Program Profile

Walsh 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.


Mona McAuliffe
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, OH  44720


PTCAS application deadline10/02/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Interviews are by invitation only and will be held in the fall of 2017 and in January of 2018.
Fall interviews will be held on: November 10, 2017 and November 17, 2017.
The January/February interview date for wait list is TBA; additonal information will be available at
To qualify for a November interview, you must submit the following materials:
* PTCAS application
* Paid fee
* Verified transcripts from all institutions attended (indicating 9 of 12 pre-requisites completed.)  If one advanced course has been approved to fulfill both of the Anatomy and Physiology requirements, 8 of 11 pre-requisites must be completed to qualify for interview.
* 2 verified observations
* 3 recommendations
* 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 2017 are: June 3rd and August 12th:
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 a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirementsThe Walsh University DPT program requires submission of 3 recommendations, with at least one academic and at least one professional recommendation. Applicants who have already filled the 4 available slots in their PTCAS application may download a paper form if needed to complete the requirements of this program. Paper forms are to be returned from the reference directly to Mona McAuliffe in Graduate admissions.

The Walsh University DPT program does not accept submission of checklists as verification of an observation. Observations must be verified through the electronic PTCAS process, through download and completion of the PTCAS paper form, or through download and completion of the supplemental Walsh University paper observation form.
Supplemental requirement 1Paper Recommendation Form
Supplemental requirement 2Paper Observation Form
Deadline for supplemental materials1/31/2018
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


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 informationAll pre-requisite course work for the DPT program must be completed PRIOR to August 1, 2018.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Varies
Only Walsh University undergraduates participating in the EARLY ASSURANCE 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
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-8A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
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.  
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4-8A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
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.  
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.  
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 cycle1/31/2018
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/3/2012
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  152  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  152  
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 requirementsThree references total are required.

1. At least one academic reference is required and must be professor in major or professor in upper level science course.

2. At least one professional reference is required (physical therapist or health care professional preferred, supervisor/employer accepted.)

3. 3rd reference may be professional, academic, or an athletic coach. Teaching assistants are NOT accepted.

No personal references will be accepted and will delay the review process.

Note: PTCAS allows for only 4 electronic recommendations. Please use the paper form found in our supplemental materials if necessary to complete the specific number of academic and professional recommendations we require.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
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 2 settings. At least one outpatient and one inpatient setting must be observed. Checklists with times/hours WILL NOT be accepted as a substitute for a verified electronic signature or uploaded signed verification form. Please see supplemental materials to download a Walsh University DPT observation form if needed.

Examples of inpatient settings and outpatient settings are found on the PTCAS observation hours form.

We require a total of 30 observation hours with at least 10 hours at any one 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 one other patient care setting in a different facility.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.51 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.37 
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 WES 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 class8/27/2018
Institution's religious affiliationRoman Catholic
Size of most recent entering class34
Anticipated size of next entering class34
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted80%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted17%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted3%
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 Walsh University Physical Therapy program 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 Director

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.

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

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Last Updated: 06/27/2017