University of Washington

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Washington



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

Last Updated by Program: 08/15/2006
Address:   Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Univeristy of Washington
UW Medical Center, Suite CC-902
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356490
Seattle, WA 98195-6490
Phone:   (206)598-5333
Fax:   (206)685-3244
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Mark R Guthrie, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Head
  Accreditor:   The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, November 1959 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1999 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Graduate students are prepared as physical therapist generalists in a unique interdisciplinary environment. The professional curriculum runs for eleven consecutive quarters. The program structure is eight quarters of didactic instruction followed by 33 weeks of clinical internship. It is a full-time day program. The average credit load per quarter is 15 credits. Students spend approximately 45 hours per week divided between class time and study. For more details, visit the program website.
A 4-week full-time clinical clerkship experience is scheduled between the first and second year. The final quarters of the program are devoted to three 11-week internships. The curriculum is affiliated with more than 200 clinics nationwide, serving a large variety of patients in many settings, primarily hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, specialty clinics, and public schools. Students should be prepared for the extra travel/housing costs to out-of-area clinics. Competition for selected local clinics is keen because their capacity for physical therapy interns is limited.
The core PT faculty is comprised of six full-time and three part-time members with a balanced array of knowledge area strengths (kinesiology/biomechanics, anatomy, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and geriatrics). Since 2005 the faculty have authored nearly two dozen peer-reviewed publications and made numerous regional/national presentations, as well as received several prestigious research awards. The total amount of grant funding during 2005-2006 was over $500,000.
A class of 30 full-time post baccalaureate students is admitted to the doctoral professional physical therapy educational program once each year in the autumn quarter (September/October). Normally, 200-250 qualified applicants compete for the available positions.
Students must be United States citizens or US permanent residents who have completed a bachelor’s degree. Updated program information and applications are available in late summer. The application deadline is December 15, with notice of admission by the end of February. Separate simultaneous application to the University of Washington Graduate School and GRE scores are required. There are no interviews. For several years, the average GPA of successful applicants has been 3.50. Prerequisites include 4 quarter hours of anatomy; 5 quarter hours each: physiology and microbiology; 7 quarter hours psychology; 10 quarter hours each: chemistry and physics; and 3 quarter hours of statistics.
97% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 98% of graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 98% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
The 2006-2007 resident tuition will be $3400 per quarter. Nonresident tuition will be $6,700 per quarter. Students should budget $2,000 each for fees, books, insurance, and internship expenses for the entire program. It is recommended that students participate in the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process, available nationwide. Approximately one-half of enrolled students receive some type of financial aid. Outside employment is not recommended while in the professional program.
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