Eastern Washington University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Eastern Washington University



Eastern Washington University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/14/2004
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Eastern Washington University
Box T
310 North Riverpoint Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202-0002
Phone:   (509)368-6601
Fax:   (509)368-6623
Web Address:   http://www.ewu.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   brussell@mail.ewu.edu
Byron Russell, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1987 (no longer offered) Master's degree, November 1995 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Students are admitted in the fall quarter of the first year. The program runs 11 consecutive quarters and includes 35 weeks of clinical education. Students average 30-34 hours in class each week. The program employs eight full-time faculty members. Students graduate from the program in June.
Throughout the program students have 35 weeks of clinical education. Opportunities exist to travel to further - reaching Northwest locations during these periods as well locally in Spokane. All students complete full-time clinical experiences in acute care, in rehabilitation, and in a setting selected in cooperation with the academic coordinator of clinical education.
There are eight full-time faculty members. Fifty percent of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one is certified as a clinical specialist and two are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged approximately six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:8.57.
Total enrollment at the University is approximately 9,000. Out-of-state students are accepted. Preference will be given to those students completing all prerequisites at a four-year institution. The physical therapy program accepts 34 students each year.
The admission process to the DPT program is highly competitive. The minimum requirements for application are: a cumulative grade point average GPA) of 3.0; a bachelor's degree (additional consideration will be given for undergraduate degrees in basic sciences and for completion of any graduate degree); Graduate Record Examination; a minimum of 75 hours work, observation, or volunteer experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (participation in at least two different types of practice settings is required with a minimum of 30 hours in at least one setting); and letters of recommendation forms (included in the application packet) from one basic science instructor, one physical therapist, and one employer. A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 based on the following courses is required: biology/zoology (w/labs) (including 1 quarter or semester each: human anatomy, human physiology, 1 quarter/semester upper division course (300 level or above) in Human or Animal physiology (may be satisfied by a course in Exercise Physiology offered through and Exercise Science department), 1 quarter/semester advanced course (300 level or above) of your choosing (at least 3 semester credits for 4 quarter credits) in Biology or Zoology. Recommended courses include Embryology, Microbiology, Development Biology, Cell Biology, and Pathology). 3 quarters (2 semesters) in each: chemistry and physics (w/labs); 1 quarter in each: abnormal psychology and statistics. All prerequisite course work must be completed by July 1 of the application year. Interviews are the final stage and an integral part of the application process. An essay assessment of writing skills may be required at the time of the interview.
95% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 99% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 97% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
For the 2004-05 academic year, in-state tuition averages $1,924 per quarter, out-of-state averages $5,695 per quarter. Course fees vary but average $310 per quarter. Additional expenses include textbooks, health insurance, and malpractice insurance. Information about financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office, www.fiancialaid@ewu.edu.
The main campus of the University is located in Cheney, a community 16 miles west of Spokane. Physical therapy classes are held in Spokane. The university student association is active in all areas of the student's life. The region is served by an international airport with national carriers offering connections throughout the local area and nationwide. The system of surface transportation is excellent. There are numerous lakes, rivers, mountains, and pine forests surrounding the city. Mount Spokane offers seasonal skiing and is located 10 miles to the north. Seattle is 275 miles to the west. Spokane is an active art and cultural center having its own symphony orchestra.