2013-14 Applicants

Western Kentucky University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Virginia Pyzola
Office Associate
Doctor of Physical Therapy Department
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21031
Bowling Green KY, 42101-1031
(270) 745-4071
virginia.pyzola@wku.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/02/2014
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
80%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
20%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Western Kentucky University received candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in April, 2013. The entry-level Program is 3 years, (6 semesters and 3 summer sessions) consisting of 118 credit hours and 36 weeks of full time clinical education. The WKU DPT Program strives to prepare physical therapists who are generalists and who demonstrate competence, integrity, ethics, professional behaviors, and empathetic attitudes in their practices. The Mission of the WKU DPT Program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/1/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

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
2.75
3.49
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.75
3.51
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0557
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2013
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
151
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
152
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0

Observation Hours

 
Although a specific number of PT observation hours is not required, the Admissions Committee values the commitment to completing these hours and the experiences obtained when working in or observing physical therapy and medically related services. Furthermore, exposure to multiple PT practice settings is also believed to be beneficial for applicants. The breadth and depth of the understanding of physical therapy practice will likely benefit applicants during the DPT interview process.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
The completion of the WKU Office of Graduate Studies Online Application as well as the WKU DPT Technical Standards Disclosure form are required. These forms, along with their respective instructions, are provided on the WKU DPT Application Procedures website listed below.
Supplemental Requirements
WKU Office of Graduate Studies Online Application
WKU DPT Technical Standards Disclosure form
WKU Prerequisite Course Work Form
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-11-01
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
2

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • 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 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
**Twelve hours (three semesters) of laboratory and lecture-based biology (one anatomy course with laboratory or anatomy/physiology course with lab is required). You are NOT required to complete 4 semesters of Biology/Anatomy with labs.

If the anatomy and physiology courses (appropriate for science majors) at your University are 3 hours each and DO NOT have an associated laboratory component, taking BOTH of these courses is acceptable as ONE (1) of the THREE (3) required semesters of Biology/Anatomy.

The remaining two prerequisites need to be biology courses WITH LABS.
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 & Physiology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Physics I
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
One year course sequence with labs, appropriate for science majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
Six hours (or two classes) of Behavioral Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, ethics, philosophy, etc.).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics