Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) has extended the
application deadline for the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program to
July 15 to better accommodate students.
Donna Redman-Bentley, PhD, PT, chair of the department of physical therapy
education, said the extension was made to assist students who applied to
“”We wanted to take into account those students who were not notified of
acceptance to other programs until after our earlier deadline,”” Dr. Redman-
Bentley said. “”That gives those students an opportunity to start our
program in January rather than wait an entire year to be accepted
Under new guidelines, the 10-year limit on prerequisite coursework has
been withdrawn. Also, the Office of Admissions will consider holding
students who have already been awarded a master’s degree or attained a
grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in at least 15 postgraduate
units exempt from the undergraduate GPA requirement of 2.5. Lastly,
students are now permitted to be enrolled in up to three prerequisite
classes at the time of application.
Additional entrance requirements are a bachelor’s degree from an
accredited college or university, plus coursework in human anatomy, human
physiology, general chemistry, physics, psychology, statistics and English
composition. Official transcripts, 100 hours of work experience in a
physical therapy setting, and Graduate Record Examination test results
also are required.
The MPT program at WesternU began in 1992. It is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the
American Physical Therapy Association. The program is two years plus 16
weeks in length, and made up of classroom and laboratory experience as
well as hands-on work in a variety of clinical settings. There is room for
54 new students to join the program each year.
The WesternU Office of Admissions expects to select January’s MPT students
by the end of September. Classes begin January. 3. For more information,
contact the Office of Admissions at (909) 623-6116.