Western Kentucky University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Western Kentucky University Department of Physical Therapy 1906 College Heights Blvd #21031 Bowling Green KY 42101 United States
Phone+1 270.745.3234
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  • Western Kentucky University, shared an update
    PostedThursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:53 PM
    COVID UPDATE: Many healthcare settings have placed COVID restrictions on student observation and shadowing. For this reason, the WKU DPT Program is making the following changes for the 2020-21 cycle: Reference Requirements: 2 Letters are required, but there is no longer the requirement that one must be from a PT. We encourage you to obtain a letter from PT, but will accept reference letters from other individuals that would be able to speak to your character, work ethic, and professionalism. PT Observation Hours: PT hours are not required but are considered. We continue to believe any experience working, volunteering, or observing PT’s will give exposure for greater understanding regarding PT practice; however, your lack of ability obtaining PT Observation hours will not be scored when assessing your application. If you have not been able to interact with a PT and observe PT practice, we recommend you educate yourself regarding the field of physical therapy and the APTA.
    COVID UPDATE: Many healthcare settings have placed COVID restrictions on student observation and shadowing. For this reason, the WKU DPT Program is making the following changes for the 2020-21 cycle: Reference Requirements: 2 Letters are required, but there is no longer the requirement that one must be from a PT. We encourage you to obtain a letter from PT, but will accept reference letters from other individuals that would be able to speak to your character, work ethic, and professionalism. PT Observation Hours: PT hours are not required but are considered. We continue to believe any experience working, volunteering, or observing PT’s will give exposure for greater understanding regarding PT practice; however, your lack of ability obtaining PT Observation hours will not be scored when assessing your application. If you have not been able to interact with a PT and observe PT practice, we recommend you educate yourself regarding the field of physical therapy and the APTA.
Program Description
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

The entry-level Program is 3 years, (6 semesters and 3 summer sessions) consisting of 118 credit hours and 36 weeks of full time clinical education. The WKU DPT Program strives to prepare physical therapists who are generalists and who demonstrate competence, integrity, ethics, professional behaviors, and empathetic attitudes in their practices. The Mission of the WKU DPT Program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.
General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$500
Additional Information about Deposit
The $500 non-refundable deposit is due approximately 7-10 days (date specified in offer of acceptance) after being notified of acceptance into the DPT Program.  The $500 will be applied to the first year's fall semester tuition and fees.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/15/2021
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$78574.00
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$106894.00
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
30
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
63%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
37%
Sex
% Male
57%
% Female 
43%
Race/Ethnicity
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
100%
Additional information about the class profile
We give preference to applicants that have attended / or are attending WKU. 

WKU will offer its own internal Early Acceptance process beginning in the 2020 application cycle.  A LIMITED NUMBER of Early Acceptance class spaces will be available.  Please refer to WKU Early Acceptance information on the WKU Program page, the WKU DPT wepage, or contact the WKU DPT department for additional details.  
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