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Indiana University - School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences


Deanna Hart
Director, Student Enrollment Services
IU DPT Admissions Committee
Indiana University
1140 West Michigan Street
CF 120
Indianapolis, IN  46202


PTCAS application deadline10/01/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Students who have met all admission requirements and rank in the top 80-100 based on academic criteria (cumulative GPA, Math/Science prerequisite GPA, GRE scores) will be invited to an on campus interview.

Interviews will be conducted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 only and will be scheduled in the afternoon. The interview is mandatory for both in and out of state invited applicants, so please be prepared to make travel arrangements to the IUPUI campus when requested.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsApplicants must submit, in addition to all PTCAS materials, an IUPUI supplemental graduate application and the IU DPT Prerequisite Course Completion Form no later than the application deadline of October 1, 2015.

A description of all materials required is available here:

Applicants who fail to complete both the PTCAS application and the IUPUI Graduate Application cannot be considered for the IU DPT program.

The PTCAS application must be in COMPLETE status at the application deadline.
Supplemental requirement 1Graduate School Application for admission -
Supplemental requirement 2DPT Prerequisite Course Completion Form -
Deadline for supplemental materials10/1/2015
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   The Department of Physical Therapy at Indiana University has a collaborative learning environment in order to educate students to become autonomous, nationally, and internationally recognized physical therapists. Tell us (a) what has drawn you to apply for admission to our program, and (b) what characteristics you possess that will make you a successful physical therapist.
4.   Describe one community or human service activity you participated in as an undergraduate student and how this activity contributed to your personal development.


General informationOnly two prerequisites may be incomplete or outstanding (without letter grade of C or higher) at application deadline. This means two in progress in fall or two planned for spring. Or one in progress in fall and one in spring. All prerequisites must be completed by end of spring term.

The following courses comprise the math/science GPA:

Human anatomy with lab OR Human anatomy and physiology I with lab
Human physiology with lab OR Human anatomy and physiology II with lab
General chemistry I with lab
General chemistry II with lab
Physics I with lab
Physics II with lab

Statistics must include inferential statistics; courses not including inferential statistics are not approved.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Lecture and laboratory studies of the histology and gross morphology of the human form, utilizing a cell-tissue-organ system-body approach. Must be at a level for science majors.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Principles of inorganic and physical chemistry emphasizing physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and states of matter. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Topics include condensed phases, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines, especially life sciences. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Lectures and laboratory work related to cellular, musculoskeletal, neural, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, and reproductive function in humans. Must be at a level for science majors.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: General
Introduction to scientific method, individual differences, personality, developmental, abnormal, social, and industrial psychology. Research methods and content areas of learning, sensation-perception, psychophysiology, motivation, emotions, and statistics.

1 of 2 psychology courses required.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Life Span Development
Emphasizes the life span perspective of physical and motor, intellectual and cognitive, language, social and personality, and sexual development from conception to death. Commonalities across the life span, as well as differences among the various segments of the life span, are examined. Theory, research, and practical applications are stressed equally.

2 of 2 psychology courses required.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Introduction to statistical methods with applications to diverse fields. Emphasis on understanding and interpreting standard techniques. Data analysis for one and several variables, design of samples and experiments, basic probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and significance tests for means and proportions, and correlation and regression. Must include the study of both descriptive and inferential statistics.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7692
University GRE Code1325
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsApplicants are encouraged to arrange for official GRE scores to be sent directly to the GRE code 7692. Program will also accept official GRE scores sent to the general IUPUI code 1325. Applicants need not submit scores to both codes.

Applicants must submit scores that are less than 5 years old as of the application deadline. Submit GRE scores early as they take several weeks to process.


Number of references required by program0


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED40
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceRequired
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementApplicants must have a minimum of 20 hours in an inpatient setting and 20 hours in an outpatient setting. Please be sure your verifying PT indicates the setting in which you observed.

Program will not accept observation hours with a PT Assistant.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20 3.76 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.75 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsA maximum of 15 credits of prerequisite coursework may be retaken with the higher grade used for math/science prerequisite GPA; all courses will be added to cumulative GPA.

Undergraduate cumulative GPA will be calculated from all courses completed with a grade from all undergraduate institutions attended. Prerequisites and baccalaureate degree must be from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.

Students are allowed to apply AP credit course toward the completion of their prerequisite requirements. If the AP courses is a math/science prerequisite the GPA calculations will be obtained by omitting that specific course.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkApplicants must send foreign transcript evaluations to PTCAS and send original transcripts directly to the DPT program. Use WES for transcript evaluation. Information at
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkApplicants must send foreign and Canadian transcript evaluations to PTCAS and send original transcripts directly to the DPT program. Foreign transcripts should be evaluated by WES. Information at

Applicants with foreign transcripts must comply with the Indiana University Indianapolis Office of International Affairs for admission and verification policies outlined at:


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/10/2016
Size of most recent entering class40
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted90%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted8%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted2%
Additional information about the class profileThe Indiana University Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not utilize preferred admission standards based on residency, gender, race, institution attended, or undergraduate major.
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Department of Physical Therapy Philosophy
The Department of Physical Therapy’s philosophy relates to its tri-fold mission of excellence in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and community and professional engagement.

Existing demands of health care call for educational programs of sufficient breadth and depth at a level that fosters autonomous practice. The faculty believe that commitment and collaboration of students and faculty in a process that integrates contemporary educational methods, didactic and experiential learning, self-reflection, and clinical reasoning using the best available evidence prepares students for this autonomy. To meet these expectations, the faculty have created a comprehensive, evolving curriculum designed to synthesize knowledge with the physical therapy core professional values.

To support the evolving nature of the art and science of physical therapy, the faculty engage in the discovery and dissemination of scholarly activities with the goal of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the state, nation, and beyond. Students integrate research evidence into clinical decision making through critical assessment. The faculty believe that effective and efficient clinical practice is best delivered by an evidence-based clinician capable of evaluating and implementing research outcomes. Students interested in an in-depth understanding of research have opportunities to assist faculty with ongoing projects; however, faculty believe active participation in original scholarly research is not a required element for successful clinical practice.

The faculty believe that education transcends the boundaries of a physical classroom requiring students to engage in community and professional activities. Student learning is impacted through interactive experiences within clinical, community, and professional environments. Real-life situations deepen the level of understanding with the intent of producing culturally-competent, life-long learners prepared to meet the challenges of a complex healthcare system. The following commitments have been established to guide the enactment of the program philosophy.

Program Commitments:

1. Implement an educational program of sufficient breadth and depth at a level that fosters autonomous practice

2. Engage in the discovery and dissemination of scholarly activities with the goal of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the state, nation, and beyond

3. Create a comprehensive, evolving curriculum designed to synthesize knowledge with the physical therapy core professional values

4. Integrate best practice and empirically tested knowledge from research evidence for effective clinical decision-making

5. Foster student engagement into community and professional activities

6. Produce culturally-competent practitioners committed to serving a diverse patient population

7. Internalize the value of Life-long learning and adapting practice to ever changing evidence

Faculty Commitments:

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy enacts the philosophy by:

1. Mentor and facilitate students to become competent, autonomous professionals

2. Conduct and disseminate findings of scholarly activities relevant to health, wellness and rehabilitation

3. Participate in a collaborative model of education creating a supportive learning atmosphere in which students and faculty share responsibility for meeting educational goals

4. Model APTA core values in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and service

5. Contribute to the development of the profession at the state, national and international levels

6. Appreciate diverse life experiences fostering the curricular integration of cultural competency
Last Updated: 06/15/2015