Physical Therapy

International Student Admission

Applicants interested in applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must obtain an evaluation of their educational background from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) to show that their education meets the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education's (CAPTE) education requirements.

Required English proficiency exam scores: minimum 88/90 (TOEFL IBT) or minimum 6.5 (IELTS)

For questions regarding International Admission, please contact the Office of International Admission at international@evansville.edu.

DPT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Applications for summer 2015 admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will be posted on August 1, 2014.

DPT Program Academic Requirements

Required prerequisite courses, with the exception of medical terminology, must be successfully completed prior to admittance into the professional program. Medical terminology must be completed within the first year of the DPT Program. All science courses must be designed for science majors. Other designs will not be accepted. Four of the seven science prerequisite courses must be successfully completed at time of application. Once established as a UE student only 10 credit hours of coursework may be completed at other institutions. A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework. A 2.75 or higher prerequisite science and math GPA and a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA is required to be considered for admission to the program. Two prerequisite courses may be repeated using the highest grade when calculating the prerequisite science and math GPA. Additional points will be calculated during the selection process for credit hours completed at UE.

Pre-Professional Requisite Courses

  • Biology 107+* - 4 semester hours - (1 semester general biology with lab)
  • Exercise Science 112* and 113* - 8 semester hours - (1 year anatomy and physiology with lab)
  • Chemistry 118+* and 240* - 8 semester hours - (1 semester general chemistry with lab and 1 semester organic chemistry with lab)
  • Physics 121+* and 122* - 8 semester hours - (1 year general physics with lab)
  • Math 105** - 3 semester hours - (1 semester college algebra) or demonstrated proficiency Psychology 121++ - 3 semester hours
  • Physical Therapy 100 - 1 semester hour (medical terminology)
  • Sociology 105-3 semester hours is strongly recommended but not required

* Science prerequisite
** Math 105 fulfills the physical therapy prerequisite and the University general education requirement
+ Meets natural sciences general education requirement
++ Meets human behavior and society general education requirement

APPLICATION SUBMISSION, ASSESSMENT OF MATERIALS AND OFFERS OF ADMISSION

Admission into the professional program is selective; 40 students are admitted each year. Qualified applicants are scored and ranked by total points they receive for GPA, application and interview. Admission will be offered to the top 40 applicants. The remaining qualified applicants will be placed on a wait list. Wait listed applicants will be notified of their ranking. If a selected applicant declines our offer of admission, the top ranked wait listed applicant will be offered admission. The wait list will be maintained until June 1.

The program begins in mid-June with Physical Therapy 431, Gross Anatomy, and Physical Therapy 441, Clinical and Professional Issues I (summer coursework ends in early August)

Transcript Assessment: Applicants submit transcripts from all institutions in which college credit has been earned. Applicants who have a 2.75/4.0 or higher prerequisite science and math GPA, a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, at least four of the seven science prerequisite courses completed and earned a grade of C or higher in all of their undergraduate coursework will have their application assessed. Two of the science prerequisite courses may be repeated. The highest grade achieved will be calculated into the science and math GPA. Four of the seven science prerequisite courses must be completed at time of application.

Application Assessment: Applicants who meet the academic requirements will have their application assessed by two members of the Selection Committee. The application will be assessed based on evidence of responsibility, teamwork and leadership, understanding of the profession, letters of recommendation, observational experiences, and essay. Qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview.

Letters of Recommendation: One of the recommendations must be completed by a physical therapist the applicant has observed, the second must be from a professor the applicant has had for at least one course.

Observations: Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation time under the supervision of a physical therapist. At least two different types of settings must be represented in the total hours. Demonstration of knowledge and understanding the physical therapy profession is assessed through the written application and interview. Individuals must be aware that there are state practice acts which govern the practice of physical therapy and that these laws may limit the responsibilities of a physical therapy technician or aide. Observation hours may be obtained through employment or volunteer work. Employment does not mean direct patient care, but rather experience in a health care setting.

Essay: The application essay will be assessed based on: clarity of ideas, introductory paragraph, summary of ideas, topic sentences, writing style (active voice, grammar, punctuation and spelling), extent to which the question was answered.

Dean of Students Recommendation: The dean of student's recommendation should be from the college or university most recently attended.

Interview: Applicants who meet the academic and application requirements will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview will be assessed based on the applicant's: creativity and flexibility, initiative/decision making ability, interpersonal relations, affective behavior, appearance, poise, oral expression of ideas, understanding of physical therapy, writing task which will be administered prior to the interview.

The interview writing task will be assessed based on: clarity of ideas, introductory paragraph, summary of ideas, topic sentences, writing style (active voice, grammar, punctuation and spelling), extent to which the question was answered.

Admission criteria are subject to change.

Please note: The Doctor of Physical Therapy requires annual criminal background checks for all students in the program. A positive result may prohibit a student from completing his degree or securing licensure after graduation.

More Information

If you have questions, please contact the Office of International Admission at international@evansville.edu.

Please note: Admission criteria are subject to change.