussed. Online courses accepted. For students enrolled at WCU, students can take HPE 225: Applied Kinesiology II to meet this requirement. Please note this course has a pre-requisite of HPE 223: Applied Kinesiology I – Anatomy, Physiology, & Biomechanics or a co-requisite of BIOL 291. Additionally, (athletic training only) students may take ATTR 377: Physical Adaptations to Exercise course. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 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: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. A general or introductory (NOT abnormal) course in psychology. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
At least one lecture should include descriptive statistics and tests of hypotheses. Qualitative research methodology is recommended but not required. Satisfactory courses in statistics include those taught by departments of psychology, math, education, computer science, and sociology. Statistics courses in departments such as business and health professions services are also acceptable, if they include the content described above.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics