West Coast University DPT program

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  1. casedpt24

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    Hello my fellow pt friends.

    Has anyone heard of West Coast University in Los Angeles? I know that they are starting a DPT program for the fall of 2014 and I was curious if anyone has already been accepted and what their views are of the program. I am a little skeptical because it is not yet accredited. The school is considered "Candidate for Accreditation" and that it is only accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission as of now. Any information will be greatly appreciated?
     
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  3. HiphopapodamusDPT

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    Hello friend!

    I am going to be in the first class for West coast university's DPT program this fall. As you can imagine, I also was very skeptical because pt school is a lot of time and money to invest but after the interview my mind was put at ease and I chose to attend because of the following reasons:
    1 - They have contracts with other schools to transfer the students out to if WCU does not receive accreditation (see attached screenshot) WCU Accreditation.jpg
    2 - During the interview the faculty was great. They were very kind, well spoken, and seemed like they love teaching.
    3 - The campus is very nice because it is brand new
    4 - I researched the program dean (Stan Hartgraves) a little and found that he was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rocky Mountain DPT school and was in charge of getting them accredited so he has done this before and knows what it takes to become accredited.
    5 - The school will be very invested in their first class because they need them to succeed to have the program accredited.
    6 - It was closer to home and cheaper than other schools I was looking at

    I am sure I am a little biased because I am going there but I feel safe going there this fall and I am really excited!
    I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
     
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  4. Azimuthal

    Azimuthal Ninja Zombie Slayer 2+ Year Member

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    I'm asking for future inquisitive minds.

    Do the contracts allow you to keep your standing (grade level) or do they admit you as a DPT I if WCU fails accreditation?

    What is the average number of teaching years of the faculty? What ratio of faculty has had previous faculty positions? How many are still practicing? Are they specialists? Research opportunities?

    How much is tuition?

    Honestly, the website looks like one of a diploma mill but I'm hoping it is not. Good luck all those who are prospectives.
     
  5. HiphopapodamusDPT

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    Hello Azimuthal!

    Those are great questions that I had myself. I don't have all the answers but based on my knowledge this is what I know :)

    I am not positive as I have not seen the exact contracts between the schools but during the interview I asked and they said that since they will know if WCU is accredited during our 3rd year (which is mostly clinical internships) they are making sure that WCU clinical curriculum matches the clinical curriculum at the contracted schools to make the transfer easier. But to answer your question, I am not positive how we would transfer.
    All of the faculty that I know of have at least 5 years of teaching PT.

    I also miss-read your next question (I better not do that on a test!) and thought you asked "what is the ratio of faculty to student?" Alas, you did not ask that but since I typed up an answer here it is!

    During the interview, they mentioned that because we will be the first class, instead of having upper classmen mentors, each faculty will be given about 5 students to mentor through the program to provide support. I am not sure of the exact ratio but I would assume 5 to 1 because of that program. They also said that during lab classes, there will never be more than half the class (15-20 students) in there at a time so that each student gets a high/low table.
    I am not sure of the ratio for the whole school but of those who interviewed me (3 faculty members), all had previous faculty positions.
    All of the faculty (that I know of) except the dean are currently practicing PTs (or within one year). Some faculty are from inpatient and some outpatient settings.
    Again, all of the faculty that I know of are either a specialist or a PhD or both. And they have some breadth: One prof has his board certification in orthopaedics and recognition as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and another prof received her Neurological Clinical Specialization, Geriatric Clinical Specialization, and Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification and she is a APTA Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults. And all of them have published.
    I asked that during my interview. They said that at the end of our second year, we can choose to do our elective in research with one of the faculty members.
    Tuition alone for the whole program is $106,400 and they estimate $111,885 including books. I know it is not cheap, but it was less than or comparable to the other schools I was looking at: Samuel Merritt approx $133,200 and UOP approx $140,000 and USA in San Diego approx $100,583.
    Hahaha! I know what you mean, there are just a little too many stock photos on the dpt part of the website but once I interviewed and saw the school and met the faculty, I felt like (and hope) it will be a good place to become a DPT!

    Hope this helps! Best of luck to you all!
     
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  6. omfgitscrystal

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    What were your stats? I'm stressing out like crazy trying to get into a PT school and since I have lower stats (3.2 GPA but a lot of extracurriculars). Thanks!
     
