2012-13 Applicants

West Virginia University


Contact Information more...

Brenda Wolfe
Academic Advisor
Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine
West Virginia University
PO Box 9225
Room 8701 Health Sciences South
Morgantown WV, 26506-9226
(304) 293-1690
(304) 293-3610
bwolfe@hsc.wvu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/10/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
40
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
65%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
35%

Program Description more...

West Virginia University Division of Physical Therapy offers an accredited three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The program graduates highly recruited and knowledgeable practitioners who provide evidence-based physical therapy in multiple specialty areas including sports medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. The program was established in 1970 as part of the WVU School of Medicine and has graduated over 800 physical therapists. The WVU program offers large medical school resources with a small, friendly class size and affordable tuition. The typical class consists of 40 students with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6.

Admission to the DPT program requires a baccalaureate degree and completion of all necessary prerequisite courses. The curriculum is divided into 6 semesters and 2 summers for a total of 120 graduate credits. The program offers a carefully designed curriculum that integrates part-time and full-time clinical rotations with the necessary didactic course work. Graduates of the program obtain a total of 32 weeks of supervised clinical education experience in a variety of clinical settings. The program offers over 200 clinical educations sites, which provide a broad array of experiences and opportunities. Students are also offered the ability to take elective course work in their desired specialty area during the 3rd year of study.

A quality physical therapy education begins with highly trained and experienced faculty who are able to integrate basic science with real-life clinical experience. The core faculty consists of 10 dedicated physical therapists (8 hold a doctoral degree) and 4 exceptional adjunct or dual appointment professors. The faculty represents expertise in many aspects of the basic sciences including: neurology, anatomy, physiology, and exercise science. Faculty also have clinical expertise and/or clinical specialization in hand therapy, orthopedics, sports medicine, cardiopulmonary PT, geriatrics, women's health, pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, and acute care. All core faculty maintain clinical practice in their area of expertise as part of a faculty group practice or through affiliation with local clinics and hospitals. Additionally, all core faculty are actively engaged in clinical research and/or service within the American Physical Therapy Association.


The WVU Physical Therapy program is dedicated to the achievement of high standards in student outcomes including board pass rate, student retention and graduation, clinical performance scores, professionalism, employer satisfaction, and job placement. To ensure that students are prepared for the National Board Examination, second-year students take comprehensive written and practical examinations that simulate the Board examination and undergo a Board review course prior to graduation. The WVU first-attempt Board pass rate for 2008 and 2009 graduates was 96.5%, which is higher than the national average of 87.5%. The average Board score during this period was 659, where a score of 600 is needed for licensure.
Advantages of WVU Physical Therapy program include: cadaver dissection, affiliation with a School of Medicine, small class size, high faculty to student ratio, knowledgeable and experienced faculty, long and honorable program history, rural health opportunities, affordable tuition, and exceptional support from local hospitals, clinics, and faithful WVU alumni.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
1/15/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

The deadline for the first round of applications will be December 3, 2012

The deadline for the second round will be January 15, 2013.

Only applications that are complete will be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to make every attempt to meet the first deadline. If seats remain in the class following the first round review process, the committee will then consider applicants meeting the second round deadline of January 15, 2013.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The admissions committee will only consider Early Decision candidates whose overall GPA’s are greater than 3.30.

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
3.66
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.54
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7639
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
We will accept either the GRE General Test, or the new Revised General Test. Only GRE scores submitted via our program's PTCAS GRE reporting code (7639) will be considered.

Observation Hours

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
60
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/01/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants who meet our program's minimum requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application. Instructions for completing the supplemental application will be sent to the applicant's primary email as listed in PTCAS.
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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

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
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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
The anatomy courses included in the DPT curriculum are extremely rigorous. Students should seek out the highest level anatomy course(s) available. The minimum prerequisite is a 3 credit hour course in Human Anatomy; ideally with a laboratory. We will accept a 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology. Courses in comparative, mammalian, or animal anatomy will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
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: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
For the physiology prerequisite, we will accept a 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology. Separate Human Physiology course with lab is preferred. Animal, Mammalian, or Comparative Physiology courses are not acceptable.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
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: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
A course Developmental (lifespan) psychology is strongly recommended, although other psychology courses (abnormal, social) are accepted. Students should seek developmental Psychology courses that cover the entire human lifespan, from birth through older adulthood.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
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: Social
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics