University of Evansville

Physical Therapy

At UE, Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete 1200 hours of full-time, in-the-clinic experience. Physical Therapist Assistant students complete 720 hours.

Freshman and Direct Entry Admission

Undergraduate Application - To be completed by high school seniors. Indicate on the application the undergraduate degree you plan to complete, as well as your intent to pursue the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

The University of Evansville (UE) offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This six or seven year curriculum involves three years (3+3 track) or four years (4+3 track) of prerequisite and undergraduate coursework followed by three years (nine semesters including summers) of professional study.

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.
  • Direct entry admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is available to high school seniors.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy student have the opportunity to join the Physical Therapy (PT) Club. PT Club members are current DPT students and undergraduate students who plan to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
  • Freshman pre-physical therapy students are assigned a PT advisor in addition to an undergraduate advisor.
  • Physical Therapy students receive their UE merit-based scholarship throughout undergraduate and graduate studies, as long as all renewal criteria are met. View full financial aid policy.
  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad at Harlaxton College in England for a full academic semester (4+3 track) or a five-week summer session (3+3 track).

Direct Entry Admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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 must submit an undergraduate application to the university by November 1, score 27 or higher on the ACT, or a combined score of 1200 or higher on the math and critical reading sections of the SAT, or a combined three-part score of 1800 or higher on the SAT. A minimum score of 500 on each section is required. If you meet the requirements, you will be invited to DE Day which will take place on the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Deadlines and requirements are firm.

Individual interviews and other activities will take place on Direct Entry Day. We recommend that you increase your knowledge of the physical therapy profession through independent exploration and physical therapy observations prior to your direct entry interview.

If you are selected for direct entry, a seat will be reserved for you in the DPT Program. You will enter the DPT Program after you have completed three years (3+3 track) or four years (4+3 track) of DPT prerequisite and undergraduate coursework.

To matriculate into the DPT Program as a direct entry student you must...

  • achieve a 3.35 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) by the end of the summer following your sophomore year in college (3+3 track) or junior year (4+3 track). A GPA of 3.35 or higher must be maintained through the fall semester of the junior year (3+3 track) or senior year (4+3 track).
  • achieve a 3.0 or higher math and science prerequisite course GPA by the end of the summer following the sophomore year (3+3 track) or junior year (4+3 track). A prerequisite math and science GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained through the fall semester of the junior year (3+3 track) or senior year (4+3 track).
    • Only two of the prerequisite courses may be repeated with the exception of medical terminology. The highest grade achieved for a repeated math or science prerequisite course will be used in calculating your prerequisite science and math GPA.
    • Grades and actual credit hours achieved for prerequisite coursework taken at other institutions will be used to calculate your prerequisite math and science GPA.
  • earn a grade of C or higher in all undergraduate coursework. Note: A grade of C- does not meet this requirement.
  • complete four of the seven science prerequisite courses by the end of the summer following your sophomore year (3+3 track) or junior year (4+3 track).
    • All remaining prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of C, not C-, or higher prior to entering the DPT Program.
  • be involved in at least one campus activity each semester.
  • complete a minimum of 40 hours of exposure to physical therapy through observation, volunteer work or employment by the end of the summer following your sophomore year (3+3 track) or 60 hours by the end of the summer following your junior year (4+3 track). On average, 20 hours of physical therapy observations must be completed each year. At least two different types of physical therapy settings must be represented in the total hours.
  • submit the following documents to the Department of Physical Therapy no later than September 15, in the fall of your junior year (3+3 track) or senior year (4+3 track) of college.
    • Direct Entry Verification Form
    • All college transcripts
      • An unofficial copy of your UE transcripts is acceptable.
    • Activities transcripts
    • Verification of degree completion

Bachelor’s Degree Completion

You must complete your bachelor’s degree prior to entering PT 561, Clinical I, which takes place in the summer following the first year of the DPT Program. If a degree is not completed, progression in the program will be delayed.

Direct Entry Admission Verification Form

Direct entry candidates who plan to enter the DPT Program in summer 2017 must submit a Direct Entry Verification Form and accompanying materials by September 15, 2016.

Criminal Background Checks

A criminal background check is required as a condition of acceptance into the DPT Program and annually thereafter. A positive result may prohibit you from entering the DPT Program, completing a DPT degree or securing licensure after graduation.

Health Insurance

Physical therapy students must have health insurance.

Admission criteria are subject to change.

Admission into the DPT Program for University of Evansville Students

High school students interested in the DPT program, but who are not candidates for Direct Entry, will follow University admission procedures and complete an undergraduate application.

During your first three (3+3 track) or four years (4+3 track), you will complete undergraduate and pre-professional requisite coursework. You will submit your application for admission into the DPT program in the fall of your junior year of college (3+3 track) or senior year (4+3 track).

3+3 and 4+3 Track Options

3+3 track: (3 years of undergraduate and prerequisite coursework + 3 years of professional (DPT) coursework) Three years of undergraduate coursework is best suited for students who meet Direct Entry (DE) admission criteria and seek an undergraduate degree in either Exercise Science or Interdisciplinary Studies or Public Health.

4+3 track: (4 years of undergraduate and prerequisite coursework +3 years of professional DPT coursework) Four years of undergraduate study may promote a richer educational experience for students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training or Health Services Administration; who desire to study abroad at Harlaxton for a full semester, or who want to participate in Division I athletics. Other undergraduate degrees are possible as long as the physical therapy prerequisite courses are completed. Five years of undergraduate study may be necessary for Division I athletes who pursue an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training.