  7. ynby86

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    What is the justification for LA getting another PT school? The greater LA area already has about half of the state's PT schools. The proliferation of PT schools is going to make the job market even more saturated. I do not see the the economic justification for another school. And if the school cites BLS figures, those are for the nation as a whole. LA does not need another PT school.
     
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  8. kelly91

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    Would love to hear stats of accepted students for this program. I am going to apply as well. I appreciate all of the info on this thread because I too was curious about the accreditation process.
     
  9. CRE113

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    Just applied a few weeks ago. Still waiting for a reply. You?
     
  10. DjT3kN

    DjT3kN BoxerPT 2+ Year Member

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    Would anyone happen to know how long it takes West Coast to give an acceptance offer after the interviews?

    I know some give their applicants a few weeks notice after the initial interview or do they notify them after all applicants have been interviewed. Thanks in advance for the info.
     
  11. casedpt24

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    I received my acceptance offer 2 to 3 weeks after the interview.
     
  12. rayraydar

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    I just got offered an interview! any advice? im so nervous bc i've never been offered an interview
     
  13. j8tty

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    Ray when is your interview, mine is this sat.

    For those in the program what were some of interview questions? Scenario, ethics, or just general questions for the applicant. Thanks
     
  14. SocalPT2015

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    I also have an interview this Saturday! Any advice and tips from current students would be great! This will be my first interview and I am unsure of how to prepare!
    Also, how are current students enjoying the year so far?
     
  15. DjT3kN

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    Just want to say.... Good Luck to everyone today and to everyone else interviewing!!! See you all there. :D
     
  16. DjT3kN

    DjT3kN BoxerPT 2+ Year Member

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    How'd you guys feel about the interview?
     
  17. SoccerK33

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    I thought it went really well! It was very relaxed and not as stressful as I had anticipated. My only concern is when they will be getting back to us. From what I heard, they are interviewing everyone before they send acceptance/rejection letters.
     
  18. DjT3kN

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    I thought the interview went really well too! I was there on 1/24.

    From what Mary Tatoyan was saying the first two interview weekends (1/23 and 1/24, 2/13 and 2/14) are in the same round, and they'll be making decisions 2 to possibly 3 weeks after February 14th. Mary said that technically it's rolling admissions so we could all hear back post-interview after January 23rd, but that likely we won't start hearing back until March 1st.

    Fingers crossed!
     
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  21. JBOPT

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    Hello! I've received an interview for 2/27 and am very excited/nervous. I would like to know from those that have been interviewed/ accepted how the interview process was and what tips you have
     
  22. JhayCee08

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    I would love to get some feedback on what you thought of the program. What were some questions they had asked?
     
  23. DjT3kN

    DjT3kN BoxerPT 2+ Year Member

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    The program is actually pretty good, in my opinion, after talking to the students. They are really a tight-knit group and looks as if everyone gets along well, both faculty and students. The student-faculty ratio is small, which is beneficial as we'll get help and won't have to battle for the professor's attention. The faculty is very personable, especially Dean Hartgraves. The facility is brand new and all of the faculty are current practitioners, so their clinical skills are up-to-date. I wouldn't mind going to WestCoast if offered an acceptance.

    Really, my interview was more of a conversation than anything. Just know why you're going for PT, what setting of PT you plan to get into, and prepare to talk about yourself. I got the feeling that they are trying to get a feel of who you are and if you would be a good fit for their program. So the cliche of "just be yourself" is really all there is to it. Be conversive and excited. Good Luck!
     
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  24. JhayCee08

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    thats great to hear! I'm so excited and scared for my upcoming interview. thanks so much for the great feedback. were they able to clear up all the concerns students had regarding their accreditation? I'm hoping they don't "what do you know about us" because I'm having a hard time finding a lot about their school/program.
     
  25. JBOPT

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    When is your interview?
     
  26. JhayCee08

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    Feb 13
     
  27. S.W.A.T.7

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    Hi! I have my interview this weekend and I have been trying to prepare for it by doing research on the school/ faculty. Do you have any tips for the interview? was it one on one? How intense were the questions?
     
  28. SoccerK33

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    Just be yourself. I know that sounds cheesy, but from my experience they aren't really concerned about drilling you on your knowledge of the school and the faculty. They want to know why you want to be a physical therapist and more about you as a person to see how you would fit into their program. Everyone was very nice and helpful! Good Luck!
     
  29. rsdPT

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    Hey guys!
    So this is how I understand their accreditation process, and please someone correct me if I'm wrong (mainly because I want to know if I'm correct on this):

    West Coast University is a Candidate of Accreditation of CAPTE. From what I have understood, no school has gained candidacy and not passed accreditation. This means that it would be highly unlikely that they will not become accredited. However, on the off chance they do not get accredited, it is a requirement from CAPTE that all candidates of accreditation have contracts with other schools (which you can see the list of these schools in the post above with a photo attached) that students will transfer to. Each school has agreed to take x amount of students, and these students will graduate in their program. In all, all students who are eligible for graduation are 100% guaranteed to graduate from an accredited school.

    On another note, I hope we get in!
     
  30. GOGOGO1528

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    Hey! That's the way I understood it. One of the students currently in the program said she went because she had no risk, she will graduate either way.
     
  31. DjT3kN

    DjT3kN BoxerPT 2+ Year Member

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    Has anyone received any correspondence from WCU yet? Just curious... thanks!
     
  32. sonflowr2

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    I'm glad you just posted, I was checking wondering the same thing, haha. Mary from admissions said most likely after March 1st (2 weeks after the Feb 14th interviews), but I can't stop myself from checking my email.
     
  33. Rdpt

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    When did she say that to you? I emailed her a week ago and she told me late march
     
  34. DjT3kN

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    Late March?! That can't be right... Fresno and Pacific takes them 3 weeks after the initial interviews to make a decision. I can't possibly imagine it'll take them a month to go through the application pool.
     
  35. Rdpt

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    I think she said late march to give their staff a cushion in case they're running late. I just re-read the email and she definitely said to expect acceptance/rejection letters at the end of March.
     
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  36. sonflowr2

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    When was your interview? Mine was January 24th.
     
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    Feb 14
     
  38. TM22

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    Was your interview in pairs? I have one this Friday and they state that it would be in pairs. Was wondering if it was the same for you guys too and how was that experience?
     
  39. GOGOGO1528

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    Hi, yes ours were in pairs too. Everyone was super helpful. The interview went well and I kind of liked that we were in pairs because we were like "teammates" going into the interview together. Just remmeber why you want to be a PT and breathe!
     
  40. sonflowr2

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    I'm sure everyone just received this email. Bummer.
     

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    I would think that it would be a little intimidating and more pressured since you are competing with the other interviewee for the spot. But thats good to hear thanks for your feedback!
     
  42. GOGOGO1528

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    Well you know, PT's are all alike, we all like to root people on ;) that was very much the feeling between everyone when I went for my interview. All the interviewees was saying, "good luck!" or "you'll do great!"
     
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    Yep! Just saw the sender and almost had a heart attack but then read what was inside the email, false alarm.
     
  44. baseclearer1

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    I had my skype interview on Feb 18th because I couldn't make it to LA on Feb 14th. I thought it went pretty well, the woman interviewing me was awesome. She also told me mid to late March on the response time for acceptance/rejection notice​
     
  45. dpt18

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    I got that email about hearing by Mid-March earlier today but then this afternoon I got an email that I am admitted! I have a couple weeks to send them my deposit and hold my spot so I am sure that after the first round of people accept or decline, they will send out their second round of acceptances! So just be patient! :)
    Oh and I think that I had the first interview date on January 23rd!
     
  46. baseclearer1

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    What were your stats of you don't mind me asking?
     
  47. Rdpt

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    Congrats!! I've been checking my email like crazy. This makes me so nervous; I don't want to be rejected again.
     
  48. sonflowr2

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    Congrats! @Rdpt I'm with you, I don't think I could handle another rejection.
     
  49. Rdpt

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    Has anyone from the feb13-14 interviews gotten letters yet?
     
  50. SocalPT2015

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    My interview was January 24, I also recieved my acceptance last week, the day they sent out the letter about getting back to us in March! Good luck all! I'm very excited about this school!
     
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  51. DjT3kN

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    @SocalPT2015 Might I ask what your stats were? I'm still waiting on their decision for me. Anyone else get a decision already from WCU?
     

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