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Western Kentucky University

Doctor of Physical Therapy

8-22-13 Ribbon Cutting CeremonyLet the Classes BeginDr. Harvey Wallmann, DirectorCHC CEO Connie SmithDavid Dahl - DPT Program Student Representative SpeakerNeuro Classroom Cadaver Lab

August 2013 - Night View - Medical Center Health Complex

 Medical Center - WKU Health Complex


Welcome to the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Western Kentucky University. The purpose of the DPT Program, an entry level professional program, is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become skilled physical therapists. The DPT Program consists of 118 credit hours over 3 years. The mission of the WKU DPT Program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.


The DPT Program at WKU accepted their Inaugural DPT Class in June, 2013, and the second cohort of students June, 2014.  We are working hard to develop a high quality DPT Program at WKU as we welcome two new faculty to the Program (Fall 2014).  Applications for the 2015 Summer cohort were accepted by PTCAS beginning early July, 2014 through November 3, 2014.

Application information for the Summer 2016 class will be available at beginning July 2015.




Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Effective April 24, 2013, Western Kentucky University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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Class of 2016 students Kimberley Wilson &
Laura Smith with the new CHHS Dean
Dr. Neale Chumbler at REACH Week 2015 
REACH Week 2015-Dean Chumbler
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Matt Davis supports the WKU DPT Program at the top of Rendezvous Mountain, WY!
Matt Davis


Office Hours


Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST



Message from the Director

Welcome to WKU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Thank You for taking the time to read about our Program.  We are working hard to develop a high quality DPT Program at WKU.  We now have Admissions, Application, and Curricular information on our website.   If you're a prospective DPT student, make sure you look through our Admissions information.  Please check back as we continue to develop our website.   

   - Dr. Harvey Wallmann, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC, CSCS


 Program Dates of Interest: 

Spring 2015 Term Begins

Spring 2015 Term Ends

January 26, 2015

May 15, 2015

Summer 2015 Sessions:

     7 Week Session

     June I Session

     July II Session


May 18 - July 2

June 8 - July 10

July 13 - Aug 13

Fall 2015 Term Begins

Fall 2015 Term Ends

 August 24 , 2015

December 11, 2015


2015 Admissions Information






Summer 2016

Applicant Information


PTCAS Application Cycle:


Opening Date for Applications: 
Application Completion Date: 


*** Completion of all required PTCAS Application materials and The WKU Graduate School Online Application must be
received by the
 application deadline. 

November (TBA), 2015(midnight CST) is the extended deadline for all Supplemental Application materials

Supplemental Application Materials Include:

1.  Official Transcripts

2.  Letters of Recommendation

3.  WKU DPT Technical Standards Disclosure Form  

4.  WKU Prerequisite Course Work Form

5.  GRE Scores to both

WKU PTCAS GRE School Code: 0557

WKU Graduate School GRE Code:  1901

If you have questions or concerns please contact either Randa (Sawyers) Young, Office Assistant, for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at 270-745-3234 -; or

Virginia Pyzola, Office Coordinator, at 270-745-4071 -

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