Physical therapists help their clients restore, maintain and promote optimal health, so they can live active lives. Optimal physical function is important at all stages of life and drives the growing need for physical therapists.
Become a force for healing and recovery.
Although the demand for physical therapists is on the rise, acceptance into Doctor of Physical Therapy programs continues to be highly competitive. Through hands-on coursework in Biology, Exercise & Sport Science, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Psychology, you’ll be well-prepared to apply for advanced degrees in the flourishing and competitive field of physical therapy. In the program, you’ll also have access to our Healthcare Advisory Board, who will offer you guidance and connect you with immersive educational opportunities inside and outside of the Gunnison Valley.
Set up for success
Our hands-on coursework, 1:1 advising, original research and shadowing opportunities are designed to set you up for success.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|BIOL 372||Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)||4||View|
|BIOL 373||Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)||4||View|
|BIOL 496||Senior Thesis||2-4||View|
|CHEM 331||Organic Chemistry I||3||View|
|CHEM 332||Organic Chemistry II||3||View|
|CHEM 334||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||1||View|
|CHEM 335||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1||View|
|CHEM 471||Biochemistry I||3||View|
|ESS 185||Lifetime Wellness||3||View|
|ESS 330||Exercise Physiology||3||View|
|ESS 331||Exercise Physiology Lab||1||View|
|MATH 213||Probability and Statistics||3||View|
|PHYS 170||Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4||View|
|PHYS 171||Principles of Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4||View|
|PHYS 200||General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4||View|
|PHYS 201||General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4||View|
|PSY 200||Statistics and Data Analysis||3||View|
|PSY 270||Development Psychology||3||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.
Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Expand your community and your network.
There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.
- Lab Assistantships: Students commonly land positions helping their professors with fieldwork and research.
- Pre-Health Club: Brings together students with a common interest in health fields to network and to provide career preparation, advice and peer support.
- Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing professionals exists both locally and throughout the United States.
- Thornton Biology Research Program: Students work with faculty mentors on funded and original research.
- Tri-Beta: Honor society for biology student researchers.
- Pre-Health Mentorship Program: Students are paired with a qualified health professional to help them gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career after graduation.
A competitive advantage
By combining hands-on coursework in Biology, Exercise & Sport Science, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Psychology, Western has created an emphasis that’s tailor-made for students interested in the flourishing and competitive field of physical therapy.