Wheeling Jesuit University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Wheeling Jesuit University



Wheeling Jesuit University (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 09/14/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone:   (304)243-2432
Fax:   (304)243-2042
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (866)243-2068
Web Address:   http://www.wju.edu/academics/dpt/default.asp
Program E-mail:   wjupt@wju.edu
Luis Vargas, PT, PhD, ATRIC
Director and Associate Professor
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, October 1996 (no longer offered); DPT degree, March 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program uses a unique problem-based curriculum design to prepare graduates for practice in the evolving health care system. Students are assigned to small study groups and guided by a faculty tutor toward independent study. Supervised laboratory sessions and assignment to physical therapy treatment facilities are used for the practice of clinical skills.
Students participate in four clinical education experiences of 6, 6, 8 and 8 weeks in duration. The variety of clinical settings includes large and small, public and private acute general and specialty hospitals, private practice settings, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation centers, school systems, nursing homes, and general out-patient clinics. These frequently involve traveling a distance from the University. Students are responsible for arranging housing and providing transportation.
There are six full-time and five adjunct faculty members. Three of the full-time faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees and three are certified clinical specialists in Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Neurology. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9. Most of the faculty members are engaged in clinical practice and are active in making presentations at national and scientific meetings as well as publishing research and professional articles.
Approximately 1,200 undergraduate and 196 graduate students are enrolled in the University. The physical therapy program admits 30 students twice yearly. Transfer students account for approximately half the current enrollment.
Although priority for admission is given to candidates who complete all of their undergraduate course work at Wheeling Jesuit University, transfer students are actively recruited. All candidates must meet minimum qualifications to be considered for admission. Prerequisites for admission include: a baccalaureate degree; completion of prerequisite courses in statistics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology; GRE scores; acceptable non-verbal, oral and written communications skills, maturity, interpersonal skills, leadership and collaboration skills, integrity, initiative, and the ability to give and receive criticism; successful performance in a scheduled interview which will assess the skills and qualities listed above; minimum grade point average of 3.0 in prerequisite course work with at least a 3.0 GPA in required math and science courses; no grade below a C in any of the courses (transfer course acceptability is determined by the Registrar); Students whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL score. A minimum score of 550 is required for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Classes begin September. Physical therapy graduate students range in age from 21 upwards and are diverse in socioeconomic, cultural, and career backgrounds. State residency is irrelevant for purposes of admission. 83% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
95% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
The tuition for the 2005-06 academic year is $9,700 per semester. The University freezes the tuition at the entering rate for the 2 years of the program. The majority of graduate physical therapy students live off campus. There is ample, affordable housing in the area; however furnished graduate apartments are available near campus. On-campus room and board is approximately $2,155 per semester depending on meal plan. There are additional costs including, but not limited to, textbooks, uniform and name tag, lab fees, supplies, transportation, housing and other expenses associated with clinical education assignments that are located outside reasonable commuting distance from Wheeling. Over 80% of all students receive some form of financial assistance. Staff members in the Office of Student Financial Planning are available to assist students with financial aid applications.
Wheeling Jesuit University is in suburban Wheeling, West Virginia, with a population of over 32,000. It is located one hour from Pittsburgh, PA and two hours from Columbus, OH, immediately off Interstate 70. The physical therapy program is housed in the new (1993) Alma Grace McDonough Health and Recreation Center. Program facilities include a spacious, well-equipped clinical skills laboratory and hi-tech physical therapy learning resource center, utilizing the latest in multi-media learning resources. Students have access to the indoor track, fitness center, pool and racquetball courts. The University campus houses two NASA related buildings, the Center for Educational Technologies and the National Technology Transfer Center. Wheeling has a symphony orchestra, community theaters, a minor league ice hockey team, the Christmas "Festival of Lights", country music's "Jamboree USA", and nationally known Oglebay Park, with golf, swimming, tennis, skiing, hiking and the beautiful Wilson Lodge.