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What is physical therapy?

The philosophical principle underlying the formation of this profession is respect for the dignity and worth of all humankind.

What do physical therapists do?

Physical therapists are health professionals who evaluate and treat the dysfunctions of persons who are impaired or disabled as a result of pain, disease, injury, or developmental delay.

DPT Admission
  • Application Process
  • Application Deadline
  • Application Requirements
  • What We Expect from Applicants
  • Information for International Applicants
  • Related Documents

    Application Process

    Applicants during the 2015-2016 admission cycle (with an application deadline of October 1, 2015) will be applying for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for fall 2016.  The program admits up to 32 students per year.  Applicants interested in admission for Fall 2016 will need to apply through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS).  Applicants will also need to complete Western Carolina University's Graduate School application in "Apply Yourself" (the on-line application process), pay the application fee, and send an official copy of Graduate Record Examination scores to PTCAS using GRE code 0342.  For more information about the application process, check out our Guidelines for Applying to the Program (Word).

    You can find the applications here:

  • Application for Enrollment (online)
  • Physical Therapy Central Application Service

    If you have questions about Western Carolina University's Graduate School application in "Apply Yourself" on-line application process, contact:
    Western Carolina University 
    Graduate School and Research
    110 Cordelia Camp Building
    Cullowhee, NC 28723 
    Telephone: 828-227-7398 or 1-800-369-9854 (within the USA only)

    Application Deadline

    Application deadline is October 1st.  All application materials must be submitted to PTCAS and "Apply Yourself" by that date.



Application Requirements

The majority of the application materials must be submitted through PTCAS.  So that you can plan ahead, applications must include:

  • Official college/university transcripts from all previous coursework
  • Listing of prerequisite courses (Word)
  • Three letters of recommendation completed according to PTCAS guidelines.
  • An essay written on a topic specified by the PTCAS.
  • Demonstration by the applicant that s/he has chosen a career in physical therapy with thoughtful consideration and with a realistic understanding of the scope of physical therapy practice. Volunteer or paid experience with a physical therapist in at least two different clinical settings is strongly recommended.

We require an official copy of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination submitted to Western Carolina University PT-PTCAS (Institution Code 0342) by the Educational Testing Service. Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions. 

What We Expect from Applicants

To give you an idea of what we expect from our applicants, please read about our application review process (PDF) and our summary of applicant qualifications (PDF).

  Information for International Applicants


  • Citizens of other countries, whose degrees are not from U.S. institutions, must have their transcripts and full course descriptions translated into English and evaluated by a recognized credential evaluation service such as World Education Services

  • International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and provide a statement of financial responsibility.

    Related Documents

  • Resources for Financial Assistance (Word)
  • Expenses of the Physical Therapy Program (Word)

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