PTCAS Applicant Data Report released for 2015-16

For all of you in the middle of or  eventually pursuing DPT program application, have a look at the stats provided on the applicant pool from the 2015-16 application cycle, as contained in the yearly report from the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  Lot’s of useful information that may help you in targeting certain programs, highlighting your strengths, etc, are contained in the report, which you can access via the following link:


As Fall Term 2016 gets underway, its useful to note that all of our Exercise Science and Community Health Education faculty are now under one roof, in the newly opened Richard Woodcock Education Center (RWEC), located just North of Hamersly Library along Monmouth Ave.  Also, the main office of the Division of Health and Exercise Science is also in RWEC just down the hall from me, so no more running up and down campus to get forms, drop things off in faculty mailboxes after checking their offices, etc.  Come pay RWEC a visit – even if you do not yet have a class here, there are some great meeting and study spaces.

Have a great start to Fall Term!

Fall Term 2015, EXS Courses, and Summer Opportunities

Registration for Fall Term 2015 is upon us, but don’t overlook ways to get ahead during Summer Term…. Consider things such as:
– take PE 444 Adapted Physical Activity, off campus on selected Fridays and fully practical-based.
– find a Psychology course or Human Bio. Minor required course you might still need.
– connect with a PT Clinic and arrange for some observational hours. Remember most successful DPT program applicants have many times the common minimum of 100 hours.

And as to Fall Term,
– the new course prefix EXS is now in place – most courses which formerly carried the PE prefix as of Fall 2015 can be found under Exercise Science with the EXS prefix (activity courses still will use PE).
– consider CH 150 Chem Prep if you are at a place to begin your Chemistry sequence. You may wish to jump right into CH 221 for Fall, if your high school chemistry and math skills are strong. Visit the Chemisty department for guidance if unsure which course would be best.

Have a good final few weeks of Spring Term!


DPT Program Virtual Fair & PTCAS Update

The  PTCAS website has some valuable new and updated features for students exploring careers in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate programs in specific – such as the new Google map of program locations here:  DPT Graduate Program Map

ALSO – There is an opportunity to visit virtually with representatives of DPT Programs from all over the country by registering for the

Physical Therapist (DPT) Education Virtual Fair

which will go live on April 28th and 29th.  It is free for Pre-Physical Therapy students, although you must pre-register.  Follow the link above for more information.  There is no substitute for speaking directly with representatives of graduate physical therapy licensing programs to fullyy understand how best to prepare for graduate DPT licensing programs, and what different programs specifically look for in their applicants .  Take advantage of this great opportunity!


Spring Term, 2015

A few programming notes as Spring Term begins –

  • A minor scheduling change has resulted in an additional section of PE 371 Kinesiology, which I will be instructing, with PE 484 Advanced Biomechanics being moved to a Fall Term, 2015 offering.  Any student who was in need of that specific Advanced Area course for completion of their degree should visit with their academic advisor for options.
  • Any Exercise Science majors planning on completing their Internship experience either Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 should contact and visit with our Internship Coordinator, Janet Roberts,,  EARLY this term.
  • An finally, for those of you with health care career aspirations, consider attending the Health Professions Career Fair on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, on April 21(a Tuesday).  If that day conflicts with your schedule, a similar event with nearly all the same programs will be at UO in Eugene on April 20, and at PSU in Portland on April 22.

Have a great Spring Term!

New Chemistry pre-requisite

For those of you making plans for the WOU CHEM 221, 222, 223 sequence sometime in the near future (a prerequisite year of General Chemistry required by nearly all graduate Physical Therapy programs), our Chemistry department has developed a new prerequisite course, CHEM 150 – Chem Prep, designed specifically to ensure your success in CHEM 221.   Typically offered Fall Term, be on the lookout for the potential addition of a section for this coming Spring Term, 2015.  For more information on this or questions you may have on moving successfully through your PT program prerequisites – see my office hours for this term and stop by for a visit!

PTCAS Applicant Data Report for 2013-14

The Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) has released their in-depth report covering the 2013-14 application cycle.  Although the primary audience for this report is the DPT and pre-PT programs preparing tomorrow’s Physical Therapists, students preparing to enter this field can learn much about the academic profile of successful applicanst to DPT program from sections of this report.  Have a look here:  PTCAS Applicant Data Report for 2013-14

Winter Term, 2015

Welcome Back to all of my students in PE 483W Biomechanics this term, and to my advisees. Please note that since we last may have met, my OFFICE HAS MOVED! I’m now located in the Education Building, ED 164 (downstairs, on the side facing the Library).
Winter Term Office Hours: 8:00-10:30am, Mondays and Wednesdays

On occasion I hold office hours in the Library, or in the HWC (typically in the Exercise Science Lab), depending on what students are working on and where I can be of most help. Have a great start to the term,


Lecture 2 with Dr. Pauling

– Dr. Pauling notes in his introductory comments that the covalent bond, that simple line connecting two atoms in chemical formulas, is on of the greatest constructs, perhaps the greatest construct of the human mind… and  impactful statement from on such as Linus Pauling.  Is it perhaps the leap that was made in theorizing what must be at a physical level orders of magnitude smaller that that which the human eye can hope to see?  Fostering understanding of concepts that cannot be directly observed – also the intent of my exercise science courses.
– An insightful comment on Pauling’s famous ball-and-stick models: “I may mention that these ball and stick models are quite illuminating but they do not give a really correct idea of the shape of the molecule.” found in Part 1 of Lecture 2 (found here:
then he further points out the more accurate nature of the representation using a space-filling model, made of atoms with overlapping radii, representative of their true interaction distances, which also allows him to demonstrate interactions among differing element. If find myself, as the lecture attendee, slipping in attention during extended talk, but snapping back into focus on the topic at hand when Dr. Pauling begins to interact with physical structures (the models, the chalkboard, etc.)
– I like Dr. Paulings use of ‘teasers’, applications of chemicals elements or molecules that are not fully understoon. Both here in Parts 3 and 4 deal with biomechemistry and ‘strained’ bonds, or bonds that do not conform to the tetrahedral degree. The first deals with gases that produce general anesthesia in humans, the second a gas that ripens oranges! He doesn’t dwell, but draws the student in with his own fascination and curiosity.
– Perhaps a key element to learn from this lecture is the value of a fundamental, governing principle to which one always resturns – here that seems to be the tetrahedral structure of the carbon atom. What are my fundamental, governing principles in Biomechanics?