Question 1: How many applications do you receive, interviews do you grant, and applicants do you accept in an average year?
You will be applying to join our inaugural class so we currently do not have statistics for the WesternU Oregon DPT program. We plan to seat a class of 60 students. For the class entering Fall 2020 in California, we received just over 950 applications, conducted approximately 300 interviews, and seated a class of 54 students. Interviews are required and we strongly encourage you to attend an on-campus Preview Day event or Information Session.
Question 2: Do you have an early decision process?
No, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not use a traditional early decision model. However, students that submit their full application by the priority deadline of October 1, 2020, will be considered for an interview during the first interview time frame.
Question 3: How many hours of clinical experience are required prior to application?
None. In light of required social distancing and stay at home mandates, we will not require clinical experience hours to apply to the WesternU Oregon DPT program. However, a strong understanding of the physical therapy profession will be beneficial for applicants.
Question 4: Do you give preference to Oregon residents?
No, although we plan to give preference to students who are from rural areas (population less than 50,000).
Question 5: 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. Visit the international student website for more information.
Question 6: Can I transfer into your DPT program from another DPT program?
No. We do not accept transfers at this time.
Question 7: Does it matter that I’m older than your average applicant?
No. We encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of age.
Question 8: How do I submit recommendation letters for my application?
Letters of recommendations are a part of the application. Three are required: one (1) from a physical therapist, one (1) from a college professor/instructor for a course you have taken, and one (1) from either another physical therapist or a college professor/instructor. When completing the online application, applicants will provide the names and contact information for a minimum of three recommenders. The designated individuals will receive an email with instructions on how to complete and submit the recommendation form. The forms must be received on or before the deadline.
Question 9: May I turn in more than the required number of recommendation letters?
Yes. However, it is advisable to limit the number to one extra since a total of three well-chosen recommendations will usually paint a clear picture of the candidate, and additional recommendations will only add to the committee members’ reading time. The maximum allotted is five.
Question 10: How does the committee decide which applicants will be offered seats?
After the committee has interviewed all eligible candidates, they will be assigned a status: admit, alternate, or non-accept. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status by March of the matriculation year. There is no need to call, as applicants will be notified immediately if there is a change in their status.
Question 11: When are acceptance letters and final notifications mailed?
Most final decision letters will be mailed and emailed by the end of March.
Question 12: Will I be required to complete a background check?
Yes. Complete confidence in the honor and integrity of the health professions student and healthcare professional is essential, and students must exhibit honesty and integrity in all aspects of their life. Any prior criminal record of an applicant will be evaluated by the University as part of its determination that the applicant meets the Standards of Professional Conduct. In addition, a prior criminal record may negatively impact a student’s ability to participate in the University’s curriculum. To meet State regulations and hospital accreditation requirements, clinical facilities are requiring students to complete criminal background checks prior to beginning clinical education experiences. Some clinical facilities require a urine drug test as well. Because of this newer regulation to assure patient safety, students admitted to the Professional DPT program will be required to complete a criminal background check upon acceptance into the program. Certain convictions may prevent students from entering clinical facilities, which may hinder a student’s ability to successfully complete the DPT Professional program. If a criminal conviction or other relevant sanction is shown on the background check, clinical sites may choose not to allow a student to utilize their facilities. If applicable, we encourage you to check with the appropriate State licensing board(s) to determine whether your background may be a barrier to future licensing.
Question 13: Does the DPT program require any additional background checks or drug screening tests?
Yes, you may be required to complete an additional background check. Urine drug screens may also be required if needed for clinical education experiences or any sentinel acts. Procedures and costs for obtaining background investigations and urine drug screenings will be disseminated by the Physical Therapy Clinical Education Staff.