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Pre-Physical Therapy Information

Pre-Physical Therapy Advising   

Students with an interest in pursuing Physical Therapy careers should meet with their advisor, as soon as possible, to begin focusing their undergraduate coursework on appropriate prerequisites that will prepare them for competitive application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Western Kentucky University.


The A-B-C's of Physical Therapy provides basic information for those looking into entering the field of Physical Therapy. 


The following are recommended links including current advisors for Pre-Physical Therapy Program paths:


Allied Health  (Options to consider include:  General Wellness Studies; Gerontology; Health Services; and Health Related  A.S. to Health Related B.S. Completion) 


Gary English, PhD, CHES
Gary English, PhD, CHES
Public Health Department Head; and Coordinator Allied Health Program
Academic Complex 131
(270) 745-2678




Steve Huskey, Ph.D.            
Associate Professor
TCNW 205-G


Exercise Science   


Dr. Scott Lyons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Program Coordinator
Smith Stadium East 1056
(270) 745-6035    



Dr. Mark Schafer, Ph.D., CSCS
Associate Professor
Smith Stadium East 1059
(270) 745-5857     


In addition to academic success throughout the completion of an undergraduate degree program, each applicant to the WKU-DPT Program is further assessed on the following items: physical therapy and health care experience; service, education, and extracurricular activities; honors and awards; and a personal statement describing their professional goals and reasons for seeking graduate education in physical therapy at WKU.

Students are strongly encouraged to develop a personal portfolio/resume to effectively track their physical therapy and health related experiences, service, education, and extracurricular accomplishments. Also, future applicants should cultivate a professional relationship with 2-4 individuals (at least one licensed physical therapist) who will provide letters of recommendation to accompany the PTCAS Application. It is a good idea to meet with these individuals on a periodic basis throughout your undergraduate degree program and allow them to mentor your development while providing them the necessary foundation for generating a thorough Letter of Recommendation which addresses the following standards:

  • Commitment to Learning
  • Use of Constructive Feedback
  • Stress Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Ethical & Professional Behavior
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Effective Use of Time
  • Critical Thinking









Early completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended to allow you time to retake the test to improve your scores if you desire.  (You can take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period/365 days.  If you take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered.  In your My GRE Account, computer-delivered General Test scores will become available and sent to score recipients 10-15 days after your test date.  Paper-delivered General Test scores will become available and sent to score recipients about 6 weeks after your test date). 


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 Last Modified 2/4/16