2012-13 Applicants

Western University of Health Sciences


Contact Information more...

DPT Admissions Office
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second Street
Pomona CA, 91766
(909) 469-5335
(909) 706-3758
admissions@westernu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/05/2013
Additional information about the class profile
Due to our rolling admissions process we encourage applicants to apply early. Interviews will begin in November 2012.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
71%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
27%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
2%

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
11/1/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates
November 1, 2012 is the firm deadline for acceptance of any application for the Fall 2013 entering class. This means that both the PTCAS, Supplemental application, and prerequisite worksheet must be e-submitted to PTCAS and the Admissions Office respectively on or before Thursday, November 1, 2012. Application materials received after November 1, 2012 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 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
2.80
3.30
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.80
3.30
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Applicants must have a minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 2.8 or higher. Competitive applicants will have an overall and prerequisite GPA consistent with the current incoming class averages of 3.3 and above. We may also consider a GPA based on the last 60 semester/90 quarter units on a case-by-case basis. We will use the latest grade for repeated
courses. A course may not be repeated more than two times. Additional instances of a course will be included
in the overall GPA calculation.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No
Program's PTCAS GRE code
2228

Observation Hours

 
PT hours are required - hours must be completed under the direction/supervision of a 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).
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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
07/30/2013
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
Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the application checklist (http://prospective.westernu.edu/assets/prospective/physical-therapy-entry/dpte-secondary-application-checklist.pdf) to ensure that all materials are submitted by the deadline. Please refer to the Apply Now page to access the required forms and instructions.
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental Application
Prerequisite Worksheet
Repeated Course Sheet (if applicable)
Supplemental Application Checklist (Review Only)
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-11-01
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 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. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
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 a Western University of Health Sciences' approved service. A course-by-course evaluation is required and all coursework must be designated as undergraduate, graduate, or professional. Please visit our website, http://prospective.westernu.edu/physical-therapy-entry/foreign, for a list of approved services.

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
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 2 quarters) in anatomy & physiology is completed.
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: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • 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.
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.
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.
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.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • 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.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
QH: 6
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • 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 2 quarters) in anatomy & physiology is completed.
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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • 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: 4
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
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: 4
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
Statistics
Prefer from math or statistics department. Syllabus required for courses taken out of any department other than math or statistics.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics