Wheeling Jesuit University

Physical Therapy Home
Academic Home

Pinning Ceremonies:
Dec. 11, 2016

About Us
  Mission Statement
  Faculty & Staff
  Facts About WJU DPT
  Stone Center Virtual
  Service Learning
  Problem Based
  What is Physical
  Commission on
Accreditation in
Physical Therapy
Education (CAPTE)

Prospective Students
  Clinical Education
  Tuition & Fees

Current Students
  Physical Therapy Club
  Student Bios
    Class of 2017
    Class of 2018
  Student Handbook
  Pre-Entrance Health Forms
  Annual Physical

  Alumni News
  Related Links

Email: dpt@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-7201

Admission Requirements

Image of a printer icon that allows you to click and print the page.
Admission Process

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and have completed all required courses with a C or better in order to receive an interview for the professional program. Competition will be based on requisite and cumulative grade point averages, GRE scores, interview, and references.

The DPT program begins in May with a six-week online term consisting of four courses. Classes will be begin on campus in late August or early September of each year. Applications will be reviewed on their individual merit. The soft deadline is December 1 and early application submission is encouraged. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for an interview in January. Early application submission is encouraged. Applicants will be notified in writing of full acceptance into the program, placement on a waiting list, or rejection within a month of their interview date.

In addition, candidates must earn at least an overall 3.0 GPA in the courses listed below. At the time of application, applicants must be able to report grades from a minimum of 25 credits from these courses.

Course (click to see WJU catalog description)
Course #
in WJU catalog

Credits (min #)

Biological Sciences
General Biology I with Lab BIO 109 BIO 121
Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab BIO 128 BIO 127
Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIO 129
Physical Sciences
General Chemistry I with Lab CHE 110 CHE 121
General Chemistry II with Lab CHE 120 CHE 122
General Physics I with Lab PHY 110 PHY 121
General Physics II with Lab PHY 120 PHY 122
General Psychology PSY 110
Developmental Psychology PSY 212
Psychology or Social Science Elective

*This requirement may be fulfilled by any discipline specific statistics course.

  1. Interview Process: The interview is a required, scored admissions activity used to evaluate the verbal/nonverbal communication, the understanding of the profession of physical therapy, and group interaction skills of the student. These are important abilities in the Problem-Based Learning professional program. A writing sample is done during the interview process, which is used to evaluate writing ability. References are another method used to determine a student's preparation for the graduate physical therapy program. 
  2. Direct observation of physical therapists working in a variety of settings is recommended.  A minimum of 80 documented hours is required for application.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE - WJU PT Department Code is 7819) scores will be considered in the admission process.
  4. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL paper-based score of at least 600, TOEFL computer-based score of at least 250, or a TOEFL web-based score of at least 100.
Application Procedure

The Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the entry-level doctor of physical therapy program will apply online using the PTCAS application. 

To learn more about the PTCAS application process or to submit your application, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact PTCAS.

You will be asked by PTCAS to submit the following information:
  1. Essay
  2. Resume
  3. Graduate school test scores
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Please follow instructions on PTCAS regarding required references.
  5. Verification letter(s) attesting to completion of 80 observation/volunteer hours in a clinic or hospital.

Job Opportunities | Calendar | President's Welcome | Virtual Campus Tour | Services | Financial Aid | Campus Directory | Title IX | Apply Online

© 2017 Wheeling Jesuit University, Inc. • 316 Washington Avenue • Wheeling • West Virginia • 26003 • 304-243-2000 • Legal
Website Powered by ActiveCampus™ Software by Datatel