Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You should have a baccalaureate degree (there is no preference in what the degree is as long as the prerequisite courses are completed) from a regionally accredited institution.
    • If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the Physical Therapy program must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form. This form will need signatures from an advisor and a school official. NO WAIVERS OR EXCEPTIONS WILL BE GRANTED BY THE PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM.
  • GPA requirements are as follows:
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2/4.0 from all coursework. We use the cumulative GPA verified and calculated by the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
    • Prerequisite GPA of at least 3.2/4.0.
  • Complete all prerequisites (see below for the list), or have only one outstanding by the application deadline of October 1st.
    • The outstanding prerequisite course must be completed by the May start date of the program with a grade of ‘C’ or higher while maintaining at least the required 3.2 admissions cumulative GPA.
    • Final transcripts accounting for any outstanding pre-requisite coursework must be received prior to matriculation into the program.
  • You are required to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of observation. 20 hours must be in an inpatient setting and 20 hours in an outpatient setting.
  • Personal Statement and written response to a school-specific question submitted via the PTCAS Application.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation submitted via the PTCAS Application.
  • A PTCAS application in “Complete” status by October 1st. This means all application materials submitted to PTCAS have been received and documented by PTCAS.
    • Applicants must submit materials to PTCAS several weeks in advance of this date in order to be considered ‘complete’ by the October 1st
    • Applications which are not in ‘complete’ status or which are submitted after the October 1st will not be reviewed.
  • A completed IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application by the Application Deadline of October 1st.
  • In person interview.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy requires a series of prerequisite classes to prepare you for the program’s coursework. PTCAS will use these courses to calculate a separate specific grade point average used in the admission decision. All courses, except for Medical Terminology, must be at least three credit hours.

As a part of your application, you must fill out a Course Completion Form.

  • Statistics (must include a study of descriptive and inferential statistics)
  • Human Anatomy: One semester with lab, OR Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • Human Physiology: One semester, lab preferred OR Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  • General Chemistry: Two semesters with labs. The course must be inorganic focused.
  • General Physics: Two semesters with labs
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Human Lifespan Development (course must include the study of development from birth to death)

If offered admission to the DPT program, Medical Terminology is also required and must be demonstrated by:

  • Formal coursework, or
  • Online instruction with a certificate of completion

Please Note:

  • Online courses are acceptable EXCEPT for science courses with labs.
  • Dual credit courses are acceptable if recorded on a college transcript with a grade.
  • Courses taken for AP credit will be accepted for prerequisite courses if a score of three or higher is earned. The course must appear on official university transcripts.
  • CLEP tests are not accepted.
  • Students may retake up to fifteen (15) credit hours of prerequisites. The higher grade will be used to compute prerequisite GPA, but all grades will be used to calculate cumulative GPA.
  • If English is not your native language, a minimum TOEFL score of 628P or 267C or 113i is required at time of application. This policy is waived if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in the United States by the time of entrance into the program.
  • Applicants who previous matriculated in any physical therapy program in the United States are not eligible for admission into the IU Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Are you ready to apply?

All items are due by the October 1st deadline.

  1. Apply to IUPUI using the graduate online application and pay the $60 application fee.

    For “Intended Program and Plan,” please select the following answers to each question:

    • What type of degree do you intend to pursue?: Doctoral/PhD
    • Academic Program:  SHHS-Physical Therapy
    • Academic Plan: Physical Therapy DPT
    • Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
    • Term: Summer 2019
    • Recommendations: skip this session
    • Personal Statement: skip this session
  2. Complete the PTCAS Application. Your PTCAS application must be in “Complete” status by the application deadline.
    • Initial Program Designation: $150
    • Each Additional Program: $55
  3. Prerequisite Course Completion Form: Download, enter information, save the document, then submit it with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
  4. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree you will need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form and submit with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.