2013-14 Applicants

Washington University in St Louis


Contact Information more...

Sarah Rands
Manager, Admissions and Student Affairs
Program in Physical Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 8502
4444 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis MO, 63108
(314) 286-1402
(314) 286-1401
ptprog@wustl.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/13/2013
Additional information about the class profile
We have articulation agreements with Augustana University and Truman State University.
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
83
Anticipated size of next entering class
83
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
29%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
71%

Program Description more...

The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis – School of Medicine provides a world-class education in an environment full of energy and enthusiasm. Our students are dedicated and supportive of one another; our faculty thrive on sharing their love for the profession. Together, faculty and students continually strive, excel and put new ideas into motion, making this a dynamic and exciting place to learn.

The Program is dedicated to a three-part mission: training exceptional clinicians, expanding knowledge in the field through groundbreaking research, and offering excellent patient care. In this environment of innovation, our students learn at the forefront what is known about the science of movement and experience firsthand the continual advancements in physical therapy.

We take a student-centered approach to education, striving to provide every resource and opportunity students need to learn well. The atmosphere is warm, non-competitive and collegial. We are committed to helping every student achieve his or her professional goals.

Our Program is made up of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about the field of physical therapy. Throughout the school, our faculty and staff provide an enthusiasm for learning that will make your education challenging, interesting and fulfilling.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT): This professional, full-time clinical doctorate program prepares students for the practice of physical therapy. The curriculum is three years of combined academic and clinical work, including 38 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. The program has been accredited continuously by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1942. It is distinguished by its focus on diagnostic classification of patients' movement problems and on evidence-based practice.

The DPT curriculum combines clinical experience and classroom learning, with the goal of training outstanding clinicians. In classroom learning, faculty present material as it relates to clinical application. Students practice hands-on clinical skills on each other, on volunteer patients and during trips to off-site clinics. Students encounter increasingly difficult clinical cases as they move through the curriculum.

Patient contact is integrated throughout the curriculum. During the first year, students spend time in an area clinic participating in care with an experienced clinician. In addition, four full time clinical experiences of 8 to 12 weeks each are interspersed throughout the curriculum; for these experiences, students may choose from approximately 400 affiliated clinical sites throughout the country.

Students leave the program adept at quickly and thoroughly diagnosing a patient's movement dysfunction and implementing an effective treatment plan. An emphasis on evidence-based health care practice prepares students for life-long learning.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
2/3/2014
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

All applications that are completed (including GRE scores) by October 1, 2013 will be reviewed in our first series of Admission Committee meetings. Only applications reviewed by the Admissions Committee by February 1, 2014 are eligible for assistanships, merit and essay driven scholarships.


Join us at our DPT Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2013. For more information, please see our website at http://pt.wustl.edu/.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the cumulative science, math and science, and core prerequisites.

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
 
3.64
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.61
Cumulative Science
3.00
3.56
Cumulative Science and Math
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the following cumulative scores: combined science, combined science and math, and core PT prerequisites.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7734
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
02/01/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
07/01/2008
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
157
Verbal reasoning % score
 
63%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
160
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
64%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
52%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Please send to Washington University in St. Louis. A photocopy of your GRE scores you received from the testing facility may be used at time of application. If admitted, an original must be sent prior to matriculation to Washington University in St. Louis.

Observation Hours

 
Neither paid or volunteer PT hours are required, but are acknowledged.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are considered
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Original or photocopy of original GRE scores must be received prior to review of application. If admitted, an original GRE score must be received prior to matriculation to Washington University in St. Louis.
Supplemental Requirements
GRE Scores
Deadline for supplemental materials
2014-02-03
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
One reference must be from a college-level instructor with whom the applicant took a course. It is preferred that this person is the primary professor, although in some circumstances a teaching assistant is acceptable. For the other two letters of reference, best choices include a second professor, a healthcare practitioner, an employer or a supervisor.

We do not accept references from applicant's healthcare provider (e.g. their personal physician or physical therapist). We do accept references from a health care provider with whom an applicant has volunteered or worked.

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
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
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 transcrips must be sent through a credentialing agency.

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
Recommended courses include: Abnormal Psychology English Composition, Medical Terminology, and Trignometry or Calculus.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
A two-course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology 6 semester hour prerequisite.
Course Level
Introductory
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: Human
Biology / Biological Science
A total of 6 semester hours of Biology - courses for science majors (contents to include cell structure and function, function of macro molecules). Labs are not considered for required semester hours.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
A total of 8 semester hours of Chemistry sequence with labs is required. This may be met by a sequence of Introductory or General Chemistry I and II with labs, sequence of Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry with labs or sequence of Biochemistry courses with labs.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
A total of 8 semester hours of Physics sequence with labs is required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A total of 8 semester hours of Physics sequence with labs is required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
A two-course sequence of anatomy/physiology may meet the anatomy and physiology 6 semester hour prerequisite.
Course Level
Introductory
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: Human
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology is recommended but not required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics