Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What type of PT degree is offered at GW?

The George Washington University offers a full-time, entry-level or first professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). The curriculum consists of 102 credits across eight semesters, which includes 36 weeks of clinical practice. The curriculum typically requires 33 months to complete.

When does the program admit students?

The program admits students once a year in the fall. Classes begin late in August.

What is the schedule of classes for students enrolled in the program?

The program runs on a traditional three semester academic calendar; including summers. Classes are offered mostly between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Clinic hours during the first, second, and third year of the program vary with clinical placement.

How can I reach the PT admissions office?

Contact Janessa Silcox, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, by calling (202) 994-8528 or emailing jsilcox@gwu.edu. Our office fax number is (202) 994-0870.

Do you hold information sessions?

Yes. When available, the list of scheduled information sessions are on the right side of this page.

I will be in the area and would like to meet with an admissions counselor or a faculty member. Is this possible?

Yes. Please call our admissions office at (202) 994-8528 to schedule an appointment with a counselor. If you are unable to make an appointment in advance, you are still welcome to visit. We will assist all walk-ins on a first-come, first served basis.

The Application Process

What documents are required to apply to the program?

Completion of the PTCAS (Physical Therapy Centralized Application System) Application and the GW Supplemental Application are both required to apply to the program. Your application is not complete until both items are received.

If I only want to apply to The George Washington University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, can I apply directly to GW and not through PTCAS?

No. Applicants must fill out both the PTCAS and GW Supplemental Applications in order to apply to the program.

Are paper applications available?

No. The PTCAS and GW Supplemental applications are only available online.

When can I begin the application process?

PTCAS will be accessible beginning early July of each year. Please refer to the PTCAS website for the exact dates. You can complete your GW Supplemental Application at the same time you begin your PTCAS application. Both applications and all supporting documentations (test scores, recommendations, transcripts etc) must be received by the deadline in order for your application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Where should I send my original transcripts?

All original transcripts should be sent to PTCAS. ONLY applicants that are selected for admission will be required to provide original transcripts to the Health Sciences Admissions Office prior to matriculation.

Where should I send my GRE scores?

You will be able to self-report your score on the PTCAS application. You should also identify GW as a school to receive your scores. The GW institution code is 5246.

Can I have outstanding prerequisite courses when I apply to the GW DPT program?

Yes. Applicants may apply to the program with up to four outstanding prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed prior to the beginning of the program. See the prerequisite requirements under Entrance Requirements on the admissions page.

Can I write a personal statement (essay) for the GW PT program?

You will be asked to provide a standard essay on your PTCAS application. You will also be asked to write an essay that is specifically tailored towards the GW program as part of your GW Supplemental Application.

Will I be required to submit a resume?

PTCAS will prompt you to provide a detailed description of your work experience, which will be forwarded to the participating schools along with your application. In addition, you will also have the option of submitting a resume as part of your GW Supplemental Application.

Can I be accepted at more than one school?

Yes. Admission decisions are made at each school, independent of the centralized application process. You may be accepted to more than one school, at which point you will have to make a decision about which school to attend.

When will I hear whether I have been admitted to the GW DPT program?

Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications on an ongoing basis. The Admissions Committee typically makes decisions from December through March. However, admissions decisions continue until the class is full.

Is there an early decision process?

No, we do not have an early decision option. 

Deadlines and Application Fees

What is the deadline for PTCAS and the GW Supplemental Application?

The deadline for both the PTCAS and GW Supplemental Applications is December 1. All applicants to the GW Doctor of Physical Therapy program must submit an application through PTCAS as well as a GW Supplemental Application.

Can I submit by application even though I will be taking some of the prerequisites during the fall, winter, and/or spring terms?

Yes, you will be able to indicate on both the PTCAS and GW Supplemental any courses that are “in-progress” or “planned.” If you are selected for admission, the offer will be contingent upon completion of any outstanding prerequisites and final transcripts (including degree conferment).

If schools have differente deadlines, how will I know when to apply through PTCAS?

Each school you apply to may have a different deadline. You should review the PTCAS website to determine the deadlines for each school to which you will apply. The GW deadline is December 15. Please note: it may take three to four weeks for the program to receive your application once PTCAS has received all of your documentation. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit all your documentation as early as possible.

What are the fees for the PTCAS and the GW Supplemental Applications?

The fee for PTCAS depends on the number of schools you apply to as well as your application submission date. Please see the PTCAS website for information specific to the PTCAS fee schedule. The fee for the GW Supplemental Application is $60. You can submit your supplemental application fee online by credit card or e-check.

If I am accepted into the GW DPT program, is a deposit required?

Yes. A $575 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to guarantee your spot in the program. Once a letter of acceptance is issued, you will typically have several weeks to return your declaration of intent along with your deposit. This deposit will be applied to your Semester I tuition.

The Interview Process

Is an interview required for admission to the GW DPT Program?

Yes, an interview is required. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be notified by e-mail or phone.

What occurs on interview day?

Interviews are typically held on Friday or Saturday during the fall and early spring prior to the intended entry date. Interview sessions provide applicants an opportunity to meet prospective classmates, current students, faculty, and staff. Each interview day includes: a meet and greet session; a small group interview; a small group activity with prospective classmates; a small group discussion with current students; and a tour of the GW-Foggy Bottom campus. It is a great opportunity for you to get to know us and vice versa. Many of our students have reported that the on-campus interview significantly influenced their decision to attend GW.

Tuition and Financial Aid

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic school year is $1,141 per credit hour. Tuition for the PT program is capped at 12 credits per semester hour. This means that, although a student may be enrolled in more than 12 credits during a semester, they will only be charged for up to 12 credits. See the estimated program cost.

Does GW offer scholarships for the program?

A limited number of scholarships are available for matriculated students only. Scholarship information will be available generally within the first semester.

Should I submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

It is recommended that you complete the FAFSA if you plan to take out loans to finance your education. FAFSA application can be submitted online at no charge as early as first week in January. You will need information from your tax returns from the year before in order to complete the application.

Are there any programs that will finance my tuition?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students.

The Department of Physical Therapy & Health Care Sciences

The School of Medicine & Health Sciences

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Suite 2000
Washington, D.C. 20006
hsp@gwu.edu | Phone: 202-994-5105 | Fax: 202-994-8400