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                                                                          Application Requirements                                                                                                                    Admission Cycle beginning July 2019 for Acceptance in 2020                                          

Admission is competitive with over 300 applications for 30 available positions in the program.  On average, 60% of students admitted to the program are in-state.

Complete applications received by the application due dates (see below) will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine which applicants will be invited to our  admissions event.  Following the completion of the event, the top applicants will be offered entry into the program.  Due to the competitiveness for entry into the program and the  limited spaces available, applicants that meet the minimum requirements are not ensured admission into the program.

Who are Physical Therapists

What is the Role of a Physical Therapist?

  • What will help me get into the PT program at WKU?
  • The following are the average incoming scores for the class of 2020:
    • Cumulative GPA 3.63
    • Prerequisite GPA 3.58
    • Verbal GRE 150
    • Quantitative GRE 151
    • Analytical GRE 4

Admissions to WKU DPT

The following are requirements (unless otherwise noted) for admission into the WKU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program: 

  • We do not give special consideration to any particular undergraduate degree or major.

Step 1: Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree:  Prospective candidates are required to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
    • You may apply prior to receiving your degree.
  • Prerequisite Courses:
    • Prospective candidates are required to complete all prerequisite courses prior to matriculation.
    • No grade lower than a C (i.e. C-, D, F) is acceptable in any prerequisite course.
    • AP and dual credit may fill these requirements, including pass/fail courses.
    • There is not an expiration date on prerequisites.
    • Required prerequisite courses:  6 of the 8 science courses must be completed by end of Fall semester of application cycle that you are applying.
    • We recommend that science prerequisites be appropriate for science majors and could make the applicant more competitive (Beginning in the admission cycle 2020-2021 this may be a requirement).
      • Recommended for 2019-2020:  Anatomy (1 semester with lab) and Physiology  (1 semester with lab) OR Anatomy & Physiology I and II (2 semesters with labs)
      • Current requirements are:  Human Anatomy (1 semester with lab) or Human Anatomy & Physiology I (1 semester with lab)
      • Biology  (2 semesters with labs) 
      • General Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)
      • General Physics (2 semesters with labs)
      • Psychology (1 semester)
      • Statistics (1 semester)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA):  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, for both cumulative and prerequisite courses is required.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): GRE scores must be received by PTCAS by October 15, 2019 in order to be verified.
    • There is no minimum GRE score requirement.
    • A composite score of 300 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections will be more competitive.
    • A score of 4 out of 6 on the analytical writing section is recommended.
    • We will take the highest score from each section, if you retake. 
    • Official GRE score report must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • Observation Hours:
      • Hours are not required, but are considered.
      • A specific number of physical therapy-related observation hours is not required.  However, any experience working, volunteering, or observing physical therapyist will give exposure for greater understanding regarding physical therapist practice. If you have observation hours, these must be reported and verified via PTCAS.

Step 2: Deadlines

 July 3, 2019 (Tenative Application date): Application cycle begins for everyone.

  • Early Decision
    • PTCAS Early Decision Deadline for applicants is August 15, 2019: Application and fees due by 11:59 PM eastern.
    • WKU Graduate Application for Early Decision is due August 15, 2019: Application and fees due by 11:59 PM Central
    • In order to be considered for early decision (and begin the WKU DPT program the Summer of 2020), ALL required transcripts, applications and fees must be received by the dealine of August 15, 2019.  
    • Requirements to be considered for early decision:
      • Overall undergraduate GPA 3.6 or higher
      • Prerequisite GPA 3.6 or higher
      • GRE-V 150 or higher
      • GRE-Q 150 or higher
  • Standard Decision Due Dates
    • PTCAS application due October 15, 2019: Application and fee due by 11:59 PM Central. 
    • WKU Graduate Application due November 1, 2019: Application and fee due by 11:59 PM Central
    • In order to be eligible to begin the WKU DPT program the Summer of 2020, ALL required applications & fees must be received by the above due dates.

Step 3: Application Materials

  • You are required to apply to BOTH the WKU DPT program (via PTCAS) and to the WKU Graduate School (see link below) 
  • NOTE: materials (including transcripts) must be sent to both locations, there is no communication between PTCAS and the WKU Graduate School
  • WKU DPT Program Application (via PTCAS):
    • Requirements:  
      • Application & fee
      • Send official transcripts from all college, university, and professional coursework to Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
      • Send official GRE scores to PTCAS (code 0557)
      • Send two (2) letters of recommendation to PTCAS
        • The first letter of recommendation is required from a licensed Physical Therapist
        • The second letter of recommendation is required to be from a current or previous professor, an advisor, or a current or previous employer/supervisor
  • WKU Graduate School Application:
    • Requirements:
      • Application & fee
      • Send official transcripts from all college, university, and professional coursework to WKU Graduate School, even if you do not have a grade for the course (i.e. course in progress) Do NOT send to the Department as that may delay your application.  Send Directly to the Graduate School (Code 0557)
      • Send official GRE scores to WKU Graduate School (code 0557) Do NOT send transcripts to the Physical Therapy Department, send to Graduate School
      • The Graduate School
        Western Kentucky University
        Wetherby Administration Building, Room 207
        1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
        Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010
        Ph: 270-745-2446   Fax: 270-745-6950

Step 4: Admissions Event

  • February 2020  Date to be Determined 
  • Mandatory attendance to be considered for admission to the WKU DPT program.  The admission committee will consider hardships attending this event on a case-by-case basis. 


Technical Standards

Students are required to enter the Program with a minimum level of ability in specific areas termed “Technical standards.”  Students are required to meet the minimum technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation as part of the Core Performance Standards as stated in the DPT Program Student Manual and Program Policies and Procedures.  Your application to the WKU DPT program signifies you have reviewed and understand the Technical Standards provided on the WKU DPT program website.  In addition, upon admission you will be required to sign documentation that you understand the implications and content in each section, as well as signify whether you will or will not require reasonable accommodations.  You can review the technical standards here.


Have questions or interested in a tour, please contact our DPT Office Associate, Audra Coil.

Phone # 270-745-3234

Email: audra.coil@wku.edu

Please note, we do not review transcripts.




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