Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response, our DPT program has made exceptions to the application process and requirements.

Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

Admission to the DPT Professional program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.

Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process,and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions

Prerequisite Courses
Required: 2 courses
  • Psychology

    • At least one of these courses must be taken from the psychology department
    • Each course must be three (3) semester or four (4) quarter units
    • Abnormal and/or Developmental Psychology highly recommended

Required: 3 semester or 4 quarter units
  • Statistics
  • English Composition

    • Contact your admissions counselor if your institution doesn’t offer this course

Required: 4 semester or 6 quarter units
  • May not be introductory. Must be human. Must be taken from the anatomy, physiology, anatomy & physiology, biology, or zoology department. Must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to planned date of matriculation at WesternU.

  • Human Anatomy with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only.

  • Human Physiology with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Combined Anatomy & Physiology courses will only be considered if you take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 2 quarters)

Required: 8 semester or 12 quarter units
  • May not be introductory. Must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to planned date of matriculation at WesternU.
  • General Chemistry with lab

    • Must be specified for science majors
    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Must take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 3 quarters)

  • Physics with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Must take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 3 quarters)

All ​Prerequisites:

All ​Prerequisites:

  • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
  • No more than one science (if semester-based course; two if the course is quarter-based) and one non-science prerequisite may be in progress after the fall term prior to matriculation (e.g. Dec 31, 2020, for Fall 2021 entering class)
  • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2021 (or June 15, 2021 at the latest), for the Fall 2021 entering class)
  • One prerequisite may be taken on an advanced-placement, pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis
  • Prerequisites completed in California must be University of California (UC) &/or Cal State University (CSU) transferable
  • Online labs will not be accepted to satisfy the prerequisite – EXCEPTION: Due to COVID-19, program will accept online labs for approved courses taken in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer 2020 terms. Courses taken prior to and after 2020 must be taken in person/on campus.
  • All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (including French-Canadian institutions) must be submitted to World Education Services for a course-by-course evaluation Evaluation report with GPA calculation must be received by PTCAS by the application deadline.

Not sure if your course qualifies? If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy WesternU’s DPT prerequisites you may:

  1. Search the prerequisite database by institution
  2. If you don’t see your courses listed in the database, email your counselor with the syllabus.
  3. If your courses are not listed in the database and you have numerous in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheetNote: academic worksheets are available March – August and will be reviewed during this time only
Application Requirements
Completion of prerequisite courses as outlined
  • Minimum Overall and Prerequisite GPA of 3.00

    • GPA must meet minimum requirement at the time of application and be maintained through admission into the program

  • CASPer Assessment

    CASPer is an online, video-scenario based, situational judgement test designed to measure professional/personal characteristics, such as empathy and communication skills.

    • Sign up for the CASPer on-line test.
    • Please use the same email address you used to apply when registering for the CASPer test. This will facilitate matching your test results with your application.
    • You need only select our institution once for your test results.
    • Applicants should consider registering for the test as soon as possible to ensure that the test results are received by the application deadline. Results received after the deadline will not be accepted nor
    • There is no minimum score requirement for this test due to this being the first year the test is being required.

  • Repeated Courses – The maximum number of repeated courses allowed for the entering class is five science courses

    • We will exclude those that are repeated due to expiring
    • Please note: If a science course is repeated multiple times, it will be counted against the five allowed

  • Bachelor’s Degree

    • BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution in any field except Physical Therapy
    • Degree must be conferred by end of spring term prior to matriculation

  • Letters of Recommendation

    • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required:
      • One (1) from a supervising physical therapist
      • One (1) from a college instructor
      • One (1) from either a licensed physical therapist or college instructor
    • Your letters of recommendation are part of the PTCAS application and will be submitted to the admissions office along with your PTCAS application
    • Recommendations from a family member will not be considered

  • History of ongoing community service and involvement

    Competitive applicants should be able to demonstrate ongoing community service.

    This may include volunteering and all trends of community service and may include the following:

    • Homeless Shelters / Soup kitchens / Food Banks
    • Community Outreach
    • Veteran Programs
    • Clinical (emergency assistant, patient visitor/escort, etc.)
    • Tutoring
    • Youth Mentoring
    • Senior Citizen Home
    • Church (missionary trips/outreach)

    Although we do not have a minimum requirement, applicants tend to accumulate and continue to accumulate approximately 200 hours over the course of one to two years. Our more competitive applicants have accumulated well over 200 total hours within the same length of time, and continue ongoing community service up until the time they matriculate.

  • Access to a Computer Meeting Minimum Technical Standards

International Student Application (ISA)

We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.

Proof of Legal US Residency – If Required
  • If you are an international applicant or any other applicant who is not U.S. citizen and is living in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview
  • Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance
Health Screening/Immunizations Background Check

Should you be accepted into the Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you will be required to provide proof of the required health screenings and immunizations. Additionally, your admission into the program will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check, which is to be completed and submitted prior to orientation. The background check is required to verify that your history is consistent with the University’s Standards of Professional Conduct, and to ensure that you will be qualified to participate in the required clinical education experiences. A satisfactory criminal background check indicates no criminal history or satisfactory review of a criminal conviction without limitation; both misdemeanor and felony charges will be reviewed. If your background check is not considered “satisfactory”, you may have limited clinical site selection, may not be eligible for licensure or may have difficulty finding employment upon graduation. Supplemental or additional background checks may be required during the course of the educational program to meet the requirements of clinical education sites. For more detail on these requirements, please review the Professional DPT FAQ’s page.

Application Process

Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response, our DPT program has made exceptions to the application process and requirements.

Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

Admission to the DPT Professional program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.

Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application

The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process,and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite Courses
Required: 2 courses
  • Psychology

    • At least one of these courses must be taken from the psychology department
    • Each course must be three (3) semester or four (4) quarter units
    • Abnormal and/or Developmental Psychology highly recommended

Required: 3 semester or 4 quarter units
  • Statistics
  • English Composition

    • Contact your admissions counselor if your institution doesn’t offer this course

Required: 4 semester or 6 quarter units
  • May not be introductory. Must be human. Must be taken from the anatomy, physiology, anatomy & physiology, biology, or zoology department. Must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to planned date of matriculation at WesternU.

  • Human Anatomy with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only.

  • Human Physiology with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Combined Anatomy & Physiology courses will only be considered if you take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 2 quarters)

Required: 8 semester or 12 quarter units
  • May not be introductory. Must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to planned date of matriculation at WesternU.
  • General Chemistry with lab

    • Must be specified for science majors
    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Must take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 3 quarters)

  • Physics with lab

    • Online labs will be accepted for approved courses taken in 2020 only
    • Must take the full course sequence (e.g. 2 semesters or 3 quarters)

All ​Prerequisites:

All ​Prerequisites:

  • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
  • No more than one science (if semester-based course; two if the course is quarter-based) and one non-science prerequisite may be in progress after the fall term prior to matriculation (e.g. Dec 31, 2020, for Fall 2021 entering class)
  • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation (e.g. May/June 2021 (or June 15, 2021 at the latest), for the Fall 2021 entering class)
  • One prerequisite may be taken on an advanced-placement, pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis
  • Prerequisites completed in California must be University of California (UC) &/or Cal State University (CSU) transferable
  • Online labs will not be accepted to satisfy the prerequisite – EXCEPTION: Due to COVID-19, program will accept online labs for approved courses taken in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer 2020 terms. Courses taken prior to and after 2020 must be taken in person/on campus.
  • All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (including French-Canadian institutions) must be submitted to World Education Services for a course-by-course evaluation Evaluation report with GPA calculation must be received by PTCAS by the application deadline.
Prerequisite Database

Not sure if your course qualifies? If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy WesternU’s DPT prerequisites you may:

  1. Search the prerequisite database by institution
  2. If you don’t see your courses listed in the database, email your counselor with the syllabus.
  3. If your courses are not listed in the database and you have numerous in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheetNote: academic worksheets are available March – August and will be reviewed during this time only
Application Requirements
Application Requirements
Completion of prerequisite courses as outlined
  • Minimum Overall and Prerequisite GPA of 3.00

    • GPA must meet minimum requirement at the time of application and be maintained through admission into the program

  • CASPer Assessment

    CASPer is an online, video-scenario based, situational judgement test designed to measure professional/personal characteristics, such as empathy and communication skills.

    • Sign up for the CASPer on-line test.
    • Please use the same email address you used to apply when registering for the CASPer test. This will facilitate matching your test results with your application.
    • You need only select our institution once for your test results.
    • Applicants should consider registering for the test as soon as possible to ensure that the test results are received by the application deadline. Results received after the deadline will not be accepted nor
    • There is no minimum score requirement for this test due to this being the first year the test is being required.

  • Repeated Courses – The maximum number of repeated courses allowed for the entering class is five science courses

    • We will exclude those that are repeated due to expiring
    • Please note: If a science course is repeated multiple times, it will be counted against the five allowed

  • Bachelor’s Degree

    • BS or BA from a regionally accredited U.S. institution in any field except Physical Therapy
    • Degree must be conferred by end of spring term prior to matriculation

  • Letters of Recommendation

    • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required:
      • One (1) from a supervising physical therapist
      • One (1) from a college instructor
      • One (1) from either a licensed physical therapist or college instructor
    • Your letters of recommendation are part of the PTCAS application and will be submitted to the admissions office along with your PTCAS application
    • Recommendations from a family member will not be considered

  • History of ongoing community service and involvement

    Competitive applicants should be able to demonstrate ongoing community service.

    This may include volunteering and all trends of community service and may include the following:

    • Homeless Shelters / Soup kitchens / Food Banks
    • Community Outreach
    • Veteran Programs
    • Clinical (emergency assistant, patient visitor/escort, etc.)
    • Tutoring
    • Youth Mentoring
    • Senior Citizen Home
    • Church (missionary trips/outreach)

    Although we do not have a minimum requirement, applicants tend to accumulate and continue to accumulate approximately 200 hours over the course of one to two years. Our more competitive applicants have accumulated well over 200 total hours within the same length of time, and continue ongoing community service up until the time they matriculate.

  • Access to a Computer Meeting Minimum Technical Standards

International Student Application (ISA)

We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.

Proof of Legal US Residency – If Required
  • If you are an international applicant or any other applicant who is not U.S. citizen and is living in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview
  • Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance
Health Screening/Immunizations Background Check

Should you be accepted into the Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you will be required to provide proof of the required health screenings and immunizations. Additionally, your admission into the program will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check, which is to be completed and submitted prior to orientation. The background check is required to verify that your history is consistent with the University’s Standards of Professional Conduct, and to ensure that you will be qualified to participate in the required clinical education experiences. A satisfactory criminal background check indicates no criminal history or satisfactory review of a criminal conviction without limitation; both misdemeanor and felony charges will be reviewed. If your background check is not considered “satisfactory”, you may have limited clinical site selection, may not be eligible for licensure or may have difficulty finding employment upon graduation. Supplemental or additional background checks may be required during the course of the educational program to meet the requirements of clinical education sites. For more detail on these requirements, please review the Professional DPT FAQ’s page.