* The program continues to seek candidacy status from CAPTE. Initial candidacy was denied but the program will seek reconsideration. All updates on candidacy status will be posted for the developing DPT Program at ISU.
Indiana State University Physical Therapy Program will be seeking developing status in the near future. All updates will be posted, please check back for the program start dates.
Physical Therapy Program director position Available (see posting)
The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide a supportive, student-focused learning environment that encourages and educates individuals to become compassionate, clinically and culturally competent licensed physical therapists. These autonomous therapists will possess a desire for life-long learning and service, and will utilize evidence-based outcome oriented medicine to contribute positively to the dynamic health care needs of rural and underserved populations.
Graduates of the Indiana State University Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be prepared to provide competent healthcare through having the skills needed to effectively examine, evaluate, diagnose, and provide appropriate interventions for clients with all levels of physical impairments. The specific degree objectives include:
Applicants are encouraged to complete as many prerequisite courses as possible prior to submitting the online application for admission. Please note that prospective students may submit an application while enrolled in the prerequisites, but all courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT program and be completed within the past 7 years. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission into the physical therapy program. The degree can be in any field; however, coursework must include (either as part of the degree requirements or in addition to the requirements) the following pre-requisites:
Human Anatomy (with lab). One course in Human Anatomy or the first course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology I&II. Anatomy content should include skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. Equivalent of ISU BIO 231 & lab or ATTR 210 & lab
Physiology (with lab). One course in Physiology or the second course in the series of Anatomy and Physiology I&II. Physiology content should cover various systems including: cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, etc. Equivalent of ISU BIO 241 & lab or PE 220 & lab
Biology (4 credits, with a lab) - In addition to Human Anatomy and Physiology listed above, one or two courses from the field of biology, not to include Botany). ISU Bio 112 & lab or BIO 101 & lab, BIO 102 & lab
General Chemistry I (4 credits, with lab). Content must include atomic and molecular structure. This course should be the first in the Chemistry I&II series. Equivalent of ISU CHEM 105 & lab
General Chemistry II (4 credits, with lab) - In addition to Chemistry I listed above. This course should be the second course in the Chemistry I&II series and must include a lab. ISU CHEM 106 & lab
General Physics I (4 credits, with lab). Non-calculus or calculus based. Equivalent to ISU PHYS 105 & lab
General Physics II (4 credits, with lab). Non-calculus or calculus based. Equivalent to ISU PHYS 106 & lab
Statistics (3 credits). Course content should include mean, median, mode, standard deviation, t-tests, etc. Equivalent of ISU HLTH 340 Biostatistics
Medical Terminology (3 credits) Must be taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with first DPT summer session course.). Equivalent of ISU ATTR 225 Medical Terminology
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits). Students must complete Abnormal Psychology. Equivalent of ISU PSY 368 Abnormal Psychology
Additional Psychology Course (3 credits). In addition to Abnormal Psychology, students must complete an additional psychology course. Recommended courses equivalent of ISU PSY 266 or PSY 356
Humanities, Diversity (6 credits). ISU equivalency EXAMPLES: PHIL 101, PHIL 190, PHIL 303, AFRI 113, AFRI 212, AFRI 222, ENG 340, ENVI 130, EPSY 341, PSCI 105, SOCI 110, REL 190, REL 250
Recommended (Course in Clinical Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Personal Computer Basics, Communications)
Additional Admission Requirements. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission into the physical therapy program will also require the following:
A Bachelor’s Degree from a four (4) year accredited university that did not culminate in a degree in Physical Therapy, with a preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a recommended pre-requisite GPA of 3.0. The baccalaureate degree must be earned before enrolling into the program.
Resume should include a comprehensive outline of your student and volunteer achievements and all honors and awards
Recommendations from a licensed physical therapist, an academic source, and one other professional or academic reference. See Admissions Page for form.
GRE Exam Score Report is required of all applicants. Official score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - www.gre.org. Please use Indiana State University institution code: 1322. All GRE scores must fall within the past 5 years.
Physical Therapy Observation/Experience is required. You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
Personal Interview with members of the Physical Therapy admissions committee is required.
* For more Programmatic and Admissions information, please see the additional tabs in the left navigation.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.
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