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Indiana University - School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The IU DPT Program participates in the Honors Professional Admission Program. This highly selective program allows guaranteed admission for up to two students yearly. See for details.


IU DPT Admissions Committee
Indiana University
1140 West Michigan Street
CF 120
Indianapolis, IN  46202


PTCAS application deadline10/01/2014
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 5th, 2014 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, 2014. 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 materials10/1/2014
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 courses may be in progress in fall, or two planned in spring, or one in progress in fall and one planned for 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 one (1) 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$ 250.00
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/17/2015
Size of most recent entering class39
Anticipated size of next entering class38
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted90%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted8%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted2%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
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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The mission of the Indiana University Department of Physical Therapy is to:

* demonstrate scholastic excellence in teaching and learning;

* discover and apply knowledge in research and creative activity; and

* demonstrate compassionate service in civic engagement.

We are dedicated to preparing culturally competent autonomous Doctors of Physical Therapy who, by their commitment to advance the health and quality of life for all humanity, are recognized as leaders’ among health professionals and the community.

Our faculty believe that a strong academic background, a robust scientific curriculum, resources that cultivate learning, adaptation and skilled performance, and a physical, social and cultural environment that fosters student’s professional development are critical to each student’s success.

Our curriculum is grounded on evidenced-based research and encompasses strong basic, clinical and applied sciences that contribute to the unique body of knowledge in physical therapy for patient care which includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care and intervention. We provide our students with state of the art clinical and basic science facilities which allow students to engage in ongoing departmental research that is focused on both teaching and health outcomes.

Our program is committed to provide outstanding clinical education experiences, both in-state and out-of state. This includes opportunities to engage in supervised patient care in real clinical practice settings starting in the first semester of the program, in addition to 4 full-time clinical internships. This is a unique component of our program which will enable our students to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to clinical settings with real patients in real time. An important component of our commitment to academics includes scholarship opportunities, a student mentoring program, faculty advising, and various volunteer activities in the community that allow our students to be successful in our program and as future practitioners. Students are taught by an outstanding group of nationally and internationally recognized faculty known for their clinical, teaching and research expertise.

Our faculty members have been awarded numerous teaching and service awards which demonstrates our commitment to academics, in addition to securing millions of dollars in funding to support cutting-edge research. As a faculty we are very proud of our students’ academic achievements and community involvement.

Our students have been recognized both locally and nationally for their academic achievements and commitment to research; 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2013 Mary McMillan Awards went to IU DPT students - this is the most prestigious award given nationally to students. In addition, IU DPT students have won the prestigious IN-APTA scholarship 5 of the last 6 years.
Last Updated: 03/21/2014