How do I apply and When do I apply
Applicants must submit the (PTCAS) The Physical Therapy Application Service and non-refundable Application Processing Fee to be eligible for admission. No incomplete applications will be considered, and no application materials will be accepted after the published deadline. The Application Processing Fee must be received before an application will be reviewed. The link to pay the fee online will be emailed to the applicant once we receive a completed PTCAS application. Due to the limited number of seats and our policy of offering admissions on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process early in our cycle. The application cycle runs from July through December each year. To be considered for our first interview day of the cycle, an applicant should have his/her application and all supporting materials submitted no later than mid September.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required
No, the GRE is not required, and scores will not be attached to applicant files nor considered in the admissions process.
What is the minimum GPA required for admission
The program requires that eligible candidates maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours of coursework as calculated by PTCAS and a minimum 3.0 GPA in required prerequisite coursework. Maintaining the minimum required GPA is not necessarily equivalent to achieving a competitive GPA. What is considered competitive varies according to the quality of the applicant pool during each application cycle. See our Class Profile.
How do I know if the Admissions Office has received my application and materials
Once you submit your online application and it has been verified through PTCAS, you will be sent an automated e-mail stating your application has been received with instructions on how to submit your application processing fee payment online.
From whom should I request recommendation letters
We suggest that you obtain at least one of your letters of recommendation from a physical therapist with whom you have worked or completed volunteer/observation hours. Other letters may be from professors, employers, community leaders, or other individuals who can offer insight into your academic record, your volunteer experience, your character and integrity, or your potential for success in a doctoral level program. All Letters must be submitted through PTCAS.
Do I have to have a bachelor's degree in order to be accepted for the DPT program
Yes. You must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States prior to matriculation into the program. Since our DPT program begins classes in mid-summer each year, your degree must be conferred by May prior to matriculation. Your degree may still be in progress at the time of your application.
Does it matter which school I attend to earn my bachelor's degree
No, but your bachelor's degrees must be obtained at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university to be deemed acceptable. Information regarding regional accreditation is available from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
What is the best major to have to prepare me for the DPT program
The Admissions Committee does not recommend a particular academic major or course of study for applicants. The Admissions Committee encourages you to pursue an undergraduate major that allows you to develop strong analytical skills and a basis in science which will contribute to your success in the DPT program. We recommend you choose a major or minor that allows you to easily integrate mandatory prerequisite coursework as well as strongly recommended coursework into your degree plan.
Are volunteer hours or work experience in Physical Therapy required
No, however, competitive applicants will have knowledge of the field. Exposure to a variety of PT settings is the best method for this knowledge acquisition.
How do I document my volunteer and work hours
You will account for your hours in the appropriate sections of the PTCAS application. Documentation and/or verification is not required. All information submitted in the online application must be true and accurate to the best of each applicant's knowledge. Any applicant or admitted student who provides misleading, untrue, or inaccurate information, including falsified volunteer, work, or shadowing hours submitted in the application will be subject to academic dishonesty and ethical policies.
Is an interview part of the admissions process
Yes. The DPT program typically invites the 100 most competitive applicants to an admissions interview. The most competitive applicants will be invited to the HSC at Fort Worth campus for an admissions interview-typically 10-15% of the applicant pool is invited. Interviews generally take place from September - December, but may end sooner if the class is filled. Early submission of your application can increase your chances of interview selection. Interview results are confidential and are considered in the competitive selection process.
Do you give preference to in-state applicants
Equal consideration is given to in-state and out-of-state applicants. Non-resident students pay non-resident tuition rates.