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                                                                          Application Requirements                                                                                                                    Admission Cycle beginning July 2020 for Acceptance in 2021   

COVID-19 Acceptance of Spring-Summer 2020 Pass/Fail courses


In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and growing movement of University’s allowing or changing Spring-Summer grading to a Pass/Fail format, the WKU DPT Program Admissions Committee is making the following clarification statements regarding grades for prerequisite science courses:

  • In order to be considered for the standard admission cycle, standard letter grades must be present on the transcript for at least 5 of the required 8 science courses 
  •  Pass/Fail (during the Spring-Summer semesters/terms ONLY), AP Pass credit, or dual credit Pass credit for the remaining 3 prerequisite science courses will be accepted


Please contact the WKU DPT Department directly should you have a unique situation that is not specifically addressed above.


Admission is competitive with over 300 applications for 30 available positions in the program.  On average, 60% of students admitted to the program are in-state.

Complete applications received by the application due dates (see below) will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine which applicants will be invited to our  admissions event.  Following the completion of the event, the top applicants will be offered entry into the program.  Due to the competitiveness for entry into the program and the  limited spaces available, applicants that meet the minimum requirements are not ensured admission into the program.

Who are Physical Therapists

What is the Role of a Physical Therapist?

  • What will help me get into the PT program at WKU?
  • The following are the average incoming scores for the class admitted in 2017:
    • Cumulative GPA 3.63
    • Prerequisite GPA 3.58
    • Verbal GRE 150
    • Quantitative GRE 151
    • Analytical GRE 4

Admissions to WKU DPT

The following are requirements (unless otherwise noted) for admission into the WKU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program: 

Step 1: Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree:  Prospective candidates are required to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
    • You may apply prior to receiving your degree.
    • We do not give special consideration to any particular undergraduate degree or major.
  • Prerequisite Courses:
    • Prospective candidates are required to complete all prerequisite courses prior to matriculation.
    • No grade lower than a C (i.e. C-, D, F) is acceptable in any prerequisite course.
    • AP and dual credit may fill these requirements.
    • There is not an expiration date on prerequisites.
    • Required prerequisite courses:  6 of the 8 science courses must be completed by end of Fall semester of application cycle that you are applying.
    • We recommend that science prerequisites be appropriate for science majors and could make the applicant more competitive (Beginning in the admission cycle 2020-2021 this may be a requirement).
      • Anatomy (1 semester with lab) and Physiology  (1 semester with lab) OR Anatomy & Physiology I and II (2 semesters with labs)
      • Biology  (2 semesters with labs) 
      • General Chemistry (2 semesters with labs)
      • General Physics (2 semesters with labs)
        • All Biology, Chemisty and Physics courses MUST be appropriate for science majors (Anatomy & Physiology are the exceptions)
      • Psychology (1 semester)
      • Statistics (1 semester)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA):  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, for both cumulative and prerequisite courses is required.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): GRE scores must be received by PTCAS by October 15, 2020 in order to be verified.
    • There is no minimum GRE score requirement.
    • A composite score of 300 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections will be more competitive.
    • A score of 3.5 out of 6 on the analytical writing section is recommended.
    • We will take the highest score from each section, if you have taken the exam multiple times.
    • Official GRE score report must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • Observation Hours:
    • Hours are not required, but are considered. Total number of PT observation hours recommended is 100 hours.
    • A specific number of physical therapy-related observation hours is not required.  However, any experience working, volunteering, or observing physical therapyist will give exposure for greater understanding regarding physical therapist practice. If you have observation hours, these must be reported and verified via PTCAS.

Step 2: Deadlines

 July 2, 2020 : Application cycle begins for everyone.

  • WKU Early ACCEPTANCE Process
    • PTCAS will NO LONGER support or facilitate Early Decision processes beginning in the 2020 application cycle.
    • WKU will offer its own internal Early Acceptance process.  A LIMITED NUMBER of Early Acceptance class spaces will be available.  To be considered for WKU Early Acceptance, applicants are required to complete the following:
      • ALL regular PTCAS requirements (application, transcripts, and GRE scores) must be received by PTCAS by September 15, 2020 (Application and fees due to PTCAS by11:59 PM EST).
      • ALL regular WKU Graduate School Application requirements (application, fee, transcripts, and GRE scores) must be received electronically by the WKU Graduate School by September 15, 2020 (11:59 PM CTS) or postmarked by September 15, 2020. 
    • In order to be considered for the WKU Early Acceptance process (and begin the WKU DPT program the Summer of 2021), ALL application materials must be received by both PTCAS and WKU as indicated above.
    • Applicants must indicate their desire to be considered for the WKU Early Acceptance process on the appropriate PTCAS Custom Question as well as notify the WKU DPT Program of your desire to be considered for WKU Early Acceptance.
    • Requirements to be considered for Early Acceptance: 
      • Overall cumulative GPA 3.6 or higher
      • Prerequisite GPA 3.6 or higher
      • GRE-V 150 or higher
      • GRE-Q 150 or higher
      • 6 of the 8 prerequisite science courses MUST be completed with Verified PTCAS grades prior to submission of the PTCAS application.
  • Standard Decision Due Dates
    • PTCAS application due October 15, 2020: Application and fee due by 11:59 PM Central. 
    • WKU Graduate Application due November 2, 2020: Application and fee due by 11:59 PM Central
    • In order to be eligible to begin the WKU DPT program the Summer of 2021, ALL required applications & fees must be postmarked by the above due dates.

Step 3: Application Materials

  • You are required to apply to BOTH the WKU DPT program (via PTCAS) and to the WKU Graduate School (see link below) 
  • NOTE: materials (including transcripts) must be sent to both locations, there is no communication between PTCAS and the WKU Graduate School
  • WKU DPT Program Application (via PTCAS):
    • Requirements:  
      • Application & fee
      • Send official transcripts from all college, university, and professional coursework to Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
      • Send official GRE scores to PTCAS (code 0557)
      • Send two (2) letters of recommendation to PTCAS
        • The first letter of recommendation is required from a licensed Physical Therapist
        • The second letter of recommendation is required to be from a current or previous professor, an advisor, or a current or previous employer/supervisor
      • Academic Update through PTCAS MUST be completed after fall course grades have been posted, provided you were enrolled in courses during the fall semester.


  • WKU Graduate School Application:
    • Requirements:
      • Application & fee
      • Send official transcripts from all college, university, and professional coursework to WKU Graduate School, even if you do not have a grade for the course (i.e. course in progress) Do NOT send to the Department as that may delay your application.  Send Directly to the Graduate School (Code 0557)
      • Send official GRE scores to WKU Graduate School (code 0557) Do NOT send transcripts to the Physical Therapy Department, send to Graduate School
      • The Graduate School
        Western Kentucky University
        Wetherby Administration Building, Room 207
        1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
        Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010
        Ph: 270-745-2446   Fax: 270-745-6950

Step 4: Admissions Event

  • February 2021  Date to be Determined 
  • Mandatory attendance to be considered for admission to the WKU DPT program.  The admission committee will consider hardships attending this event on a case-by-case basis. 


Technical Standards

Students are required to enter the Program with a minimum level of ability in specific areas termed “Technical standards.”  Students are required to meet the minimum technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation as part of the Core Performance Standards as stated in the DPT Program Student Manual and Program Policies and Procedures.  Your application to the WKU DPT program signifies you have reviewed and understand the Technical Standards provided on the WKU DPT program website.  In addition, upon admission you will be required to sign documentation that you understand the implications and content in each section, as well as signify whether you will or will not require reasonable accommodations.  You can review the technical standards here.


Have questions or interested in a tour, please contact our DPT Office Associate, Audra Coil.

Phone # 270-745-3234

Email: audra.coil@wku.edu

Please note, we do not review transcripts.




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 Last Modified 4/2/20