Question 1: Do the recommendation letters have to be turned in with the application packet?
We prefer that the letters of recommendation be submitted as soon as possible following the submission of the online application. Recommendation letters should be sent (in a sealed envelope) directly from those who write them, and they may be sent before or after the application is submitted.
Question 2: May I turn in more than the required number of recommendation letters?
Yes. However, it is advisable to limit the number to one or two extra since a total of three to four well-chosen recommendations will usually paint a clear picture of the candidate, and additional recommendations will only add to the committee members' reading time.
Question 3: Do you give preference to California residents?
No. Although a significant portion of our student body is from California, this is merely a reflection of our overall applicant pool.
Question 4: Do you accept international students?
Yes. International students and any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of application. Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance.
Question 1: What are the degree and licensing requirements for the DPT-Advanced program?
You must have graduated from a Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited physical therapy program and be licensed to practice in the United States. Foreign-trained therapists must be licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of California. Please review our requirements page for more information.
Question 2: How many hours of clinical work experience are required prior to application?
Applicants must have a minimum of 2,000 hours clinical experience in any setting.
Question 3 Can I talk to a counselor if I have questions about the admission process or requirements?
Yes. We encourage you to connect with your admissions counselor should you have questions regarding requirements or the admissions process.
Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.
Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the "Upload Materials" section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.
Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page.
Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official documents (transcripts, etc.) please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.
Question 5: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted. No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.
Question 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.
Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Fee waivers are applied after application submission and before application payment. To qualify for an application fee waiver, you must contact Admissions for instructions and approval. Please include your legal name, email address, and program you applied for.
Question 8: Will I receive notification that my application was received?
Yes, once your application is processed we will send an email confirming it was received. Please be sure to check your "Junk Mail" folder for this email and allow emails from the domain 'westernu.edu' to avoid any delay of its delivery. For more information on adding WesternU to your email whitelist, please review these Email Whitelist Instructions. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, email address and program you applied for.
Question 1: I've been out of school for quite a while, should I be concerned?
Not at all. We are able to adjust the curriculum to meet your specific academic needs whether you are returning with a bachelor's or master's degree under your belt. You also have the option of taking a course before applying to the program to "get your feet wet" and be sure you are ready to enroll. Should you enter the program at a later stage, that course can count toward your doctoral credit hours. Contact Carrie Rogers for more information or to register. Please see question 3 regarding enrollment priorities.
Question 2: Must I be accepted to the program before I start taking courses?
No. You may take one course as a "non-degree" student before formally applying to the program. Should you enter the program at a later stage, that course can count toward your doctoral credit hours. You may begin a second course prior to application, but you must complete the application process and be enrolled as a student by the time you complete the second course in order for the earned credits to be applied toward your degree requirements. Please see question 3 regarding enrollment priorities.
Question 3: Who is given enrollment priority in a given course?
Students who need a specific course in order to graduate that year are given first priority to enroll. Students who have completed the admissions process and been accepted (but are not close to graduation) are given second priority, and individuals who have not yet applied and want to take a course to get a feel for the program before applying are given third priority.
Question 4: How long does the average student take to complete the degree?
If a student takes one course per trimester (3 courses per year), they can complete the program in approximately 2 ½ years.
Question 5: How much is tuition and when do I pay for each course?
Please visit the financing my education page for the latest on tuition, scholarships and loans. You pay for the course at the time of registration which is 2-6 weeks prior to the start of the course. You may pay by check or credit card.
Question 6: How can I learn more about the financial aid available to me?
For more information regarding tuition, scholarships, and loans, please visit the financing my education page.
Question 7: Is the Post–Professional DPT program accredited?
No, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (Post–Professional) program in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions is not accredited nor subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.