Frequently Asked Questions

What classes should I take in high school?

It is important that you have a strong background in science to prepare you for the pre-professional requisite courses. Taking high school biology, chemistry, and physics is strongly advised. Courses in math and communication are also recommended.

Does your program offer direct entry admission?

Yes. If you are a high school senior and wish to be considered for Direct Entry (DE) admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, you should submit an undergraduate application to the University by January 15, answer the PT Program’s essay question, and meet one of the following standardized test scores.

  • ACT score of 26 or higher
  • Composite score of 1240 or higher on the SAT

If you meet the requirements, you will be invited to DE Day.

DE candidates will be ranked and selected for admission utilizing weighted high school GPA, standardized test scores, and their interview.

  • We recommend that you increase your knowledge of the PT profession through independent exploration and observations prior to submitting your direct entry application.
  • If you are chosen for direct entry, a spot will be reserved for you in the DPT Program if you meet of all of these requirements.
If I am not direct entry, what are some of the advantages in attending UE for my bachelor’s degree?

There are many advantages for completing your bachelor's degree at UE.

  • UE provides a strong undergraduate curriculum and nurturing environment.
  • The average class size for undergraduate classes is 18, and the student to faculty ratio is 13:1.
  • You will have the opportunity to join the PT Club as a freshman.
  • You will be assigned a physical therapy advisor in addition to your undergraduate advisor.
  • You will receive extra points during the selection process for course work completed at UE. The points will be added to your total score achieved during the selection process.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad at Harlaxton College for a full academic semester or a five week summer session depending on your selected undergraduate track.
How many hours of physical therapy observation do I need?

If you are a high school student considering a career in physical therapy, we encourage you to increase your knowledge of the profession through independent exploration. This will help you decide if a career in physical therapy is right for you. As an undergraduate pre-professional student, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of physical therapy observation if you are on the 3+3 track or 60 hours if you pursue the 4+3 track. At least two types of settings must be represented in the total hours. Keep records of your experiences in terms of the names of facilities, hours worked, dates, the names of the physical therapists observed, and the types of patients observed.

What can I do to increase my chances of being admitted into the DPT program?

The selection committee is looking for well-rounded students who have exposure and understanding of the physical therapy profession, a strong academic background and good communication skills. Therefore, you should be involved in campus activities and organizations, obtain knowledge of the physical therapy profession through independent exploration and excel in the classroom.

What is the average GPA for those students accepted into the PT program?

The average cumulative GPA is 3.6/4.0. The average prerequisite science and math GPA is 3.4/4.0.

How many freshmen come to the University of Evansville for physical therapy?

Approximately 65 freshmen enter the University each year with the intent to pursue physical therapy.

How many applications do you receive for the DPT Program?

Approximately 300 applications are received each year.

How many students do you admit into the DPT Program each year?

We admit 46 students each year.

How do you select students for the program?

The student's overall GPA, prerequisite science and math GPA, exposure to and understanding of the physical therapy profession, campus involvement, commitment to learning, history of leadership, letters of recommendation, and strong writing and interpersonal skills are taken into consideration by the selection committee when selecting students for the DPT program.

Do I need to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE)?

In a profession such as law, medicine or physical therapy, an entry-level degree is the first degree one must have to practice and be licensed in the profession.

Where are UE's clinical sites, including international sites?

There are approximately 200 clinical sites in the United States. International clinical experiences may be available in Argentina, Belize, England, Jamaica, Italy, Mexico, and Taiwan. As immigration requirements change frequently, these opportunities may not be available on an annual basis.

May I study abroad at Harlaxton College in England?

If you are on the 3+3 track (three years of undergraduate study, three years professional DPT program) you may have the opportunity to study at Harlaxton for a five week summer session. If you pursue the 4+3 track (four years undergraduate study, three years professional program) you may have the opportunity to study abroad for a full academic semester or a five week summer session. The Harlaxton study abroad opportunity is available to undergraduate students only. Study abroad clinical opportunities may be available to professional students.

May I be in the Athletic Training Program as well?

The University offers a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. A limited number of positions are available to physical therapy students who wish to pursue athletic training as their undergraduate major. Four years of undergraduate study is necessary to complete the athletic training Program. Five years of undergraduate course work will be necessary if you participate in Division I athletics.

May I participate in Division I athletics?

Students who participate in Division I athletics should pursue the 4+3 track (4 years of undergraduate study, 3 years of professional course work). Five years of undergraduate course work may be necessary for athletic training majors.

What is the difference between PT and PTA in terms of the programs and the professional roles?

The physical therapist is the professional and makes the decisions relative to patient care. The assistant provides more of the hands-on care and is considered a paraprofessional.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?

Physical therapists concentrate on the patient's ability to move and the movement dysfunctions which can develop after the body is injured. Occupational therapists help increase the patient's ability to perform activities of daily life such as returning to home or work after an injury.

What are the areas of specialty within the field?

Areas of specialty include orthopedics, pediatrics, neurologic treatment, sports medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, biomechanics, and electrophysiology. The University prepares graduates for general practice. Specialization and advanced degrees are available for practicing clinicians.

What is the job market like for physical therapists?

PT employment is expected to grow by 36% through 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).

Where do physical therapists practice?

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Are college quarter hours transferable?

Yes, but we will recalculate to equate with the semester system.

Can I complete the DPT program on a part-time basis?

The DPT Program is a three year full-time commitment. We do not offer a part-time option.