2019-20 Applicants

Washington University in St Louis


Contact Information more...

Sarah Rands
Manager, Admissions and Student Affairs
Program in Physical Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 8502
4444 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis MO, 63108
(314) 286-1402
(314) 286-1401
PTAdmissions@email.wustl.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Additional information about the class profile
We have articulation agreements with Augustana College (IL), Truman State University(MO), and St. Louis College of Pharmacology (MO).
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
89
Anticipated size of next entering class
88
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
20%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
67%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
1%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
1%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
13%

Sex

% Male
28%
% Female
72%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% Asian
9%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
82%
% Two or More Races
3%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis – School of Medicine provides a world-class education in an environment full of energy and enthusiasm. Our students are dedicated and supportive of one another; our faculty thrive on sharing their love for the profession. Together, faculty and students continually strive, excel and put new ideas into motion, making this a dynamic and exciting place to learn.

The Program is dedicated to a three-part mission: training exceptional clinicians, expanding knowledge in the field through groundbreaking research, and offering excellent patient care. In this environment of innovation, our students learn at the forefront what is known about the science of movement and experience firsthand the continual advancements in physical therapy.

We take a student-centered approach to education, striving to provide every resource and opportunity students need to learn well. The atmosphere is warm, non-competitive and collegial. We are committed to helping every student achieve his or her professional goals.

Our Program is made up of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about the field of physical therapy. Throughout the school, our faculty and staff provide an enthusiasm for learning that will make your education challenging, interesting and fulfilling.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT): This professional, full-time clinical doctorate program prepares students for the practice of physical therapy. The curriculum is three years of combined academic and clinical work, including 38 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. The program has been accredited continuously by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1942. It is distinguished by its focus on diagnostic classification of patients' movement problems and on evidence-based practice.

The DPT curriculum combines clinical experience and classroom learning, with the goal of training outstanding clinicians. In classroom learning, faculty present material as it relates to clinical application. Students practice hands-on clinical skills on each other, on volunteer patients and during trips to off-site clinics. Students encounter increasingly difficult clinical cases as they move through the curriculum.

Patient contact is integrated throughout the curriculum. During the first year, students spend time in an area clinic participating in care with an experienced clinician. In addition, four full time clinical experiences of 8 to 12 weeks each are interspersed throughout the curriculum; for these experiences, students may choose from approximately 400 affiliated clinical sites throughout the country.

Students will be educated as experts on the Human Movement System. Students leave the program adept at quickly and thoroughly diagnosing a patient's movement dysfunction and implementing an effective treatment plan. An emphasis on evidence-based health care practice prepares students for life-long learning.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
02/03/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Applications that are complete (including GRE and letters of recommendation) are reviewed in order of receipt. General Admission files are reviewed beginning October through February. Only applicants admitted by December 15 are eligible for assistanships, merit and essay driven scholarships.

Join us at our DPT Open House on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  For more information, please see our website at http://pt.wustl.edu/.

Individual half-day visits are held Monday through Friday. Contact the WUSTL DPT Admissions Office at 314-286-1402 or PTAdmissions@email.wustl.edu for more information.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the cumulative science, combined math and science, and core prerequisites.

Admitted early decision candidates are required to deposit $500 within three weeks of notification.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A $500.00 deposit is required by January 15. Earlier deposits are welcome. If admitted after this date, the deposit is due two weeks after notification of admission. This fee is non-refundable and will be applied to tuition after matriculation.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
 
3.76
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.71
Cumulative Science
3.00
3.71
Combined Math and Science
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All General Admission Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the following cumulative scores: cumulative science, combined science and math, and core PT prerequisites.

Early Decision Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the following cumulative scores: cumulative science, combined science and math, and core PT prerequisites.

NOTE: Retaken courses are average into the science and combined math/science cumulative GPAs.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7734
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/30/2012
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Verbal reasoning % score
 
67%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
58%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
69%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If PTCAS does not show your original GRE scores as received, we encourage you to send a photocopy or scanned copy of your original GRE scores you received from the testing facility directly to Washington University in St. Louis. This copy may be used at the time of application if the original is not available.

If admitted, an original must be sent prior to matriculation to Washington University in St. Louis.

Observation Hours

 
Neither paid or volunteer PT hours are required, but are recommended.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are considered
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
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?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Provide supporting documentation for your courses in the documents section of the application. You may update the information at any time prior to submission.

A resume may be uploaded in the documents section of the application but is NOT required.

If you do not see that your scores have been received by PTCAS, you may choose to upload a PDF of your GRE scores in order to expedite your application.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
It is required you provide course descriptions for your Biology, Anatomy with lab and Physiology with lab prerequisites. You may include a link to the course descriptions or cut and paste the course descriptions into a single document and upload where instructed on the PTCAS application.
Supplemental Requirements
Supporting documentation for Courses
Optional Resume
Optional Unofficial GRE
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-02-03
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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
One reference must be from a college-level instructor with whom the applicant took a course. It is preferred that this person is the primary professor, although in some circumstances a teaching assistant is acceptable.

For the other two letters of reference, best choices include a second professor, a healthcare practitioner, an employer or a supervisor.

We do not accept references from high school teachers or applicant's healthcare provider (e.g. their personal physician or physical therapist).

We do accept references from a health care provider with whom an applicant has volunteered or worked.

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
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
- Academic Credentialized Evaluation
- Verification of English Language Proficiency (within one year of application)
- Applicants must submit official TOEFL scores to Washington University in St. Louis
- Washington University in St. Louis - Office of International Student Services recommends English testing for all non-us students if English is not their first language

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
The Admissions Committee prefers for the majority of prerequisites to be completed at a 4-year university. At time of application no more than 5 prerequisite courses should remain outstanding.

Recommended (not required) courses include: Abnormal Psychology English Composition, Medical Terminology, and Trigonometry or Calculus.
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
A two-course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology 8 semester hour prerequisite.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
Biology / Biological Science
Courses for science majors (contents to include cell structure and function, function of macro molecules). We do not accept Evolution, Environmental, Embryology, Histology or Immunology courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology / Biological Science
Courses for science majors (contents to include cell structure and function, function of macro molecules). We do not accept Evolution, Environmental, Embryology, Histology or Immunology courses.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
A total of 8 semester hours of Chemistry sequence with labs is required. (Chem I and II OR Inorganic and Organic OR Biochemistry I and II)
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I for description.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
A total of 8 semester hours of Physics sequence with labs is required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See Physics I for description.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A two-course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology 8 semester hour prerequisite.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology is recommended but not required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Any statistics course will meet this prerequisite.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics