Western Kentucky University

Doctor of Physical Therapy

8-22-13 Ribbon Cutting CeremonyLet the Classes BeginDr. Harvey Wallmann, DirectorCHC CEO Connie SmithDavid Dahl - DPT Program Student Representative SpeakerNeuro Classroom Cadaver Lab

August 2013 - Night View - Medical Center Health Complex

 Medical Center - WKU Health Complex


Welcome to the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Western Kentucky University. The purpose of the DPT Program, an entry level professional program, is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become skilled physical therapists. The DPT Program consists of 118 credit hours over 3 years. The mission of the WKU DPT Program is to serve the health care and preventative needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including the rural and under-served areas, by developing culturally competent, caring, and autonomous physical therapists who will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based practice, professional behavior, life-long learning, and community/professional service.


The DPT Program at WKU accepted their Inaugural DPT Class in June of 2013.  Currently we are finalizing the second cohort of students to begin classes June 9, 2014.  We are working hard to develop a high quality DPT Program at WKU.  Applications for the 2015 Summer cohort will be accepted by PTCAS beginning early July, 2014 through November 1, 2014. Application information for the Summer 2015 class will be available at portal.ptcas.org beginning July 2014.




Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective April 24, 2013, Western Kentucky University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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Office Hours



Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm CST


Summer 2014 Hours


Monday, May 19 - Friday, June 6


    Monday - Friday     7:30 AM -   3:00 PM


Monday, June 9 - Friday, August 15


Monday - Thursday    7:30 AM -   4:00 PM

                     Friday     7:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Message from the Director

Welcome to WKU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Thank You for taking the time to read about our Program.  We are working hard to develop a high quality DPT Program at WKU.  We now have Admissions, Application, and Curricular information on our website.   If you're a prospective DPT student, make sure you look through our Admissions information.  Please check back as we continue to develop our website.   

   - Dr. Harvey Wallmann, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC, CSCS


 Program Dates of Interest: 

Class of 2017 -

Summer Orientation


Summer Sessions Begin

Summer Sessions End


To Be Announced  


 June 9, 2014

August 14, 2014

Fall Term Begins

Fall Term Ends

August 25, 2014

December 12, 2014


Summer 2014

Applicant Information


 Next Waitlist #:   13


30 Students Have Accepted & Paid Deposits

However, last year's class roster was not finalized until 10 days prior to the start of classes. 


(updated April 15, 2014)

If you have questions or concerns please contact Virginia Pyzola, Office Associate for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at 270-745-4071.

 Last Modified 4/15/14