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Western Carolina University

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2013-14

Linda Donaldson
University Program Specialist
Western Carolina University
Department of Physical Therapy
4121 Little Savannah Rd
Room 232
Cullowhee, NC  28723
828 227-2290
828 227-7070
donaldson@email.wcu.edu
http://www.wcu.edu/5951.asp

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/1/2013
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

An on-site applicant interview will be scheduled for applications evaluated as competitive. Dates TBA.  Applicants are accepted from those who receive an on-site interview.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesEarly decision candidates to the program must have a fully completed application (no outstanding prerequisite coursework). Early decision candidates to the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.4.

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsApplicants must complete a Graduate School application through Apply Yourself (an on-line application system); pay the application fee; and have official GRE scores sent directly to the Western Carolina University's PT program (code #0342)
Supplemental requirement 1Accepted applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500
Deadline for supplemental materials10/1/2013
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttps://app.applyyourself.com/?id=wcu-grad

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

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?

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationPrerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.wcu.edu/6009.asp
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human*
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable.

Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
 
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
 
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human*
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable.

Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
At least one lecture should include descriptive statistics and tests of hypotheses. Qualitative research methodology is recommended but not required. Satisfactory courses in statistics include those taught by departments of psychology, math, education, computer science, and sociology. Statistics courses in departments such as business and health professions services are also acceptable, if they include the content described above.
 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0342
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle8/10/2013
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score  57%  
Quantitative reasoning % score  60%  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.5  
Analytical writing % score  57%  
 

REFERENCES

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-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
ProfessorX   
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

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED32
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDEDAt least 129 hours
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/1/2013
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceRequired
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementWe strongly recommend that applicants seek volunteer or paid experience in a variety of physical therapy settings. It is helpful to assure that the profession is a good fit for the applicant and also creates a frame of reference for professional preparation.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 2.84 3.65 
Program-specific Prerequisite 2.84 3.70 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsWith hundreds of applicants each year, a GPA less than 3.0 will not be competitive for admission to this program. Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment. Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
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

PROGRAM INFORMATION

PT program start date for entering class8/18/2014
Size of most recent entering class32
Anticipated size of next entering class32
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted81%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted19%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Carolina-University-Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy/268106074085?ref=hl
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttp://www.facebook.com/WesternCarolinaUniversity?ref=ts

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Below are just a few reasons why we believe WCU will be a great choice for you:

Facilities:
The program resides in a spacious 160,000 square foot state of the art new Health Sciences Building with custom-designed laboratory spaces and new equipment for physical therapy. The architects have created an environmentally friendly building design that blends with the surrounding natural beauty and maximizes opportunities for engaged learning. An interdisciplinary clinic and teleconferencing capabilities on the first floor of the building will allow countless opportunities for hands-on learning.

Beautiful Location:
Few places in the world are more beautiful than the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, WCU offers the ideal blend of rural beauty with state-of-the-art facilities and countless recreation and fitness opportunities.

Comparatively Low Tuition and Fees:
At WCU, you’ll find a tremendous academic value: a competitive academic program that’s on par with public and private universities across the country.

Quality of Instruction:
Teaching is the primary mission of the university and our department. All classes are taught by highly qualified faculty who are committed to providing you with the best education possible.

Small Class Sizes:
We admit only 32 students a year and we maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.

Hands-on Experience:
Faculty commitment to active learning, spacious state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and strong collaborative relationships within the larger community allow lots of hands-on learning experiences.

Pass rates on National Licensing Examination:
Our students consistently achieve pass rates above state and national averages. Our 2008-10 three year ultimate pass rate is 100%.

Service Learning:
Students are involved in service learning as part of the regular curriculum and they also have the option of completing either a research or service-learning project for their final project.

Clinical Education:
Our students have the opportunity to participate in four full-time clinical education experiences (total 34 weeks) at sites across the nation in addition to a variety of clinical laboratory experiences.

Human Movement Science Laboratory:
Our state-of-the-art lab, provided by a grant of approximately $300,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, allows the program to supplement the education of students, conduct research, and provide diagnostic clinical services to individuals in the surrounding region.
Last Updated: 04/23/2013