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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the DPT program at WVU?

All applicants to the DPT program at WVU must apply through the PTCAS system.

What is PTCAS?

PTCAS is the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. This service streamlines the admissions process for students, and allows students to apply to multiple programs using a single application. More information can be found on the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org).

How does the application process work?

You must go to the PTCAS website (www.ptcas.org), create a user account, review the application instructions and checklists carefully, and complete the online application. After your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the school(s) you've designated.

Once WVU receives your application, the admissions committee will review your application to make sure you meet all of the admissions requirements. Those students who meet the requirements will be contacted via email and will be invited to submit a supplemental application. Those who submit this brief supplemental application will be considered for a seat in the class.

What is the Supplemental Application? How and when do I submit it?

The Supplemental Application is a brief, WVU-specific application form and $50 fee that is submitted in addition to your PTCAS Application. Once our admissions committee determines that you meet our minimum admissions requirements, you will receive an invitation by email with instructions to access and submit the supplemental application. Please DO NOT submit a supplemental application fee or form until you are instructed to do so.

After I submit my application to PTCAS, how long will it take to find out if I am accepted?

After you submit your PTCAS application, PTCAS staff works to verify your coursework and other application details. This means we don't receive your application for 3-5 weeks after you submit it to PTCAS.

Once we receive your application, our staff reviews it to make sure you meet our minimum admissions criteria. If you do not meet our minimum admissions criteria, you will notified by mail or email. If you meet our minimum admissions criteria, you receive an email with an invitation and instructions to submit a supplemental application to WVU.

The admissions committee will meet in early January to consider applicants who meet the December 1 PTCAS deadline and submit a supplemental application.

What are the costs to apply?

PTCAS charges application fees based on the number of schools to which you apply. Please refer to the PTCAS website (http://www.ptcas.org/Fees.html) for more information on these fees. 

In addition, WVU charges a $50 application fee. You pay this fee at the time you submit your supplemental application form to WVU (see "How does the application process work?" above).

What is the tuition deposit, and is it refundable?

After receiving an offer of admission, accepted applicants will receive a tuition deposit invoice from the university. Deposit amounts are $400 for WV residents and $800 for non-residents. Deposits are due within 2 weeks and are non-refundable. The deposit will be applied to the student's Summer 2016 tuition.

I go to a college or university other than WVU. How can I find out if the classes I am taking will count for the prerequisites?

First review our list of prerequisite courses. We have also posted a list of courses we will accept from other colleges and universities in WV and surrounding areas. If your school is not listed, compare the course descriptions listed with those of the courses you are taking. If you have questions, please contact the Professional Programs Office of Student Services (304-293-1690).

What is the minimum required GRE score?

We don't require a specific minimum GRE score. Your scores from each section of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, analytic/writing) will be considered along with your overall GPA, prerequisite science GPA, recommendation letters, and other admissions materials. To be competitive, we recommend at least 1000 combined verbal/quantitative and at least 4.0 on the analytic/writing.

When should I take the GRE?

You should plan to take the GRE at least 6 weeks prior to the application deadline date. 

How do I report my GRE scores?

When requesting ETS to report your GRE scores to us, you should use Institution Code 7639. Please note that this Institution Code is different from the code used for other programs at WVU. Using this code will result in your official scores being sent to PTCAS, who will verify your scores and send them on to us.

It is very important that you use the correct codes. If you do not use the correct codes, consideration of your application may be delayed.  

If I take the GRE and don't do as well as I'd like, should I retake it?

This is a decision you'll need to make, considering your other qualifications and the costs of the GRE exam. If you do retake the examination, we use the scores from the best overall attempt.

I've heard it's difficult to get in to your program. What are my chances of being admitted?

Last year, we had approximately two qualified applications for each available seat in the class. A qualified applicant is someone who has successfully met all the listed admissions requirements and submitted his/her materials before the posted deadline.

I am not a WV resident. How will that impact my chances of being accepted?

Preference for admission is given to WV residents. If two students are ranked similarly by the admissions committee, and one of the two students is a non-resident, the resident will be given preference over the non-resident.

My overall GPA is below a 3.0. Can I still apply?

We require a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, as well as a prerequisite course GPA of 3.0. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be invited to submit a supplemental application.

I have not yet completed all the prerequisites. Can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you will meet all admissions requirements by May of the year of entry. Your overall and prerequisite GPAs will be calculated without grades from the classes you have not yet taken.

I am a high school student who is considering WVU. How do I find out more about the WVU DPT program?

Contact us at 304-293-1690. We can send you an electronic brochure on CD-ROM. When doing campus visits, we recommend meeting with representatives from your potential undergraduate major.

How do I submit verification of PT observation hours?

Verification of PT observation hours is an application requirement for out DPT program. All hours verifications are to be submitted via PTCAS. Please review the PTCAS application and application instructions at www.ptcas.org

Updated July 22, 2013