Doctor of Physical Therapy FAQ



We enroll 44 new students per year.

Students begin in the summer term. Typically, the first day is the second or third Monday in May.

The DPT program is 36 months. Students begin in May and graduate three years later in May.

No. The IU DPT program is an on-campus program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, temporary adjustments to the curriculum have been made so students can continue progressing through the program during this time.

Yes, many of our current students have part-time jobs either on- or off-campus.

Students can schedule an IUPUI campus tour at A tour of the physical therapy facilities is available during our annual information session held each spring and interview day in the fall.

We encourage to you attend the information session in the spring. During the information session, you will be able to meet with faculty and current students.

Yes, faculty employ student research assistants.

Our pass rate is outstanding! 

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Applications are accepted until October 1.

No. The DPT admissions committee does not give preference to any applicant type.

Applicants that have completed coursework outside of the United States are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed for all foreign coursework. Below are the evaluation services that have been approved by the DPT admissions committee. 

  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF) 
    P.O. Box 3665 
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665 
    Phone: 310-258-9451 
  • Josef Silny & Associates 
    7101 SW 102 Avenue 
    Miami, FL 33173 
    Phone: 305-273-1616 
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES) 
    PO Box 745 
    New York, NY 10113-0745 
    Phone: 212-966-6311  

The admissions committee accepts an undergraduate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the prerequisite courses is also required. The most common undergraduate majors are exercise science, athletic training, and kinesiology.

No. The GRE is not required and scores will not be reviewed.

Applicants are not eligible to apply if they do not meet our minimum requirements, which include a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 math/science prerequisite GPA. We do give special consideration to the last 60 credit hours. All college coursework is factored into the cumulative GPA.


Applicants are extended an offer of admission based on a holistic review process. To be competitive in a holistic review share your experiences (educational background, community engagement, and life, leadership, research, & healthcare experiences). Be prepared to discuss your attributes (resiliency, leadership, professional drive, integrity, and intellectual curiosity). Applicants must meet our academic metrics including a 3.2 cumulative and math/science prerequisite GPA at a minimum. The last 60 undergraduate credit hours are reviewed.

Admission interviews are held on the first Friday of December.

The number of students invited to interview changes each cycle. In the 2020–21 application cycle, 100 students were invited to interview. The interview will include one applicant and two interviewers.

Yes, you can reapply the next cycle. We offer one application cycle per year. It opens in July and the deadline is October 1.

Prerequisite coursework

Yes. The DPT admissions committee accepts coursework from any regionally accredited institution.

No. The IU DPT prerequisite courses do not have an expiration date.

Yes. Online courses and labs are being accepted for prerequisite requirements.

Yes. Students can retake up to 15 credit hours of prerequisite coursework. The higher grade will be used to compute the prerequisite GPA, but all grades will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

If you would like the DPT admissions committee to review your coursework, please complete a prerequisite course completion form with your coursework and send it to If our committee is unfamiliar with the coursework from your institution, a syllabus may be requested.

As an applicant, you can only have one outstanding prerequisite at the time you submit your application. A prerequisite course is considered outstanding if it is incomplete and ungraded. The outstanding prerequisite can be completed in either the fall or spring semester. It will need to be completed by the time the program begins in May.

No. Transfer credit is not accepted. As a potential student, you should be aware that all courses in the program curriculum are required. There is not an option for the curriculum to be accelerated.

Financial aid and tuition

At this time, we have admission-based scholarships. The recipient and dollar amount are determined by the admissions committee and awarded to an incoming student. There is no application for this scholarship. For students looking for financial aid, we encourage you to fill out the FAFSA. Most students utilize federal student loans.