University of Evansville

Physical Therapy

Students in UE’s Department of Physical Therapy work in the state-of-the-art Dunigan Movement Analysis Lab.

Admission for Second Degree Seeking and Transfer Students

Students come to the University of Evansville (UE) and our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program with different experiences. Second degree seeking students have completed the physical therapy prerequisite courses and hold bachelor's degrees. Transfer students have completed some college course work but need to finish their DPT prerequisite courses and/or undergraduate degrees. Whichever is your case, UE can help you achieve your educational goals.


Second Degree Seeking Students

Second degree seeking students are those students who have completed or plan to complete a bachelor's degree at another university.

Pre-Professional Requisite Courses

Prerequisite courses, with the exception of Medical Terminology, must be successfully completed prior to entering the professional program. Medical Terminology must be completed prior to PT 561, Clinical I. All science courses must be designed for science majors. Other designs will not be accepted. Four of the seven science prerequisites must be completed at time of application. A grade of C or higher is required for all coursework. A science and math prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to be considered for admission. Only two prerequisite courses may be repeated, with the exception of Medical Terminology.

The pre-professional requisite courses are listed below. To determine if the courses you have taken or plan to take meet our requirements, email your transcripts and prerequisite course descriptions to Jeannette Oakley, at jo29@evansville.edu. Mrs. Oakley will conduct a transcript evaluation for you.

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

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 ranked by the points they receive for their GPA, application and interview. The top ranking applicants will be offered admission. Qualified applicants, who are not selected for admission 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 notified. The wait list will be maintained until June 1.

The DPT program begins in mid-June.  Summer coursework ends in early August.

Transcript Assessment: You must submit transcripts from all institutions in which college credit has been earned. You must have a 2.75/4.0 or higher prerequisite science and math GPA, a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, have completed at least four of the seven science prerequisite courses and earned a grade of C or higher in all of your undergraduate coursework to be considered for admission.

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

Letters of Recommendation: You must submit two 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. Standard recommendation forms are available on the Requirements and Application page of this site.

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

Interview: Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview will be scored based on the your creativity and flexibility, initiative/decision making ability, interpersonal relations, affective behavior, appearance, poise, oral expression of ideas, understanding of physical therapy, and a writing task which will be administered prior to the interview.

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

Admission criteria are subject to change.


Transfer Students

Transfer Students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree at UE have several options. Depending on the number of transferable credits an additional two or three years may be necessary to complete all prerequisite and undergraduate requirements. Transfer students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a faculty member from their intended undergraduate area of study to familiarize themselves with course and degree requirements. To schedule an appointment, contact our Office of Admission by e-mail at admission@evansville.edu.

To apply for admission to the University, you should complete the Transfer Application for Admission and Scholarship available online. Students should indicate on the application the undergraduate degree they wish to pursue, as well as the intention of pursuing the DPT degree. Applications and supporting documents will be evaluated by a counselor in the Office of Admission.

Students apply for admission into the DPT Program during the fall semester of their last year of undergraduate study. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission into the DPT Program. However, during the selection process, additional points will be awarded for undergraduate coursework successfully completed at UE.

Pre-Professional Requisite Courses

Prerequisite courses, with the exception of Medical Terminology, must be taken prior to admittance into the professional program. All science courses must be designed for science majors. Other designs will not be accepted. Four of the seven science prerequisites must be completed at time of application. A grade of C or higher is required for all coursework. A science and math prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required to be considered for admission.  Only two prerequisite courses may be repeated, with the exception of Medical Terminology.

The pre-professional requisite courses are listed below. To determine if courses you have taken or plan to take to meet our requirements, email the course descriptions and the name(s) of the university or college to our transcript evaluator, Jeannette Oakley, at jo29@evansville.edu.

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)

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. 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 notified.

Admission criteria are subject to change.

To arrange a campus visit, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@evansville.edu.

The Department of Physical Therapy reserves the right to make final decisions concerning all admission criteria.