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Pre-Physical Therapy Students

Students interested in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University will need information about prerequisites and application policies.DPT, pt, application to PT program, supplemental application

Doctor of Physical Therapy Eligibility Requirements:

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Applications for admissions to the DPT Program are closed for the cohort entering the program in the Fall of 2013.   In  July 2013 the applications will be available online through PTCAS for Fall of 2014.   The supplemental application will be available on line through the graduate studies office.

Admission to the Physical Therapy program is based not only on academic achievement, but also on non-academic factors which ensure that candidates can complete the essential functions of the academic program required for graduation.

1. Qualify and apply for acceptance into the Eastern Washington University Graduate School. Visit the Graduate Studies supplemental application   and the Graduate Studies website.                                           

2. Complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution by July 1, of the year you enter the program.

3. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by Dec. 1 of the year you apply.                         

4. Complete the courses listed below, designated for the "science major." Please note that courses designated for nursing students, allied health professions students are NOT acceptable in lieu of the science prerequisites for science majors listed below unless specifically designated below.

Please note that some of these courses may require prerequisites prior to admission into the course.  Coursework should be current. If your prerequisites are more than 10 years old, you may have to retake the course to satisfy our prerequisites.

Biology (Zoology) WITH LABS to include:

  • 1 quarter (1 semester) of human anatomy
  • 1 quarter (1 semester) of human physiology


             2 quarters (2 semesters)  of combined human anatomy and physiology

Biology (Zoology)

  • 1 quarter (1 semester) upper division course in (300 level or above) human or animal physiology. This requirement may be satisfied by a course in exercise physiology, offered through an exercise science department.
  • 1 quarter (1 semester) advanced course (300 level or above) of your choosing (at least 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits) in biology, zoology or exercise science.
    Recommended courses include  embryology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology, pathology, kinesiology or biomechanics. (NOTE THAT CLASSES IN BOTANY, FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY WILL NOT SATISFY THIS REQUIREMENT.)
Chemistry WITH LABS to include:
  • 3 quarters (2 semesters) of general chemistry for science majors, not for allied health please see above underlined note under number 4.
Physics WITH LABS to include:
  • 3 quarters (2 semesters) of physics
Behavioral Science: (NOTE CHANGE effective 7/1/09)
  • Any two courses in behavioral science including psychology, sociology and anthropology.
  • 1 quarter (1 semester) of Statistics any statistics course from any discipline is accepted

If you are unsure whether a specific course you have taken will fulfill one of these prerequisites, please contact: Debra Dickerson, operations manager, phone: 509.828.1354, email: NOTE: Lower division (100 and 200 level) prerequisite courses taken at community colleges are accepted for all prerequisites listed, with the exception of the two biology prerequisites specifically designated "300 level or above".
Important information to remember when applying to our program:

  • Attain a MINIMUM overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last two years of study (90 graded quarter credits) AND a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses at the time of application.
  • Complete a MINIMUM of 75 hours of work/observation/volunteer experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, by the date of application. Participation in at least TWO different TYPES of practice settings (e.g. acute care institutions, rehabilitation centers, pediatric centers, residential facilities, nursing homes, schools, orthopedic outpatient clinics) is required, with a MINIMUM of 30 hours in at least one of these settings. Experience in a variety of settings often enhances the applicant's understanding of the physical therapy profession.
  • Three letters of recommendation;
    • 2 physical therapists
    • current or former employer                 

The recommendations will be entered online through PTCAS

Thank you again for your interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University.

As a student who is considering a career in a health services field, you should familiarize yourself with the licensing and other legal requirements that may be required for you to obtain an internship during the program or licensure following successful completion of your degree.  Washington State (RCW 43.43.830 et.seq ) businesses and organizations are required to conduct criminal background checks of prospective employees or volunteers who may have unsupervised access to children under sixteen years of age or developmentally disabled persons or vulnerable adults during the course of their employment or involvement with the business or organization.  A disqualifying conviction will prevent employment or a clinical internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can my undergraduate transcripts be evaluated for prerequisites before I apply?

We do not evaluate course work or transcripts for admission eligibility prior to application. You may direct questions to Debra Dickerson,

Q. Do I have to apply to the graduate school as well as the Physical Therapy Program?

You must apply to the Graduate Studies Office and to the Physical Therapy Program. Applications are available through PTCAS after July 15, and from the Graduate Studies Office. 

Q. Do you have a preference for in-state vs. out-of-state applicants?

There is no preference given to acceptance of in-state vs. out-of-state applicants. Students currently or previously enrolled at Eastern do not receive any preferential treatment as applicants to the Physical Therapy Program.

Q. Is community college credit accepted in prerequisite courses?

 Lower division (100 and 200 level) prerequisite courses taken at community colleges are accepted for all prerequisites listed, with the exception of the two biology prerequisites specifically designated "300 level or above." These must be completed at a four-year institution.

Q. How are my grades calculated if I retake a course?

 Students applying for admission to the DPT program will undergo the following treatment of prerequisite courses that have been retaken: When a course is repeated (an identical course), the grades of each of the two courses will be averaged for a grade for that particular prerequisite. The averaged grade will then be used to calculate the overall prerequisite GPA.

Q. Are classes other than Biology and Zoology accepted as prerequisites?

Certain courses taken in departments other than biology or zoology may fulfill specific biology prerequisites They are typically offered through exercise science programs.

Q. Can classes be taken on a part-time basis for a DPT?

 The DPT Program cannot be attended on a part-time basis. It is a full-time, sequentially structured program. Students enter the program in September. The program spans 11 consecutive quarters.

Q. Where are clinical education internships located?

Institutions for the clinical experiences are varied and include, but are not limited to, facilities in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, Hawaii and Nebraska.

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