2019-20 Applicants

Wheeling Jesuit University


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Contact Information more...

Sunny Birkhimer
Office Manager
Department of Physical Therapy
Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling WV, 26003
(304) 243-7201 ext. 101
dpt@wju.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/11/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
59
Anticipated size of next entering class
55
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
11%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
89%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
2%

Sex

% Male
58%
% Female
42%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
5%
% Asian
11%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
5%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
79%

Program Description more...

Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) is the youngest of the 28 Jesuit Institutions in the United States and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program embraces the Jesuit tradition of educational excellence. The Physical Therapy program emphasizes a whole person approach to the investigation of clinical issues using a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) format. The PBL format varies between a more instructor-center approach to a more student-centered approach based on the complexity of the material. The PBL format encourages teamwork, open discussion, and researching appropriate resources to acquire the essential didactic knowledge. Our program admits students from a number of different undergraduate fields of study, professional backgrounds, and levels of maturity. Diversity and variety of life experiences are most valuable in this program.

Our program exposes students to a variety of opportunities through class, volunteer/service projects, service learning and clinical education experiences. With a diverse faculty, the students are able to learn about various practice settings, and integrated into our program, are different levels of service learning experiences. These experiences bring the students in contact with people from several cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, exposing them to the inconsistency of the availability, access, and utilization of basic health care and public services in a community.

Participation in research is a key component of the program, and our students are required to contribute to the body of knowledge. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Opportunities to present their doctoral research projects at state, national and international levels and to publish the results in professional literature are possible.

WJU physical therapy graduates are prepared to practice a holistic approach in delivering physical therapy services to diverse populations throughout the continuum of health, wellness, injury, and disease. WJU physical therapy graduates demonstrate exemplary professionalism, exceptional skills in manual therapy, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and the ability to access and utilize knowledge reflective of a commitment to life-long learning.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
03/16/2020
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Interviews will be conducted in November for qualified applicants who have met the 10/15/18 soft deadline. Applications must be complete (official GRE scores reported, three required letters of reference, 80 verified volunteer observation hours) in order to be invited for an on campus interview. Acceptance letters will be sent once application and interview are completed.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must have an overall AND prerequisite GPA score of at least 3.4.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The $500.00 deposit will be posted toward the Term I tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
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
3.30
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.22
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must complete all program-specific prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Wheeling Jesuit University uses the overall GPA as calculated by PTCAS in the applicants application score.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7819
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
01/31/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2008
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
149
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
149
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The total GRE score is calculated by using the highest score from each section if test is taken more than once.

Observation Hours

 
Applicant must submit at least 80 verified volunteer or paid observation hours to fulfill this requirement.
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
80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
80
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?
No
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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
Each applicant must have at least one physical therapist reference and one academic reference. The third reference can be from any of the above accepted types.

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
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
English translation required for original foreign transcripts.

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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
One semester of Anatomy and one semester of Physiology can be substituted for A & P I and II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
One semester of Anatomy and one semester of Physiology can be substituted for A & P I and II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
1 of 2 Biology Required. Botany does NOT meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
2 of 2 Biology Required. Botany does NOT meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
1 of 2 Chemistry Required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
2 of 2 Chemistry Required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
1 of 2 Physics Required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
2 of 2 Physics Required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
1 Semester of General Psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Statistics
1 Semester Course of Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics