Program Profile

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 deadline10/02/2017
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 1st, 2017 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 a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsApplicants must submit an IUPUI supplemental graduate application and the IU DPT Prerequisite Course Completion Form, in addition to all PTCAS materials, no later than the application deadline of October 2, 2017.

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 materials10/2/2017
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General informationOnly one (1) prerequisite may be in progress or outstanding (without letter grade of C or higher) at application deadline. This means one (1) prerequisite course in progress in fall or planned for spring is allowed. All prerequisites must be completed by end of spring term.

The following courses comprise the math/science prerequisite 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
* Introductory Psychology
*Lifespan/Human Development Psychology

Statistics must include inferential and descriptive 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: 3A&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 approach. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.

Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 3Chemistry I
Chemistry: Inorganic
Principles of inorganic 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: 3Chemistry II
Chemistry: 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: 3Physics 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: 3Physics II
Electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to concepts of relativity, and quantum theory. Must be at a level for science majors and include a lab.
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoRecommendedSH: 3A&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 study of human nature. Content areas include learning, sensation­ perception, psychophysiology, motivation, emotions, and statistics.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoN/ASH: 3Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Life Span Development
Emphasizes the life span perspective of physical/motor, intellectual/ cognitive, social/personality, and sexual development from conception to death through theory, research and practical applications.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Introduction to statistical methods with applications to diverse fields. Emphasis on understanding and interpreting standard techniques. Must include the study of both descriptive and inferential statistics.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7692
University GRE Code1325
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  154  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsApplicants should arrange for official GRE scores to be sent directly to PTCAS GRE code 7692.

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 PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
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 3.82 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.80 
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 course is a math/science prerequisite the GPA calculations will be obtained by omitting that specific course.

Students are allowed to apply Dual Credit courses toward the completion of their prerequisite requirements. An official university transcript showing the grade earned must be sent to PTCAS.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkApplicants must send foreign and Canadian transcript evaluations to PTCAS. 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 class5/14/2018
Size of most recent entering class42
Anticipated size of next entering class40
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: 06/07/2017