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Doctor of Physical Therapy

White Coat Ceremony 2015Class of 2018 Orientation PhotoSingapore Trip WCPT Conference WKU DPT Ramp It UpKPTA Conclave 2015 All-Academic TeamNeuro Classroom Cadaver LabLet the Classes BeginDr. Harvey Wallmann, DirectorConnie Smith

The First Annual WKU DPT White Coat Ceremony was held to recognize and honor the Inaugural Class of 2016. For more information, photos, and complete video footage, visit our White Coat Ceremony page.

Orientation Day--WKU DPT Class of 2018

For the first time in WKU DPT history, Class of 2016 students, Professor Don Hoover, and one WKU undergraduate student traveled internationally to Singapore for the WCPT Conference to present their research projects!

WKU 2nd & 3rd year DPT students complete the construction of their first wheelchair ramp for a local family in need with the "Ramp-It-Up" Project

Congrats to Alexandrea Lewis, James Harlan, & Jennifer Harrington for making the KPTA All-Academic Team!

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, the second cohort of students June 2014, and the third cohort June 2015.  Applications for the 2015 Summer cohort were accepted by PTCAS beginning early July 2014 through November 2014.

Application information for the Summer 2016 class will be available at beginning July 2015.  Please visit the Admission Requirements & Application Procedures pages for more important content.




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.




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: 

Fall 2015 Term Begins

Fall 2015 Term Ends

 August 24 , 2015

December 11, 2015

Spring 2016 Term Begins

Spring 2016 Term Ends

January 25, 2016

May 13, 2016




May 13, 2016

Summer 2016 Sessions:

     7 Week Session

     June I Session

     July II Session


May 16 - July 1

June 6 - July 8

July 11 - Aug 11


If you have questions or concerns please contact either Randa (Sawyers) Young, Office Assistant, 270-745-3234 or Virginia Pyzola, Office Coordinator, 270-745-4071.

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