Central Washington University (CWU) does not offer a degree program in Physical Therapy or Pre-Physical Therapy. "Pre-Physical Therapy" is a non-degree advising program through which a student can prepare for admission to a professional Physical Therapy program at another institution. CWU does offer all prerequisite courses necessary for successful admission to such a program.
There are four universities in Washington and Oregon that offer degrees and professional training in the field of Physical Therapy: Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, and Pacific University. All of these programs grant graduate degrees and therefore require students to have a bachelor's degree before admission.
Requirements for admission vary among the professional schools. The information contained in this handout serves as an overview of those requirements. For general information about the Physical Therapy profession, employment outlook, and professional training programs throughout the U.S., visit the American Physical Therapy Association website (http://www.apta.org). More detailed information about each of the regional programs can be found by visiting their individual websites, which are noted later in this handout.
Take some time to study these pages, and then make an appointment with the Pre-Physical Therapy advisor to discuss Physical Therapy in general, prerequisite coursework, scheduling, and choice of a major.
The Pre-Physical Therapy advisor here at CWU is:
Dr. David Darda.
Department of Biological Sciences
College of the Sciences
|General Biology*||BIOL 181, 182|
|General Chemistry||CHEM 181-183 including labs|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology*||BIOL 355 and BIOL 356|
(EXSC 250 and 351 can substitute at EWU, UW, and UPS)
|Animal or Exercise Physiology* (EWU only)||BIOL 455 or EXSC 450|
|Upper Division Biology* (EWU only)||BIOL 322 or BIOL 323 or 354 or 320|
|Physics*||PHYS 111-113 including labs|
|General Psychology||PSY 101|
|Abnormal Psychology*||PSY 449|
|Statistics*||PSY 362 or MATH 311 or BIOL 213|
For specific information (philosophy, prerequisites details, GPA requirements, length of program, admissions, application material, costs, scholarships, etc.) about the Washington and Oregon programs be sure to visit the following web sites:
Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Physical Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. PTAs must complete a two-year education program, usually offered at a community college. In Washington and Oregon, there are four such programs. For more information, be sure to visit the following web sites:
Green River Community College, Auburn, WA
Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA
Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU alumnus and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named natiCWU Alumnus Is Renowned Winemaker
David Forsyth, CWU biology and psychology alumnus and one of the Yakima Valley’s most-tenureSpecial Natural Science Seminar, Friday-5/17 At 3PM
Dr. Penny Hitchcock, recipient of the College of Science's Distinguished Alumnus Award, will present