2012-13 Applicants

George Washington University


Contact Information more...

Doctor of Physical Therapy
The George Washington University
2100-W Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 5079
Washington DC, 20037
(202) 994-8528
(202) 994-6689
hsphora@gwu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/22/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
3%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
97%

Program Description more...

The George Washington University is a private institution, built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas. It is a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is housed within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its mission is:

• Teaching with creativity and dedication,

• Healing with quality and compassion, and

• Discovering with imagination and innovation

The DPT Program provides quality graduate education and is committed to developing generalist practitioners who are: autonomous practitioners; reflective practitioners who think critically and use best evidence to effectively solve problems; compassionate practitioners who demonstrate excellence in communication and interpersonal skills, a respect for individual and cultural differences and the core values of the profession; and dedicated practitioners who value the tenets of lifelong learning.
The curriculum consists of 102 credits of professional course work requiring thirty-three months of full-time study beginning in the fall semester. It combines content from the foundational sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, professional practice expectations, practice management expectations, and critical inquiry. Students develop the skills needed to examine, evaluate, diagnose, prognose, develop a plan of care; and implement and re-evaluate that plan of care for patients with dysfunction in the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromotor and integumentary systems across the lifespan. Throughout the coursework, students develop skills in applying the best evidence when making clinical decisions and predicting outcomes in physical therapy practice.

The curriculum is built on the overarching principles of integration and application. Information is integrated and applied through a series of six integrative units entitled Clinical Conference I-VI. During this course sequence, patient-actors are hired as "standardized patients" enabling students to apply their knowledge in authentic situations prior to entering the clinical setting. Integration and application are further reinforced through early clinical practice. Clinical experiences are introduced early in the curriculum in the second and fourth semesters with a biweekly, full day clinical immersion. Three full-time clinical internships occur in semesters six, seven, and eight for a total of 34 weeks of full time clinical experience (8 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks respectively). Internships are located regionally, nationally, and internationally. These internships provide depth and breadth to each student's unique educational experience. A comprehensive examination in the sixth semester validates the student's readiness for the full-time clinical internships, and helps the student begin to prepare for the national board examinations. In the past year, 100% of GW graduates who took the national licensure exam passed on the first attempt and 100% of the graduates seeking employment were employed.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is an exciting and vibrant community in which to live and learn. Students are involved in a variety of student centered organizations and participate in a multitude of volunteer experiences in and around the community. Access to the nation's capital is only one of many opportunities available to students who choose to attend GW. The University is within minutes of the headquarters of our national organization, The American Physical Therapy Association. Washington is an ideal location for sightseeing and cultural activities. The White House, the Kennedy Center and national monuments are all within walking distance of campus.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/17/2012
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
1/15/2013
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.00
3.40
Science
 
3.20
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each course to satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
5246
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/01/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/15/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
156
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
151
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0

Observation Hours

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
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-01-15
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
2

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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited agency. Applicants can take the IELTS test in place of TOEFL.

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
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Any of the following courses will be accepted: English Composition I and II, or 1 English Composition and 1 English Literature, or 2 English Literature, or Courses designated as “Writing intensive” or Writing within the discipline”
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
English Composition / Writing
See description above
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
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
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Psychology (Specialized)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses