Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Admissions Requirements
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Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Indiana State University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

      Please note that new programs are not allowed to use PTCAS the first year of development. Please complete our alternative application.

  •         Application #1:  Apply to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies

  •         Application #2: (Applications are currently being accepted) Apply to the Physical Therapy Program

    • We will have rolling admissions the first year and will continue to entertain applications as long as possible prior to our May start date.

  •       GRE exam score report is required of all applicants. Official score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - Please use Indiana State University institution code: 1322. All GRE scores must fall within the past 5 years. A combined verbal/quantitative score of 290 is required in order to be considered a complete application.

  •       A Bachelor’s degree from a four (4) year accredited university that did not culminate in a degree in Physical Therapy, with a preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a recommended pre-requisite GPA of 3.0. The baccalaureate degree must be earned before enrolling into the program.

  •       Prerequisite coursework: Please see requirements.

  •       Personal Interview with members of the Physical Therapy admissions committee may be required.

    • Friday, March 27 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and / or Saturday, March 28 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

      • interviews will last no longer than 30 minutes

    • Additional interviews may be scheduled as needed for highly qualified applicants who are not able to make the official interview day.

                  The following admission requirements must to be mailed to
        Doctor of Physical Therapy program (see address below)

  •        Application #2: (Applications are currently being accepted)  Apply to the Physical Therapy Program

  •         Resume should include a comprehensive outline of your student and volunteer achievements, all honors and awards, extra-curricular activities, and work experience.

  •         Essay:  You are limited to approximately 1 page (4500 characters, including spaces), describing why you selected physical therapy as opposed to other healthcare professions as your career of choice.

  •         Recommendations:  3 references are required.
    One from each of the following:

    • licensed physical therapist

    • academic source

    • other professional or academic reference.

  •             Physical Therapy Observation/Experience is required. (see forms page) You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

  •         Official Transcripts can be sent in via united postal service to the above address or through official etranscripts

                                                              Physical Therapy Program
                                    Sycamore Center for Wellness and Applied Medicine
                                                                  567 N 5th St Room 208
                                                                   Terre Haute IN, 47809

* If an applicant has course work that is greater than 7 years old, he/she may still apply to the program, however the DPT Admissions Committee will review the applicant’s courses/course work to determine eligibility and approval for meeting the prerequisite requirements. This will not necessarily exclude the applicant from having to retake the prerequisites which are older than 7 years, however will ensure that the applicant has the necessary knowledge/skills to be successful in the DPT program. (It is rare for the admissions committee to accept coursework beyond the 7 years and this will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances). Prerequisite coursework is also required if the student’s undergraduate degree did not include identified foundational course. A listing of these courses is available on the program website at  Academic advisors are also available at Indiana State University for consultation regarding undergraduate prerequisites. Official transcript evaluation is not conducted until a student has applied to the program.

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.