Degree Offered: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).
Program Description: The D.P.T. curriculum is a 33-month program (including summers) with 34 weeks of full-time clinical internships.
The programs' mission is to prepare students to become physical therapist clinician generalists who are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, to participate in delivery of primary care and interdisciplinary health care services, and to respond effectively to the special needs of rural and under served populations.
No thesis is required, but all students are expected to complete a major project before
Learning experiences include laboratory and clinical assignments, service learning projects in community agencies, and traditional basic science courses.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY
MAY RESULT IN THE DENIAL OF YOUR
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY DPT APPLICATION!
Guidelines on Applying to the Program:
1. Submit an application through the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS) that will require the following:
- Official college/university transcripts from all previous coursework
- 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
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from a physical therapist and one from a teacher qualified to evaluate academic success and potential for graduate study
- Essay written on a topic specified by the PTCAS
- Pre-requisite courses (listed per PTCAS guidelines)
- Paid or volunteer experience with a licensed physical therapist in a variety of settings (listed per PTCAS guidelines)
2. Submit an application through the WCU Graduate School online application system, “Apply Yourself”
- Complete the application form (general information)
- No additional supplemental information needs to be submitted through this application process. All of this will be included in your PTCAS application and sent to the Department of Physical Therapy at Western Carolina University.
All application material must be submitted and received by October 1st. All application materials must be submitted to PTCAS by that date. Only applications
received by that date will be considered in the initial review of applications. Applications
received after October 1 will be considered only if the class is not filled from the
initial applicant pool.
Early Decision deadline: August 15. Read more about the Early Decision process.
If you have questions about the on-line application process, you can contact:
Graduate School and Research
110 Cordelia Camp Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9022
Telephone: 828-227-7398 or 1-800-369-9854 (within the USA only)
What We Expect from Applicants:
- Read about our application review process (PDF) and our summary of applicant qualifications (PDF).
- We require an official copy of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations submitted by the Educational Testing Service.
- Average GRE scores for students accepted into the physical therapy program: 450-517 (Verbal) and 557-595 (Quantitative).
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.
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.
Number of Graduate Faculty: 8
Number of Students: Up to 32 per year
Location of Course Offerings:
- Courses are taught in Cullowhee.
- Clinical laboratory assignments are scheduled in clinical facilities located throughout western North Carolina.
- Full-time clinical internships are scheduled in clinical facilities throughout the United States.
Karen Lunnen, Ed.D.
Department of Physical Therapy
Todd Watson, D.P.T.
Admissions Committee Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
Departmental Website: Physical Therapy