Dr. Dan Anton, Professor and Chair
270 Health Sciences Building
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202-0002
Daniel C. Anton, Megan S. Chatellier, Kimberly K. Cleary, Amelia E. Jay, Tanya L. Kinney LaPier, Fahed Mehyar, Elena N. Skornyakov
Emeritus Faculty: Meryl R. Gersh
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree prepares students to diagnose and manage movement dysfunction in patients they serve. The three-year curriculum consists of 11 sequenced quarters of full-time attendance. In Year 1, DPT students take basic science and physical therapy skill courses. The first clinical internship occurs in the summer at the end of Year 1. In Year 2, clinical science courses integrate medical science knowledge through increasingly complex clinical problems. Students learn and practice the five elements of patient care (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention) in the context of patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and/or integumentary disorders. Evidence-based practice, clinical research, and professional practice issues are embedded throughout the curriculum. During the summer of Year 2, students take the comprehensive examination, and successful completion allows students to advance to the three, 10-week clinical internships in Year 3.
The Department of Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The admission process to the DPT Program is competitive. The requirements listed below are the minimally acceptable for application to the Program and are not indicative of the competitive range of students generally accepted into the DPT Program.
An overall prerequisite GPA of ≥3.0 is required for application.
- Apply to the DPT Program through PTCAS.
- Apply for acceptance into Eastern Washington University Graduate Studies.
- Complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution by July of the year of admission.
- Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by November 1 of the application year. The minimum GRE writing score for admission is 4.0.
Complete a minimum of 75 hours of work/observation/volunteer experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. This experience must be verified in writing by the supervising physical therapist, whose license number must appear on the verification form included with the application materials. It is strongly recommended that you maintain contact with the physical therapists who supervised your clinical experiences so that you may call upon them to verify your experiences once you have received the verification form with the application packet. Participation in at least two different types of practice settings (e.g., acute care institutions, rehabilitation centers, pediatric centers, residential facilities, nursing homes, schools, orthopedic outpatient clinics) is required, with a minimum of 30 hours in at least one of these settings. A greater variety of settings is encouraged.
- Submit letter of recommendation forms from the following individuals:
2 physical therapists
1 current or former employer
- Complete prerequisite courses designated for the science major. A minimum grade of ≥C is required to fulfill each prerequisite.
Biology (Zoology) with labs
Biology prerequisites include:
1 quarter/semester of Human Anatomy
1 quarter/semester of Human Physiology
1 quarter/semester upper division (300 level of above) in Human or Animal Physiology. This requirement may be satisfied by a course in Exercise Physiology, offered through an Exercise Science Department.
1 quarter/semester advanced course (300 level or above) of your choosing in Biology, Zoology or Exercise Science. This course must be at least 3 semester or 4 quarter credits. Recommended courses include: Biomechanics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Embryology, Kinesiology, Microbiology, and Pathology. Classes in botany, fish and wildlife biology, and ecology do not satisfy this requirement.
Chemistry with labs
3 quarters or 2 semesters of Chemistry
Physics with labs
3 quarters or 2 semesters of Physics
Psychology or Behavioral Science
Any 2 courses in behavioral science including psychology, sociology or anthropology
1 quarter/semester of Statistics in any discipline
- Anatomy and Physiology or the combined A & P prerequisite courses must be completed within 7 years of admission.
- Courses designated for nursing or allied health professions students are not acceptable in lieu of the science prerequisites listed above.
- Advanced Placement courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
- Courses from other institutions with a pre-Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy title are not acceptable toward meeting prerequisite or professional degree requirements.