The following requirements must be met to apply to the WVU Physical Therapy Program:
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree:
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree, or plan on completing a baccalaureate degree by May of the year of entering the program. Students may apply with an undergraduate degree in any major. A common undergraduate major for students interested in physical therapy is Exercise Physiology. At WVU, Exercise Physiology majors will be able to obtain all of the required prerequisite courses during their course of study. Another common baccalaureate major is biology. However, these majors are only recommendations. Students can apply with any degree background, as long as all prerequisite courses are completed.
- Completion of prerequisite courses
College course work will only be accepted from accredited institutions in the United States, and must include the listed prerequisite courses. Applicants may be enrolled in prerequisite courses at the time of application. However, all prerequisite courses and the undergraduate major must be successfully completed by the end of the Spring semester (typically mid-May) of the year of entering the program.
The applicant must earn a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course.
- Overall cumulative GPA:
An overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. The cumulative GPA includes all previous college coursework at all institutions the student has attended.
- Prerequisite science GPA:
A GPA in the prerequisite courses of 3.0 is required.
- Graduate Record Examination scores:
Submit your official GRE scores to code #7639 for the [West Virginia U Sch Med Phys Therapy]. Using this code will ensure your GRE scores are included in your PTCAS application to our program.
Please do NOT send your GRE scores to the main [West Virginia U] code. If you do not use the correct reporting code, your application may not be considered.
- Volunteer/Work experience in physical therapy:
A minimum of 60 hours of volunteer or work experience is required. This experience must be under the direction of licensed physical therapist, and experience from two different practice settings is recommended. Practice settings include acute care/hospital, outpatient, adult rehabilitation hospital/center, nursing home, school system/pediatrics, and home health. Though these hours may be obtained during high school and college, some volunteer hours obtained during the junior or senior college years is strongly recommended. Volunteer/work experience must be completed within the US.
Verification of this experience must be submitted as part of the application process. Please follow the instructions in the PTCAS application for submitting verification of PT observation hours.
Hours devoted to internships in undergraduate majors in other fields (such as exercise physiology or athletic training) may NOT be used as part of the 60 hours of volunteer experience.
- Three Letters of recommendation
We require two references from US-licensed physical therapists with whom the student has worked in a clinical setting, either on a volunteer or work basis.
The third reference must be from a professor/instructor who taught the student in at least one course, or an academic advisor who is familiar with the applicant’s academic background and performance.
We do NOT accept letters from physical therapist assistants or other healthcare providers.
We do NOT accept letters from relatives of the applicant, even if the relative is a physical therapist or professor.