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Please explore the questions and answers below to learn what many of our prospective students inquire about. If you still have questions, please contact us.

  • Admissions

    Question 1: How many applications do you receive, interviews do you grant, and applicants do you accept in an average year?
    For the class entering Fall 2023, we received just under 300 applications, conducted approximately 96 interviews, and seated a class of 41 students. Interviews are required and we strongly encourage you to attend an on-campus Preview Day event or Information Session.

    Question 2: Do you have an early decision process?
    No, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not use a traditional early decision model.

    Question 3: How many hours of clinical experience are required prior to application?
    We do not require clinical experience hours to apply to the DPT-Oregon program. However, a strong understanding of the physical therapy profession will be beneficial for applicants.

    Question 4: Do you give preference to Oregon residents?
    No, although we plan to give preference to students who are from rural areas (population less than 50,000).

    Question 5: Do you accept international students?
    We cannot accept international students to the Lebanon campus. However, we can accept international students to the Pomona campus.

    Question 6: Can I transfer into your DPT program from another DPT program?
    No. We do not accept transfers at this time.

    Question 7: Does it matter that I’m older than your average applicant?
    No. We encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of age.

    Question 8: How do I submit recommendation letters for my application?
    Letters of recommendations are part of the PTCAS application process. Three are required: one (1) professional reference (e.g. a physical therapist or employer), one (1) academic reference (e.g. a college instructor), and one (1) professional or academic reference. When completing the PTCAS application, applicants will provide the names and contact information for a minimum of three recommenders. The designated individuals will receive an email with instructions on how to complete and submit the recommendation form. The forms must be received on or before the application deadline. For additional questions, please schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.

    Question 9: May I turn in more than the required number of recommendation letters?
    Yes. However, it is advisable to limit the number to one extra since a total of three well-chosen recommendations will usually paint a clear picture of the candidate, and additional recommendations will only add to the committee members’ reading time. The maximum allotted is five.

    Question 10: How does the committee decide which applicants will be offered seats?
    After the committee has interviewed all eligible candidates, they will be assigned a status: admit, alternate, or non-accept. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status by March of the matriculation year. There is no need to call, as applicants will be notified immediately if there is a change in their status.

    Question 11: When are acceptance letters and final notifications mailed?
    Most final decision letters will be mailed and emailed by the end of March.

    Question 12: I am a re-applicant. How can I improve my application or my chances of being admitted?
    Take a critical review of the information that you submitted and see if there are any obvious voids. For example, maybe you had one or two low grades that lowered your overall and/or prerequisite GPA. You would be surprised at how much you can learn about the strengths and areas of opportunity of your application simply by looking at it from an admissions perspective. If you had a low grade, especially in a prerequisite course, you should consider retaking that class, since we will recalculate your GPA with the new higher grade when we receive the new transcript. It is also important to realize that sometimes there is not one obvious thing that you can change to be admitted. Every case is different and every year the applicant pool is different. Above all else, it is important to realize that we receive applications from many highly qualified applicants each year and are only able to offer acceptances to 60 individuals. If this is the path to which you are committed, then keep trying!

    Question 13: Will I be required to complete a background check?
    Yes. Complete confidence in the honor and integrity of the health professions student and healthcare professional is essential, and students must exhibit honesty and integrity in all aspects of their life. Any prior criminal record of an applicant will be evaluated by the University as part of its determination that the applicant meets the Standards of Professional Conduct. In addition, a prior criminal record may negatively impact a student’s ability to participate in the University’s curriculum. To meet State regulations and hospital accreditation requirements, clinical facilities are requiring students to complete criminal background checks prior to beginning clinical education experiences. Some clinical facilities require a urine drug test as well. Because of this newer regulation to assure patient safety, students admitted to the Professional DPT program will be required to complete a criminal background check upon acceptance into the program. Certain convictions may prevent students from entering clinical facilities, which may hinder a student’s ability to successfully complete the DPT Professional program. If a criminal conviction or other relevant sanction is shown on the background check, clinical sites may choose not to allow a student to utilize their facilities. If applicable, we encourage you to check with the appropriate State licensing board(s) to determine whether your background may be a barrier to future licensing.

    Question 14: Does the DPT program require any additional background checks or drug screening tests?
    Yes, you may be required to complete an additional background check. Urine drug screens may also be required if needed for clinical education experiences or any sentinel acts. Procedures and costs for obtaining background investigations and urine drug screenings will be disseminated by the Physical Therapy Clinical Education Staff.

  • Prerequisites

    Question 1: Can I have prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application? How many?
    Yes; however, no more than one science and one non-science prerequisite may be in progress during the last term (spring) prior to matriculation. Summer courses prior to matriculation are not accepted. Coursework completed after the deadline will not be accepted and could result in our rescinding any offer of acceptance to the program. View requirements for details.

    Question 2: Can I substitute any courses for your prerequisites?
    No. Other courses may not be substituted for the required prerequisites.

    Question 3: How are repeated courses calculated into the GPA?
    When calculating your GPAs, the admissions staff will refer to your official transcripts. First attempt on repeated courses and the grades received will be excluded from calculation of both the overall and prerequisite GPAs. Applicants are allotted five science course repeats (includes prerequisites and non-prerequisites). Repeating a course more than once counts toward the five allotted.

    Question 4: Do you accept advanced placement (A/P) credit?
    Only one prerequisite course may be taken on an advanced placement. For those prerequisites requiring a sequence (i.e. Chemistry or Physics), only one course in the sequence may be taken on an advanced placement. While it will satisfy the prerequisite, it will not affect your GPA.

    Question 5: Do you accept pass/no pass credit?
    For courses being taken as pass/no pass during the pandemic (2020, 2021, 2022, and Sprig 2023) will be accepted. Pass grades will be counted as a B in the grade point average (GPA) calculations.

    Question 6: Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply?
    Yes. This is a doctoral degree program and thus requires a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. The degree must be conferred by the end of the Spring term prior to matriculation.

    Question 7: Do you require any standardized tests prior to application?
    We do not require any standardized tests.

    Question 8: Do you require a minimum GPA to apply?
    Applicants are required to have and maintain through matriculation into the program, a minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher. View requirements for details.

    Question 9: May I use a single course to satisfy more than one prerequisite?
    No, you may not use a single course to satisfy multiple prerequisites. Each prerequisite must be satisfied by a unique course.

    Question 10: Can I talk to a counselor about my coursework?
    If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy CHS-NW Professional DPT program prerequisites you can:

    1. Search the prerequisite database by institution.
    2. If your courses aren’t listed in the database and you have numerous courses in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheet (available on the requirements page March-August).

    By laying out your coursework in relation to our prerequisites, you will be able to determine the courses you may still need to complete. In addition, you will be able to assess your academic performance in the courses (prerequisites) our admissions committee believes are of greatest importance. If the course does not appear in our Prerequisite Database, you must submit a course syllabus for review.

    Once you receive our assessment, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

  • Online Application

    Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
    You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.

    Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
    You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the “Upload Materials” section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.

    Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
    You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click “Start New Application” at the bottom of the page.

    Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
    For official transcripts please mail to:
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Attn: Admissions Operations/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
    309 E Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766

    For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.

    Question 5: How do I withdraw my application?
    You may withdraw your application by visiting the application status page. Scroll to the bottom of your application and select withdraw my application.

    Question 6: How do I delete an application I accidentally started?
    Applicants cannot delete their own application once started. Please contact your admissions counselor to have it deleted.

    Question 7: I have applied to more than one program. How do I check my application status for multiple applications?
    You can check your application status by visiting the application status page. Select the application you wish to view from the drop down menu located on the right hand side.

  • Other

    Question 1: What is the board passing rate for your physical therapy students?
    Our inaugural class will be taking the licensure exam in 2024. Therefore, we do not have any stats on the board passing rate for the DPT-Oregon program.

    Question 2: Is tuition the same for in-state and out-of-state residents?
    Yes. We are a private institution so the tuition rate is the same for all DPT students. Learn more about tuition and how to finance your education.

    Question 3: Is there an opportunity to do research while attending WesternU Oregon?
    The Capstone Research Project provides an opportunity for collaborative, interprofessional research that can be empirical, clinical or community service focused. The research process also allows students to enhance their own academic development in a unique set of skills of interest and develop a unique collegial bond among the research team as they complete their Capstone Research Project, including student presentations at peer reviewed state and national conferences.

    Question 4: Is it advisable to work while I take classes?
    No. This is a full-time commitment and we discourage you from working, even part-time.

    Question 5: How can I learn more about the financial aid available to me?
    For more information regarding tuition, financial aid and scholarships, please visit the tuition and scholarships page.

    Question 6: Is the DPT program at CHS-NW accredited?
    Information on accreditation for the DPT program at CHS-NW can be found here.

    Question 7: Is there health insurance available to me while attending WesternU Oregon?
    Yes. All WesternU students are required to have comprehensive health insurance coverage. For more information regarding student health requirements and WesternU’s Plan Coverage information, please see the Student Health Insurance | Registrar ( webpage.