2019-20 Applicants

Western University of Health Sciences


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...

Karen Hutton-Lopez
Director of Admissions
DPT Admissions Office
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second Street
Pomona CA, 91766-1854
(909) 469-5335
(909) 469-5650
admissions@westernu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/10/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage applicants to apply early. Interviews will begin in January 2020. Candidates are typically notified of their interview selection two weeks prior to the interview. All interviewed candidates will know their post-interview decision by early March 2020.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
54
Anticipated size of next entering class
54
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
61%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
39%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
43%
% Female
57%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
24%
% Asian
3%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
36%
% Two or More Races
32%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The curriculum for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program will prepare the graduate to be a physical therapist generalist. The DPT program is three years in length, and the curriculum consists of nine semesters, each having a particular emphasis. Didactic education, with embedded clinical experiences including in class opportunities with classmates, standardized patients, and "real" patients/clients, and clinical education experiences in a wide variety of clinical settings during year one, two, and three.

* Year I consists of an 18-week fall semester, a 19-week spring semester that includes a two-week clinical experience, and a nine-week summer semester.

* Year II consists of 18-week fall & spring semesters followed by a 12-week summer semester clinical experience.

* Year III consists of 18-week fall semester, two 12-week clinical experiences spring & summer semesters. Following the clinical experiences students return to campus for four-weeks of electives, capstone presentation and licensure exam preparation.

All Western University students are required to participate in interprofessional curriculum courses (IPE). IPE provides a forum for students to collaborate and learn from students in eight other health-care programs. The mission of IPE is to produce humanistic healthcare professionals who provide and promote collaborative patient-centered care and coordinated health care management.

DPT students will complete their education in August, but will participate in the University-wide commencement two months prior in May. State licensure examinations can be taken following successful completion of the program. The faculty includes scholars, researchers, administrators and clinicians from the professions of physical therapy, psychology, education, osteopathy, medicine and the basic sciences. All faculty are committed to the preparation of the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional who will be generalists, well versed in all aspects of physical therapy and dedicated to their profession and to the patients they serve.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Other
Important dates

November 1, 2019 is the firm deadline for acceptance of any application for the Fall 2019 entering class. The PTCAS COMPLETE Date MUST indicate a date of November 1, 2019 or before. This means that the PTCAS must be e-submitted to and RECEIVED by PTCAS, transcripts and recommendations must be RECEIVED by PTCAS, supplemental application and prerequisite worksheet must be RECEIVED by the Admissions Office on or before November 1, 2019 at the times specified on the respective websites. Application materials received after the times specified on November 1, 2019 by PTCAS and/or the Admissions Office will be deemed late and the application will no longer be eligible for consideration.


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 is non-refundable and is required to secure a seat in the class.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/31/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are held on the Pomona, California campus and attendance is mandatory for consideration. Interview invitations begin going out via email in mid to late-Fall with our first interview day occurring in early January. Interviews finish in late February with decisions going out by email within three weeks of the interview date.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.38
Prerequisite - All prerequisite courses listed on the Prerequisite Worksheet uploaded to the Supplem
3.00
3.42
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must have a minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher at the time of application. Competitive applicants will have an overall and prerequisite GPA consistent with the most recent entering class averages of 3.40 and above. We will use the most recent grade earned for repeated courses. Candidates may not have more than five science repeats (including those repeated more than once).

Additional instances of a course will be included in the overall GPA calculation. A Repeated Coursework Form is REQUIRED to be uploaded to your supplemental application to have repeated courses excluded from the overall and prerequisite GPA calculations. ALL repeated coursework is to be listed on the form, even non-prerequisite courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
2228
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
151
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Although we do not have a minimum score requirement for the verbal and quantitative sections, a minimum score of 3.5 in the analytical writing section is required. Scores may not be more than five years prior to our application deadline and must be received from ETS by the deadline.

Observation Hours

 
PT hours are required - hours must be completed under the direction/supervision of a licensed PT. Hours must be completed in two or more clinical settings or facilities (a minimum of 40 hours must be completed in a setting or facility in order to count). Hours may be in progress at the time of application but MUST BE COMPLETED by July 1, 2020.
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
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
**Visit the below link to access the program's supplemental materials and obtain instructions on submitting all materials to the program.***

Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the application checklist https://prospective.westernu.edu/media/health-sciences/dpt/pdfs/dpte-secondary-application-checklist.pdf) to ensure that all materials are submitted by the deadline.

Please refer to the Apply Now page (https://prospective.westernu.edu/health-sciences/dpt/apply/) to access the required forms and instructions.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Uploaded documents must be in PDF form and uploaded directly to the supplemental application on our website.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental Application, Prerequisite Worksheet, Repeated Course Sheet (if applicable), Official GRE Score Report from ETS,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-11-01
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
We require three satisfactory recommendations: one from a supervising physical therapist and one from a college course instructor/professor. The third letter must be from either a licensed physical therapist or a college course instructor/professor; a physical therapist is preferred.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • U.S. citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
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
Applicants who wish to use coursework completed outside of the United States, including Canada, must submit their transcripts for evaluation to World Education Services (WES). A course-by-course evaluation and calculation of GPA is required and all coursework must be designated as undergraduate, graduate, or professional. The course-by-course evaluation must be received by PTCAS from WES by the application deadline.

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
All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable) and at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad.

No more than one science (if semester-based course; two if the course is quarter-based) and one non-science prerequisite may be in progress after the fall term prior to matriculation (e.g. December 31, 2019, for Fall 2020 entering class).

NO MORE than 5 sciences courses can be repeated. Those repeated due to expiring are excluded from the maximum allotted.

All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2020, for the fall 2020 entering class).

One prerequisite may be taken on an advanced-placement, pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis.

Online/virtual laboratories will NOT be accepted to satisfy science prerequisite requirements.

ALL prerequisite courses MUST be checked against our online prerequisite database (https://webapp.westernu.edu/prerequisite/view_college_main/?DEPT_NAME=DPT). If course is not listed a syllabus MUST be submitted for review.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation. MUST be taken from the anatomy, physiology, A&P, biology or zoology departments. Combined anatomy & physiology courses will be considered only if a combined course sequence (2 semesters or 3 quarters) in anatomy & physiology is completed. Online laboratory will not be accepted to satisfy the prerequisite. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Two semesters or three quarters are required. Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation and specified for science majors. Introductory or survey courses not acceptable. Online/virtual laboratories NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Two semesters or three quarters are required. Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation and specified for science majors. Introductory or survey courses not acceptable. Online/virtual laboratories NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
English Composition / Writing
If your institution does not offer an English Composition course please contact the Admissions Office and be prepared to submit a course syllabus for review. Course must appear in our Prerequisite Database as approved.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
Two semesters or three quarters required. Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation. Introductory or survey courses not acceptable. Online/virtual laboratories NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Two semesters or three quarters required. Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation. Introductory or survey courses not acceptable. Online/virtual laboratories NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Course must have been completed no more than 7 years prior to matriculation. Must be taken from the anatomy, physiology, A&P, biology or zoology departments. Combined anatomy & physiology courses will be considered only if a combined course sequence (2 semesters or 3 quarters) in anatomy & physiology is completed. Online laboratories NOT accepted. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Two courses required. At least one must be from the psychology department. Abnormal and/or Developmental courses are highly recommended. 1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • 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
Psychology
Two courses required. At least one must be from the psychology department. Abnormal and/or Developmental courses are highly recommended. 2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • 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
Statistics
Prefer from math or statistics department. Syllabus required for courses taken out of any department other than math or statistics and if not listed in our acceptable course database.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics