2013-14 Applicants

Walsh University


This page is intended for college students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the direct freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS. Please follow the link for more information: http://www.walsh.edu/future-students.

Contact Information more...

Audra Dice
Director of Graduate Admissions
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton OH, 44720
(330) 490-7181
adice@walsh.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/25/2014
Additional information about the class profile
Entering students demonstrate a history of academic excellence, service and professionalism.

Equal preference is given to both in-state and out-of-state applicants. Students attending Walsh University for their pre-physical therapy undergraduate education have the advantage of being involved in program activities.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32

Program Description more...

The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to providing an educational program that both challenges and enhances a student's ability to learn through a student-centered, values-based teaching environment that on focuses clinical-decision making, evidence-based practice, and service to the wider community.

The Walsh University Physical Therapy curriculum, an intensive three-year (8-semester) program, including summers, leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. A variety of active learning strategies are implemented to enhance student learning and critical thinking. Coursework builds upon a foundation of basic sciences and problem-solving skills integrated through a series of practice-based courses centered on major body systems. Productive scholarship and licensure preparation are also keystone components to the program. Upon successful completion of the academic and clinical components of the curriculum, graduates are qualified for the licensure examination required in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.

Message from the Program Chair

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Walsh University. Your interest signifies your quest for quality and opportunity. The faculty and physical therapy team are confident that you will find these at Walsh University, a truly extraordinary place. We define our extraordinary nature as the "Walsh Difference".

What is the "Walsh Difference"? It is a distinction that is both intangible and tangible. The intangible elements are those that bind us to the mission of Walsh University. We are a proud Catholic Institution in which the faculty, students and staff all walk, talk and live the spirit that was created over 50 years ago by the founders of the University, the Brothers of Christian Instruction. This overarching focus on character and service are elements that the Doctor of Physical Therapy program excels in today.

The tangible elements include small class sizes, stellar teaching, exceptional clinical partnerships, strong relationships with faculty members, state of the art facilities, and measurable scholarly successes by both the students and the faculty, well beyond the national average.

For more details go to http://www.walsh.edu/program-news.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/1/2013
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
12/16/2013
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Interviews are by invitation only and will be held in the fall of 2013 and in January/February of 2014.

Fall interviews will be held on: November 15, 2013 and November 22, 2013.

January/February interview dates are for wait list and will be posted on the Walsh University DPT admissions page: http://www.walsh.edu/doctorate-physical-therapy-admissions.

To qualify for a November interview, you must submit the following materials:

* PTCAS application
* Paid fee
* Transcripts from all institutions attended (indicating 8 of 11 pre-requisites completed)
* 2 observations
* 2 recommendations (at least one must be academic)
* GREs

In order to allow sufficient processing time to meet the soft deadline and be considered for the November interviews, you should submit the above materials to PTCAS by September 1, 2013.  

Open House dates for 2013 are: June 1, June 29 and August 3rd.  Participation in the Open House process is strongly recommended for individuals who wish to learn more about our program.  Additional information and on-line registration is available at http://www.walsh.edu/doctorate-physical-therapy-open-house.

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
3.55
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Courses submitted for pre-requisites will be reviewed to ensure consistency with our standards. Should a course be declined, the applicant will be notified of the need to complete additional coursework. Alternatively, if another course found in the transcript review will better satisfy a prerequisite, then that course will be substituted. As such, the pre-requisite GPA shown on PTCAS may be different from the actual prerequisite GPA calculated by Walsh University for ranking applicants.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
3790
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/31/2013
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2012
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
If a candidate takes the GRE on more than one test date, the best score from the quantitative and verbal sections will be combined for the total GRE score.

Observation Hours

 
Walsh University’s physical therapy program wants to ensure that each applicant has a broad appreciation for all the aspects of patient care that physical therapists can provide. For this reason, we require the applicant to observe physical therapy patient care under the supervision of a physical therapist in 3 distinctly different settings. Outpatient and inpatient must be observed.

Examples of inpatient settings and outpatient settings are found on the PTCAS observation hours form. You may not duplicate any setting/experience, i.e. you may not check "Outpatient: Free-Standing PT or Hospital Clinic" on more than one observation form.

We require a total of 30 observation hours for all 3 patient care settings with a minimum of 10 hours in any given setting. The applicant may observe in two different patient care settings within the same medical complex, e.g., inpatient acute care and outpatient. In such an instance, the applicant must submit an observation form for each setting indicating two different physical therapists.

Applicants employed in a physical therapy setting involving direct patient care, (i.e., aide or technician), must observe in two other patient care settings in a different facility or facilities.
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
30
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
Two recommendations are required from academic sources (professor in upper level science course preferred.) One recommendation is required from a professional source (physical therapist or health care professional preferred, supervisor/employer accepted.)

Note: PTCAS allows for only 4 electronic recommendations.

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 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
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
Biology I
Cell biology, cellular structure and function, energy metabolism, photosynthesis, membrane structure and function, DNA, RNA and proteins. Cellular division (mitososis & meiosis) and classical genetics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Microbiology
Biology II
Cell biology, mechanisms of speciation and evolution, taxonomy, viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including animals, plants, fungi, algae and protozoans.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Atoms, molecules & ions, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gas behavior, thermochemistry, atomic theory & quantum mechanics and chemical bonds.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Chemical bonding, molecular geometry, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, complex ions, thermodynamic state functions, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Exercise response and adaptations to all relevant body systems (musculoskeletal, cardivascular and pulmonary). Exercise testing and prescription for a variety of populations including aerobic , anerobic and strength training. Disease prevention. 3-4 semester hours, based on institution. Courses housed in kinesiology departments may not be acceptable and will require review.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Human Physiology
Structure and function of all relevant body systems including: nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, hematologic, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, reproductive, integumentary and immunologic. May require 3-8 semester hours dependent on if one course is comprehensive or if two sequential courses (A&P I & A&P II) are taken to satisfy this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
Gravitational forces, work, energy and momentum, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and sound; kinetic theory of matter, behavior of gases, calorimetry and change of state.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Electricity and magnetism, light (reflection, refraction, interference, polarization); relativity; quantum mechanics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Perception, learning, research methods, mental disorders, psychotherapy, history and systems of psychology. Sociology is not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology (Specialized)
Human development, lifespan issues focusing on growth and development including personality, language, cognition and intelligence. An alternative is abnormal psychology or cognitive neuropsychology. Sociology is not acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
Statistics
Theory of probability and statistics including, frequency distribution, binomial distributions, normal distributions, means, variances, standard deviations, sampling, confidence limits and testing of hypotheses with a parametric and nonparametric analyses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics