DPT Frequently Asked Questions
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Western Kentucky University (WKU) is an entry-level Doctoral program. This means that students must have a baccalaureate Degree and have completed all of the prerequisites prior to admission. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a DPT Degree and will be eligible to take the national licensure exam for physical therapists.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Western Kentucky University is accredited 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: http://www.capteonline.org .
You may complete the prerequisite requirements at any accredited community college or university.
The professional program is 3 years in length. This includes didactic coursework and clinical education requirements.
Yes, WKU is a State School; therefore preference is given to residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. However, this does not imply that Kentucky residents receive automatic acceptance. Admission to Physical Therapy Programs is competitive and all completed applications are reviewed. Consequently, several out-of-state students may receive admission into the Program. Kentucky residency of graduate students is in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Regents and the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A full statement of the regulations is available in the Graduate Catalog.
First, examine the courses you have previously taken to determine which ones could be credited towards completing our science prerequisites. If you are unsure which courses to choose, please contact this office for assistance (270 745-4070). Second, complete the necessary coursework to earn a baccalaureate degree in the field of your choice. Third, if you have not had volunteer, observation, or work experience in a physical therapy department, it is strongly recommended that you make plans to do so.
No. Observation hours are encouraged, but not required.
The WKU DPT program no longer requires an interview. The admissions committee will evaluate your application and the top candidates will be invited to our admissions event. Even if you are not invited, you will be offered a spot on the wait list.
Due to the time intensive nature of the Program, outside employment is discouraged.