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Walsh University

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Audra Dice
Director of Graduate Admissions
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, OH  44720


PTCAS application deadline10/01/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Interviews are by invitation only and will be held in the fall of 2014 and in January/February of 2015.

Fall interviews will be held on: November 14, 2014 and November 21, 2014.

January/February 2015 interview dates are for wait list and will be posted on the Walsh University DPT admissions page:

To qualify for a November interview, you must submit the following materials:

* PTCAS application

* Paid fee

* Verified transcripts from all institutions attended (indicating 8 of 11 pre-requisites completed)

* 2 verified observations

* 2 recommendations (at least one must be academic)

* GREs

In order to allow sufficient processing time to meet the firm deadline and be considered for the November interviews, you should submit the above materials at least 5 weeks prior to the firm deadline.

Open House dates for 2014 are: June 7th and August 2nd:

Participation in the Open House process is strongly recommended for individuals who wish to learn more about our program.  Additional information and on-line registration is available at


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   Do you still have pre-requisite courses to complete? If yes, please list the course(s) yet to be completed and expected completion date. Course approval may be required.
4.   Describe past or current service activities that were both meaningful to you and correspond with the mission of Walsh University.


General informationAll pre-requisite course work must be completed PRIOR to the first day of class, August 24, 2015.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Only Walsh University undergraduates participating in the accelerated program may matriculate prior to the completion of their bachelor's degree.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: General I
Biology: Microbiology
Cell biology, cellular structure and function, energy metabolism, photosynthesis, membrane structure and function, DNA, RNA and proteins. Cellular division (mitososis & meiosis) and classical genetics.

Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: General II
Biology: Microbiology
Cell biology, mechanisms of speciation and evolution, taxonomy, viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including animals, plants, fungi, algae and protozoans.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Atoms, molecules & ions, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gas behavior, thermochemistry, atomic theory & quantum mechanics and chemical bonds.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Chemical bonding, molecular geometry, solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, complex ions, thermodynamic state functions, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.  
Exercise PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoRecommended  Exercise Physiology
Exercise response and adaptations to all relevant body systems (musculoskeletal, cardivascular and pulmonary). Exercise testing and prescription for a variety of populations including aerobic , anerobic and strength training. Disease prevention. 3-4 semester hours, based on institution. Courses housed in KINESIOLOGY departments MAY NOT be acceptable and will require review for approval.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Gravitational forces, work, energy and momentum, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and sound; kinetic theory of matter, behavior of gases, calorimetry and change of state.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Electricity and magnetism, light (reflection, refraction, interference, polarization); relativity; quantum mechanics.  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-8A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Physiology
Structure and function of all relevant human body systems including: nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, hematologic, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, reproductive, integumentary and immunologic. May require 4-8 semester hours dependent on if one course is comprehensive or if two sequential courses (A&P I & A&P II) are taken to satisfy this requirement. Animal physiology is NOT acceptable.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Human development, lifespan issues focusing on growth and development including personality, language, cognition and intelligence. An alternative is abnormal psychology or cognitive neuropsychology. Sociology is NOT acceptable. 1 of 2 psychology courses.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: General
Perception, learning, research methods, mental disorders, psychotherapy, history and systems of psychology. Sociology is not acceptable. 2 of 2 psychology courses.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Theory of probability and statistics including, frequency distribution, binomial distributions, normal distributions, means, variances, standard deviations, sampling, confidence limits and testing of hypotheses with a parametric and nonparametric analyses.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code3790
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle1/31/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/1/2013
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  151  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  151  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsIf a candidate takes the GRE on more than one test date, the best score from the quantitative and verbal sections will be combined for the total GRE score.


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1   X 
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major X  
Professor   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X
Additional information about program's reference requirementsTwo recommendations are required from academic sources (professor in upper level science course preferred.)

Academic references consist of primary course instructors who were NOT teaching assistants.

Athletic coaches cannot serve as an academic reference, unless the coach was also a classroom course instructor.

One recommendation is required from a professional source (physical therapist or health care professional preferred, supervisor/employer accepted.)

Note: PTCAS allows for only 4 electronic recommendations. Please contact us for paper forms if necessary to complete the specific number of academic and professional recommendations we require.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED30
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementWalsh University’s physical therapy program wants to ensure that each applicant has a broad appreciation for all the aspects of patient care that physical therapists can provide. For this reason, we require the applicant to observe physical therapy patient care under the supervision of a physical therapist in 3 distinctly different settings. Outpatient and inpatient must be observed.

Examples of inpatient settings and outpatient settings are found on the PTCAS observation hours form. You may not duplicate any setting or patient experiences.

We require a total of 30 observation hours for all 3 patient care settings with a minimum of 10 hours in any given setting.

The applicant may observe in two different patient care settings within the same medical complex, e.g., inpatient acute care and outpatient. In such an instance, the applicant must submit an observation form for each setting indicating two different physical therapists.

Applicants employed in a physical therapy setting involving direct patient care, (i.e., aide or technician), must observe in two other patient care settings in a different facility or facilities.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.57 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.54 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsCourses submitted for pre-requisites will be reviewed to ensure consistency with our standards. Should a course be declined, the applicant will be notified of the need to complete additional coursework. Alternatively, if another course found in the transcript review will better satisfy a prerequisite, then that course will be substituted. As such, the pre-requisite GPA shown on PTCAS may be different from the actual prerequisite GPA calculated by Walsh University for ranking applicants.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositApplicants who are accepted into the program are required to provide a non-refundable deposit to hold their position. Deposit will go towards.the first semester tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/24/2015
Size of most recent entering class32
Anticipated size of next entering class32
Additional information about the class profileOur program adheres to the Walsh University policy of non-discrimination and equal preference is given to both in-state and out-of-state applicants. Students attending Walsh University for their pre-physical therapy undergraduate education have the advantage of being involved in program activities.

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The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to providing an educational program that both challenges and enhances a student's ability to learn through a student-centered, values-based teaching environment that focuses on clinical-decision making, evidence-based practice, and service to the wider community.

The Walsh University Physical Therapy curriculum, an intensive three-year (8-semester) program, including summers, leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. A variety of active learning strategies are implemented to enhance student learning and critical thinking. Coursework builds upon a foundation of basic sciences and problem-solving skills integrated through a series of practice-based courses centered on major body systems. Productive scholarship and licensure preparation are also keystone components to the program. Upon successful completion of the academic and clinical components of the curriculum, graduates are qualified for the licensure examination required in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam.

Message from the Program Chair

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Walsh University. Your interest signifies your quest for quality and opportunity. The faculty and physical therapy team are confident that you will find these at Walsh University, a truly extraordinary place. We define our extraordinary nature as the "Walsh Difference".

What is the "Walsh Difference"? It is a distinction that is both intangible and tangible. The intangible elements are those that bind us to the mission of Walsh University. We are a proud Catholic Institution in which the faculty, students and staff all walk, talk and live the spirit that was created over 50 years ago by the founders of the University, the Brothers of Christian Instruction. This overarching focus on character and service are elements that the Doctor of Physical Therapy program excels in today.

The tangible elements include small class sizes, stellar teaching, exceptional clinical partnerships, strong relationships with faculty members, state of the art facilities, and measurable scholarly successes by both the students and the faculty, well beyond the national average.

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Last Updated: 04/07/2014