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. Applications that meet the requirements will be forwarded for review by our DPT Admissions Committee.
Does you interview applicants for admission?
For the 2017-2018 admissions cycle, the DPT Admissions Committee will invite well-qualified applicants for an interview. These invitations will be sent to the primary email address listed in the applicant’s PTCAS application. Applicants who are not invited for an interview will also be notified by email.
What is the Supplemental Application? How and when do I submit it?
The Supplemental Application is a brief, WVU-specific application form. Applicants who are invited for an interview will complete the supplemental application at the time of their interview.
After I submit my application to PTCAS, how long will it take to find out if I am accepted?
Your application must be received by PTCAS and marked “complete” by PTCAS on or before the December 1 deadline. All transcripts, letters of recommendation, volunteer/observation hour verifications, and GRE scores must also be received by PTCAS by this deadline.
After your PTCAS application is complete, PTCAS staff verifies your coursework and other application details. This means WVU does not 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 email. If you meet our minimum admissions criteria, your application will be forwarded to the DPT Admissions Committee, who will determine which qualified applicants to invite for an interview.
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) for more information on these fees.
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 2018 tuition.
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, interview, and other admissions materials. To be competitive, we recommend at least 300 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, approximately 1 out of every 3 qualified applicants received an offer of admission. A qualified applicant is someone who has successfully met all the listed admissions requirements and submitted his/her materials to PTCAS before the posted deadline.
I am not a WV resident. How will that impact my chances of being accepted?
As West Virginia’s land-grant institution, our mission is to serve the state and the health care needs of its residents. Therefore, we give preference for admissions to WV residents and to applicants who attended WVU for their undergraduate education.
However, we encourage qualified non-residents to apply. Each year, approximately ¼ of our students are non-residents who become part of our Mountaineer family!
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.
I have not yet completed all the prerequisites for admission. 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 based on the coursework completed at the time you submit your application.
Any courses you are taking during the summer/fall of 2017, or plan to take in the winter/spring of 2018, must appear in your PTCAS application. See pages 32-36 in the PTCAS Application Instructions for details on entering coursework and adding grades for coursework completed in Summer or Fall 2017.
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