Both undergraduate options are followed by three years of professional study and culminate in the awarding of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

Undergraduate Degree Options

One of the earliest decisions you will make is whether you want to combine your professional Physical Therapy degree with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health Services Administration with a Business Minor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Health or Public Health with a Nutrition emphasis. Other areas of study are also possible, though it might take an additional semester or two to complete all of your undergraduate and prerequisite requirements.

Athletic Training (4+3 track)

The certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and skilled allied health professional. In cooperation with physicians and other allied health personnel, the ATC functions as an integral member of the health care team for the physically active. Traditionally, secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, and professional sports teams have employed ATCs. ATCs are rapidly expanding their employment into new settings such as physician offices, health and wellness centers, and industry.

The athletic training major is designed for those individuals who are seeking certification as an athletic trainer from the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC). The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the accrediting body for many allied health professions such as athletic training. The University of Evansville is currently meeting all standards for accreditation as described by CAAHEP.

The bachelor's degree program prepares the student for the challenges that will be encountered as an allied health professional. This includes the integration of a strong liberal arts and science foundation with problem solving and clinical skill development. The concurrent clinical education model allows the student to gain extensive practical experience. The majority of clinical education occurs while working with the University's 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Convenient off campus assignments with clinical and high school based athletic trainers, as well as physicians exist to ensure a well-rounded practical experience.

Exercise Science (3+3 track or 4+3 track)

The Exercise Science major (pre-professional track) comprises a strong natural science curriculum that focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to healthy, injured and high-risk populations. As an applied discipline, the Exercise Science major emphasizes an experiential approach in which the goal is to understand the physiological and biomechanical consequences of human movement. Due to the emphasis on the sciences in this curriculum, the pre-professional track is an excellent major for further study in physical therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, medicine, podiatry, occupational therapy, and other professional schools. In addition, graduates with the degree Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (pre-professional) are prepared for employment in clinical or hospital settings, health and wellness intervention programs, and other health-related careers.

Health Services Administration with Business Minor (4+3 track)

Health Services Administration students study a cross-section of business issues and health services. Health care administrators need to understand business concepts as well as health related aspects of care delivery. Students focus on health care ethics, planning, finance, marketing, and health care management.

The changes in health care in recent years have created a need for managers who can deal with a multitude of challenges specific to the health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health services administrators is projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the next five to ten years. Health Care Administrators are employed by a wide variety of organizations including hospitals, managed care companies, outpatient care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, mental health organizations, public health agencies and any organization that has a stake in health care today.

Interdisciplinary Studies (3+3 track or 4+3 track)

This undergraduate major is designed for the individual who may have a variety of interests, an unusual career goal, or a highly focused career goal. The key word when discussing the Interdisciplinary Studies major is flexibility. A major in Interdisciplinary Studies allows the student, with guidance from an advisor and approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies committee, to select courses from at least two distinct academic disciplines. The disciplines must be supportive of each other. The student is required to explain to the committee how the areas are mutually supportive, and how completion of the planned courses will enable the student to achieve the student's personal and professional goals.

For the student in the 3+3 track, three academic disciplines are required for the Interdisciplinary Studies major. The courses completed in the first year of the Physical Therapy professional program satisfy the requirements for one of the three areas. The student must complete a total of 39 credits in the other two disciplines, with at least twelve hours at the 300 or 400 level (i.e., junior or senior courses) in each discipline.

A sample program could include courses in Physical Therapy, Psychology, and Spanish. Psychology coursework could be Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Physiological Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Industrial Psychology. Spanish coursework could be two Elementary and two Intermediate Spanish courses, Business and Legal Spanish, Medical Spanish, and Social Issues in Hispanic Society. The Senior Seminar, which is required for all undergraduate degrees, would typically be completed in either Psychology or Spanish. However, any other discipline could be selected for the Senior Seminar.

Public Health or Public Health with a Nutrition Emphasis (3+3 or 4+3 track)

From disaster relief to air quality to disease prevention, public health professionals ensure a healthy, safe, and productive society. The B.S. in Public Health trains students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practices. Students learn about a range of issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, disease prevention, health communication and informatics, healthcare systems, and health behavior. Students will advance through employment or further education and become the new generation of public health professionals prepared and ready to protect and improve the health of the overall population.

Here are a number of reasons why you should major in Public Health at the University of Evansville:

  • The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. To replenish the workforce and avert the crisis, schools of public health will have to train three times the current number of graduates over the next 11 years.
  • The public health workforce is diminishing over time (there were 50,000 fewer public health workers in 2000 than in 1980), forcing public health workers to do more for more people with fewer resources. This challenge is compounded by the fact that 23% of the current workforce - almost 110,000 workers - are eligible to retire by 2012.
  • There are documented and forecasted shortages of public health physicians, public health nurses, epidemiologists, health care educators, and administrators. Without enough public health workers protecting us where we live, work and play, we all are vulnerable to serious health risks.
  • Success after graduation. You will have the adequate training necessary to find a career in public health or further your education by seeking admission to professional programs such as public health, physical therapy, medicine, law, business, and many more.

Criminal Background Checks

Annual criminal background checks are required for all physical therapy students. A positive result may prohibit a student from entering the DPT Program, completing his physical therapy degree or securing licensure after graduation.

Admission criteria are subject to change.

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