Preparing For Your Interview

Congratulations on making it to the next step in the admissions process! By now you should have received an electronic confirmation of your interview day and time – should you have any questions or need to change your appointment, please contact Karen Hutton-Lopez via email and they will be happy to assist you.

Please carefully review the information below to get a sense of what to expect on the day, tips on how to prepare, directions and parking information as well as some additional resources. We look forward to getting to know you better at the interview!

Your WesternU Support Team

About The Interview Day

To help ease the stress of the interview, we would like to give you a brief overview of what to expect for the day and specifically share with you the structure and composition of the interview team. While on campus you will hear from faculty and administration about the curriculum, admissions process, financial aid, and student services. You will also have an opportunity to chat with current students and take a tour of the campus.

The Interview

The interview format is such that candidates complete a timed writing sample and participate in two, 15-minute interviews. The interview will serve as an opportunity for you to demonstrate qualities that could not be fully assessed by your application alone. The interview does not permit the candidate to share why he or she wishes to become a physical therapist. This was provided in the candidate’s PTCAS essay. Instead, the interviewers wish to determine your compatibility with our program. To learn more about what the program seeks in an ideal DPT student please visit the Competitive Candidate profile.

The Interview Team

You can expect to be interviewed by two teams of two, comprised of faculty, and/or administration. As stated above, the interview will serve as an opportunity for you to demonstrate qualities that could not be fully assessed by your application alone. The intent of the interviewers will be to determine your compatibility with our program. To learn more about our faculty please visit the college’s faculty and staff page.

Interview Day Agenda

The agenda will depend on whether you are scheduled for a morning or afternoon session. Because of the length of time you are required to be on campus, we recommend that candidates eat something prior to their arrival on campus. Snacks, water, and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Candidates may not select which session and will be assigned in the order in which their interview date preference was received.

Morning Session

Interviewee Check-in8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Welcome & Curriculum Overview8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Interviews, Admissions/Writing Sample, Student Panel, Tour9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Financial Aid Presentation (optional)11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Interviewee Check-in12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Welcome & Curriculum Overview12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Interviews, Admissions/Writing Sample, Student Panel, Tour1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Financial Aid Presentation (optional)3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Check-In

Please report to the lobby of the Health Sciences Center (HSC), see map below. We encourage you to arrive to campus 15 minutes before your scheduled check-in time so that you have ample time to park and walk to the Health Sciences Center.

Identity Verification Policy

Proper identification of individuals allows WesternU to provide a safe and secure campus environment. In addition, the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, requires that University confirm that a person enrolling in the University is the person who is completing the enrollment form, and that the student taking an examination is the student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course.

It is the policy of Western University of Health Sciences that applicants to the University are required to provide a government issued ID when checking in for an Admissions interview. Applicants who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification may reschedule their interview if space is available. For more information on acceptable forms of identification and the University’s Identity Verification policy, please visit: https://www.westernu.edu/registrar/id-verification/.

Preparing For Your Interview Day

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your time with us:

  • Make sure your best business professional attire is ready to wear
  • Review the prospective student website, particularly the competitive class stats page
  • Have a few questions ready for the interviewers in case they ask
  • Print directions and plan to arrive early
  • Bring a pen and notepad in case you need to take notes
  • Get a good nights’ sleep so your body and mind are refreshed
Airports & Hotels

When scheduling flights, we recommend flying in and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT), which is approximately 10 miles east of our campus. Additional options include Santa Ana/John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is approximately 30 miles south of our campus or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is approximately 40 miles west of campus. If you’re an out of town guest, you may also wish to reference some conveniently located hotels.

Parking

All guest parking on campus is public metered parking, and spaces are available in Daily Permit Lot 12 (located at First and Gibbs St.)

Instructions for Public Metered Parking: (7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday – Friday)

  1. There are payment machines located in Paid Permit Lots at First Street & Gibbs Street and Third Street & Gibbs Street. When parking you must note the space number and enter it in the machine.
  2. Enter the number of hours you expect to park there (plan for six hours).
  3. The machine will give you your cost and ask for payment. It accepts coins, bills, Visa and MasterCard
  4. You will receive a receipt but it is not necessary to put it in your vehicle.

Campus Student Parking Map