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Admissions Requirements/Preparation  

Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2014

The admission process to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is competitive. The requirements listed below are the minimum acceptable requirements to apply to the program and are not indicative of the competitive range of students generally accepted into the professional physical therapy program.  Apply through PTCAS

  1. Qualify and apply for acceptance into Eastern Washington University Graduate Studies.  DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS OR GRE SCORES TO EWU GRADUATE STUDIES.  SEND THEM TO PTCAS ONLY.
  2. Complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution by July of the year of admission.
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by Dec. 1 of application year -- GRE CODE 3789 for PTCAS.
  4. Complete the courses listed below, designated for the "science major." Please note that courses designated for nursing students, or allied health professions students, are not acceptable in lieu of the science prerequisites for science majors listed below:

Please note: some of these courses may require prerequisites prior to admission into the course.

Biology (Zoology) with labs to include:
  • 1 quarter (1 semester) of human anatomy
  • 1 quarter (1 semester) of human physiology
  • 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 or zoology
  • Recommended courses include embryology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology, or movement studies courses such as biomechanics or kinesiology
Note: 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 college chemistry
Physics with labs to include:
  • 3 quarters (2 semesters) of physics
Psychology or Behavioral Science
  • any 2 courses in behavioral science including psychology, sociology or anthropology 1 quarter (1 semester) of StatisticsA minimum of 2.0 (C) is required to fulfill each course listed above for the course to be counted toward your prerequisite fulfillment.
Note: an overall prerequisite GPA of 3.00 is required for application.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by August 15 of the admission year.

Note: courses from other institutions with a pre-physical therapy or physical therapy title will NOT count toward meeting either prerequisite or professional degree requirements.5. Complete a baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum GPA in prerequisite courses of 3.00, at the time of application and admission.6. Complete a minimum of 75 hours of work/observation/volunteer experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. This experience must be verified by the supervising physical therapist. It is strongly recommended that you maintain contact with the physical therapists who supervised your clinical experiences so that you may call upon them to verify your experiences on PTCAS. 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.7. Have each of the following individuals complete a letter of recommendation

  • 2 physical therapists
  • 1 current or former employer

Applications for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are available form PTCAS.  PTCAS Link:  The supplemental application is through our graduate studies at:

Please don't send your transcripts until you are admitted to the program.

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.

The recommendations will be entered online through PTCAS.  If you have used all available recommendations through PTCAS, please contact Debra Dickerson and ask for an additional form.  She will email one to you for your reviewer to  use.  

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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