Application changes due to COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the IU PT Admissions Committee is making the following changes to application requirements for the 2021–22 application cycle: 

  1. Acceptance of online labs for prerequisite courses completed during 2020 and 2021. These will be accepted for any application year.
  2. Acceptance of a Satisfactory grade for prerequisite courses completed in spring 2020. The preference would be for all applicants to earn a letter grade.  If an applicant’s school has transitioned to a Satisfactory/Fail or Pass/Fail grading option, grades would be accepted as follows: For students in the Indiana University system, a Satisfactory grade would be accepted although a Passing grade would not be accepted. For applicants from universities other than Indiana University, either Satisfactory or Passing grades will be accepted, though Satisfactory is preferred if both S and P grades are an option.
  3. The required minimum of 40 observation hours can be in any setting. Applicants who meet all other application requirements though do not meet the minimum 40 hours of observation are still encouraged to apply. Following application submission, alternative solutions to observation hours will be provided. These alternatives will afford the applicant an opportunity to better understand the scope of physical therapy practice, which is the ultimate goal of observation.

Prerequisite Courses Information

Indiana University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree 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 must be at least three credit hours and be
completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. All science courses must be at a level
for science majors and include a lab; online courses are accepted except for
science courses with labs.

As a part of your application, you must fill out a Prerequisite Course Completion Form Please see additional information on how to fill out this form.

  • Statistics* must include a study of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Human Anatomy* one (1) semester with lab, OR Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • Human Physiology* one (1) semester, lab preferred OR Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  • General Chemistry* two (2) semesters with labs and be inorganic focused
  • General Physics* two (2) semesters with labs
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Human Lifespan Development course must include the study of development from birth to death; more than one course may be required 

*grades earned in these courses will be utilized to calculate math/science GPA
which must be a 3.2 minimum.

Read the prerequisite course descriptions to make sure your prerequisites are a suitable match.

If offered admission to the DPT program, a course in Medical Terminology
must be completed by formal coursework, or online instruction with a
certificate of completion.

Although you can fill in a form while it is displayed within your browser, we strongly recommend that you not do so. You will lose all entered form data if you browse to other web pages in the same browser window that you are using to display the screen fillable form. You run the risk of accidentally deleting all of your entered form data by inadvertently clicking on the “back or “forward” buttons on your browser. Clicking either of these buttons will close the form and delete of all your information.

We recommend that you open the Acrobat Reader program, click on file/open and locate the form saved on your computer hard drive. Then fill out the form in Acrobat Reader independently from your browser or your Internet connection.

Once you have located and downloaded a desired form to your PC, you are now ready to begin filling out the form.

  • 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 the prerequisite GPA, but all grades will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.
  • 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.