2019-20 Applicants

Western Michigan University


Effective April 30, 2019, Western Michigan University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 269-387-8987 or email Sarah Anderson, Manager of Recruitment and Outreach at sarah.anderson@wmich.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.


Contact Information more...

Sarah Anderson
Manager of Recruitment and Outreach
Western Michigan University
Department of Physical Therapy
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo MI, 49008-5383
(269) 387-8987
sarah.anderson@wmich.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/25/2020
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
57%
% Female
43%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
7%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
84%
% Two or More Races
7%

Program Description more...

The Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program were established and approved in 2015, after the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study and planning document.

30 students will be admitted in each cohort.

The program is 2.5 years (30 months) with classes beginning in late June and graduation takes place in December.

The full program is 110 credit hours (94 didactic; 16 full-time clinical).

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

  • All applications must be in a complete or verified status no later than 11:59pm ET on October 15, 2019. This not only includes official transcripts but all letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and supplemental fees. Please plan ahead to ensure that all official documents arrive to PTCAS prior to the October 15 deadline. Any application missing documents or transcripts as of October 16 will be considered late and will not be reviewed.

  • Invitations to interview on campus will be sent out to a select number of applicants by Friday, October 25, 2019.

  • DPT Interview Day will take place in mid-November 2019.

  • Admission decisions will be made, with offers sent out, by the end of November 2019.


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
The nonrefundable $500 deposit secures spot in program, and will be paid toward the first semester of tuition. The first $300 deposit will be due in mid-December.The second $200 deposit will be due in early January.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
12/20/2019

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Applicants will be ranked according to a composite score of all required application items (e.g. GPA, GRE score, etc.). A select number of applicants will be invited for an onsite interview and scores from this interview process will be added to the pre-interview score. Based on this final ranking, applicants will be 1) offered admission, 2) placed on a wait list, or 3) declined admission.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.50
Minimum average GPA from most recent 60 credits of coursework completed.
3.00
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA from the most recent 60 credits of coursework.
Applicants are required to pass all prerequisite courses with a C (2.0) or better, with an overall average of B (3.0) or better.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4512
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2014
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
GRE General Test must be taken within five years prior to the application deadline.

We do not require a minimum score on the exam. However, we recognize that GRE scores are one of the strongest predictors of success in completing PT school and passing the licensure exam (NPTE) (which is, of course, a standardized test). Therefore, higher GRE scores are considered when we rank applicants and make selections for interviews. If applicants have taken the GRE more than one time, we only consider the highest achieved scores.

Observation Hours

 
We do not require observation hours because of the following two reasons: (1) We believe that observation hours place a lot of burden and stress on clinical facilities and we have a far greater need for clinical sites to take students for formal clinical education, and (2) There is no guarantee as to the quality of those observation hours (e.g. simple presence in a clinic could be logged as observation time, regardless of whether clinician/patient interaction was observed). However, we do expect that aspiring students have explored the profession thoroughly (including some observation) and can articulate this knowledge and experience if granted an admissions interview.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$30.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Please pay $30 supplemental application fee here:

https://secure.touchnet.net/C21782_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=176&clearPreview=true

This fee is due no later than 11:59pm ET on October 15, 2019.
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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
Three letters of recommendation are required:
* One academic (professor/instructor)
* One professional (ideally, a clinician where you worked/volunteered/shadowed)
* One additional letter from either an academic or professional reference

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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
WMU International Admissions will be able to issue Forms I-20s for F-1 international students to enroll in the program.

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
Note: Prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application, and must be completed no later than June 1 prior to the Summer II start of the DPT program.

We will NOT accept Advanced Placement (AP) credit for any prerequisite course requirements.
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
There are two options for completing the Human Anatomy prerequisite: 1. Applicants may complete a separate Human Anatomy course OR 2. Applicants may complete a combined A&P course, designated as A&P Part I.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Applicants must complete a general/introductory biology course, with a lab. The course must contain the human element (i.e. we will NOT accept environmental biology).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
There are two options for completing the Human Physiology prerequisite: 1. Applicants may complete a separate Human Physiology course OR 2. Applicants may complete a combined A&P course, designated as A&P Part II.
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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Social/Behavioral Science
1 of 2 courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
2 of 2 courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics