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As you decide which physical therapy program to attend, we know you have lots of questions: “What’s their program really like?” “What can I do to better my chance for acceptance?” “Why should I choose this program over another?” and many more.

We have several helpful links in our Prospective Students area as well as links to information about the application process and frequently asked questions (FAQs) And some of our current DPT students are happy to talk to you as well. We’ve included some background information on them and their e-mail addresses below.

 

Meet some of our current DPT students – we hope you contact them with your questions!


Chelsea Ngo

DPT, Class of 2017

Why did you choose your WesternU program? In my opinion, it was the best Physical Therapy program in the Southern California region, which is saying a lot considering there are a number of competitive schools in this area. The reason for my decision was a combination between the years of clinical expertise of the faculty, consistency of relationships with clinical sites for internships, and the opportunity to develop my foundation as a new professional in this richly diverse community.

 

Jaleesa Follens-Jones

DPT, Class of 2017

Who at WesternU has made you feel supported and how? I feel supported by the faculty and staff in the DPTE. I am surrounded by faculty members that go above and beyond for their students. Many faculty members will stay after hours to answer questions and assist with practical examination preparation, answer late night emails, hold extra study sessions, among other things. I also feel very supported by the Dean of the College of Allied Health, Dr. Bowlin, in that she has established the feeling of family and community within the College since the beginning of my time at WesternU. She has addressed matters that were of concern to students quickly and personally, which I greatly appreciate.

 


Kayla Sakamoto

DPT, Class of 2017

How has your involvement in co-curricular activities (e.g. clubs or student government association) impacted you and/or the community you serve? I am currently involved in PTAC (Physical Therapy Advocacy Club). This club is the only PT specific club on campus. It has helped me to learn to be a leader and improve my communication skills. It also provides a lot of volunteer opportunities that are PT related. As a member of this club I have been able to serve the community through free health screenings, sports clearances, and assisting in events like the Special Olympics. This gives me the opportunity to give back to the community and it also allows me to practice the skills I have learned in school.

 


Marcus Pedroza

DPT, Class of 2018

Who at WesternU has made you feel supported and how? All of the faculty at WesternU is truly there to support you through this difficult program. Professors will sacrifice their weekends to help you work through difficult concepts. The department staff is available at all times to answer any questions you may have and last but not least your cohort is there to support you through the entire process.

What would you tell a prospective student about WesternU? One important point for all prospective students to know is that everyone here wants you to succeed. One day you may end up practicing alongside your professors. They go above and beyond to make sure you become a successful clinician.

 


Calli Jackson

DPT, Class of 2017

Why did you choose your WesternU program? I chose the WesternU program because immediately, as soon as I set foot on campus, I felt that I was interacting with people who took in an interest in me as an individual and as a clinician. WesternU has continued to build a community in which our health professionals are compassionate, highly educated, and make it a priority to value the patient first. I have been nothing but satisfied with all of the faculty and staff, and the continuous efforts to expose students to the most up and coming research and technology in order to provide the best education possible.

 


Nduka Unaka

DPT, Class of 2017

How has your involvement in co-curricular activities (e.g. clubs or student government association) impacted you and/or the community you serve? Working as Vice President for the American Geriatric Society has been awesome. The geriatric patient population needs health care professionals on the front line to help them with a lot of health care conditions. I believe a true servant of the people goes where he or she is needed as opposed to where they prefer. Trying to inspire people to meet this void has been a calling for me.

 


Nicholas O’Neil

DPT, Class of 2018

Why did you choose your WesternU program? I chose Western University of Health Sciences and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for many reasons. First, I have a family history of attending WesternU and it’s Doctor of Osteopathic medicine program. I will be a 2nd generation graduate, first with a doctorate in Physical Therapy, and maybe a bit bias. Yet when volunteering in the clinic I always kept an eye out for alumni and often noticed they were different clinicians than the rest. The PT’s who went to WesternU were intelligent and well-rounded, exemplifying unprecedented compassion and humanism. They demonstrated the qualities and upheld the values I believe are of utmost importance. But, what solidified my decision, were my interactions with faculty, staff, and students. Whether it was at one of many Preview Days on campus, or a simple email I exchanged with Admissions. They displayed empathy and respect. They were a family here, and I wanted to be a part of it.

 

 

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