Physical Therapy Early Assurance Program

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) provides a pathway for well-qualified WVU Exercise Physiology (EXPH) first-time freshmen to enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program following completion of an EXPH baccalaureate degree and meeting all other requirements outlined below.

Questions? Contact Julie Day, Assistant Director of Recruitment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify for the EAP from high school? 

To be eligible for the EAP, you must: 

  • Be admitted to WVU as an Exercise Physiology major.
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Have an ACT Math score of 24 or higher or a SAT Math score of 570 or higher.

What if I didn't take the ACT or SAT?

You must take either the ACT or SAT and earn the scores above to be eligible.

How do I participate in the EAP?

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, express your interest today!

What are the benefits of participating in the EAP?

EAP offers the following benefits: 

  • Each year, the first 10 students to enroll in the EAP and successfully complete the program will receive a free laptop and software upon entry to the DPT program (WVU-provided laptops are required for all students).
  • 10 hours of volunteer work will be in the DPT faculty practice clinic and/or a WVU Medicine facility.
  • EAP students will have the opportunity to meet with PT faculty and students throughout their undergraduate studies.
  • EAP students who are non-residents will receive special consideration for a one-time, out-of-state scholarship opportunity ($15,000) during the first year of the DPT program.

What academic requirements will I be expected to meet while in the EAP?

While in the EAP you must: 

  • Achieve an overall and pre-requisite GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Successfully complete at least 40 hours of volunteer work in physical therapy.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester in the junior year.

As an EXPH student, what other requirements do I need to complete prior to entering the DPT program?

You must also: 

When will I be notified if I have been accepted into the DPT program? 

EAP applicants will be reviewed each June, with interviews conducted in August of the summer before your senior year. You will be notified of your eligibility status for enrollment no later than September 1 of your senior year. 

What if I change my mind and no longer want to be in the EAP?

You may leave the program at any time by notifying our Admissions Unit via email. If you withdraw but decide at a later date that you wish to pursue a DPT and you meet the minimum qualifications for admission, you may still apply via our regular admission pathway through PTCAS.