2013-14 Applicants

Western Carolina University


Contact Information more...

Linda Donaldson
University Program Specialist
Western Carolina University
Department of Physical Therapy
4121 Little Savannah Rd
Room 232
Cullowhee NC, 28723
(828) 227-2290
(828) 227-7070
donaldson@email.wcu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/18/2014
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
81%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
19%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

Program Description more...

Below are just a few reasons why we believe WCU will be a great choice for you:

Facilities:
The program resides in a spacious 160,000 square foot state of the art new Health Sciences Building with custom-designed laboratory spaces and new equipment for physical therapy. The architects have created an environmentally friendly building design that blends with the surrounding natural beauty and maximizes opportunities for engaged learning. An interdisciplinary clinic and teleconferencing capabilities on the first floor of the building will allow countless opportunities for hands-on learning.

Beautiful Location:
Few places in the world are more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, WCU offers the ideal blend of rural beauty with state-of-the-art facilities and countless recreation and fitness opportunities.

Comparatively Low Tuition and Fees:
At WCU, you’ll find a tremendous academic value: a competitive academic program that’s on par with public and private universities across the country.

Quality of Instruction:
Teaching is the primary mission of the university and our department. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty who are committed to providing you with the best education possible.

Small Class Sizes:
We admit only 32 students a year and we maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

Hands-on Experience:
Faculty commitment to active learning, spacious state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and strong collaborative relationships within the larger community allow lots of hands-on learning experiences.

Pass rates on National Licensing Examination:
Our students consistently achieve pass rates above state and national averages. Our 2008-10 three year ultimate pass rate is 100%.

Service Learning:
Students are involved in service learning as part of the regular curriculum and they also have the option of completing either a research or service-learning project for their final project.

Clinical Education:
Our students have the opportunity to participate in four full-time clinical education experiences (total 34 weeks) at sites across the nation in addition to a variety of clinical laboratory experiences.

Human Movement Science Laboratory:
Our state-of-the-art lab, provided by a grant of approximately $300,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, allows the program to supplement the education of students, conduct research, and provide diagnostic clinical services to individuals in the surrounding region.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/1/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

An on-site applicant interview will be scheduled for applications evaluated as competitive. Dates TBA.  Applicants are accepted from those who receive an on-site interview.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates to the program must have a fully completed application (no outstanding prerequisite coursework). Early decision candidates to the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.4.

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
2.84
3.65
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.84
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
With hundreds of applicants each year, a GPA less than 3.0 will not be competitive for admission to this program. Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0342
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
08/10/2013
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
57%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
60%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Analytical writing % score
 
57%

Observation Hours

 
We strongly recommend that applicants seek volunteer or paid experience in a variety of physical therapy settings. It is helpful to assure that the profession is a good fit for the applicant and also creates a frame of reference for professional preparation.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
32
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
At least 129 hours
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2013
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Required
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 must complete a Graduate School application through Apply Yourself (an on-line application system); pay the application fee; and have official GRE scores sent directly to the Western Carolina University's PT program (code #0342)
Supplemental Requirements
Accepted applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-10-01
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

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • 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

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
Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification.
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 and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
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: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
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: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Statistics
At least one lecture should include descriptive statistics and tests of hypotheses. Qualitative research methodology is recommended but not required. Satisfactory courses in statistics include those taught by departments of psychology, math, education, computer science, and sociology. Statistics courses in departments such as business and health professions services are also acceptable, if they include the content described above.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics