Graduate Admission

The DPT application cycle each year is July 1 through October 16. Applications for summer 2018 entry will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017.

All applications to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Evansville must be made through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

University of Evansville does not require a supplemental application packet. Additional information can be found on the PTCAS website. If you have questions regarding admissions, please contact the program administrator at js698@evansville.edu.

Application and Admission Requirements

Admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is selective. Admission decisions are made based on evaluation of cumulative GPA, prerequisite science and math GPA, professional recommendations, written application assessment, personal interview, physical therapy observations, knowledge of the profession, and an on-campus writing assessment. Applicants will be ranked by total points achieved for academics, application assessment and interview.

Transcript Assessment

Transcripts are assessed to determine whether or not, at time of application, the applicant has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of at least four of the seven prerequisite science courses with a grade of C or higher. A C- does not meet this requirement.
    • All remaining prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculating into the DPT Program.
  • Prerequisite math and science grade point average of 3.0 or higher. (Science GPA Calculator)
  • 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 math and science prerequisite GPA.
  • A copy of all college transcripts must be submitted with your application.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Prerequisite Coursework

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure completion of coursework equivalent to the following prerequisite courses. The applicant must indicate on the application all prerequisite courses that are not complete at time of application, as well as the applicant’s plan to complete the courses prior to matriculating into the DPT Program if selected. For questions regarding prerequisite course equivalency, contact Jennifer Simon at js698@evansville.edu.

  • 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)
    • Because the University of Evansville offers only one semester of general chemistry (CHEM 118), the only option for UE students is to take organic chemistry (CHEM 240) to complete two semesters of chemistry required for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. At other institutions, two semesters of general chemistry will fulfill the requirement.
  • Physics 121 and 122 - 8 semester hours - (1 year general physics with lab)
  • Psychology 121 - 3 semester hours
  • Physical Therapy 100 - 1 semester hour (medical terminology)
  • Sociology 105 - 3 semester hours is strongly recommended but not required
  • Statistics QM 227 - 3 semester hours

For questions regarding prerequisite course equivalency, contact Jennifer Simon at js698@evansville.edu.

Application Assessment

Application materials will be assessed by a Selection Committee. Applications will be assessed based on: evidence of responsibility, teamwork and leadership, understanding of the profession, professional recommendations, observational experiences (including total hours and number of facilities), additional exploration of the profession and an essay.

  • A minimum of 40 hours of physical therapy observations with licensed physical therapists is required for University of Evansville applicants on the 3+3 track. A minimum of 60 hours must be completed by all other applicants.
    • At least 20 hours of observations should be completed during each year.
    • At least two different types of physical therapy settings must be included in the total hours.
  • Two professional recommendations are required. One recommendation must be completed by a physical therapist and one by a professor from whom the candidate has taken at least one course.
    • If the candidate is unable to obtain a recommendation from a professor, the second recommendation may be completed by another health care professional. The candidate will be asked explain why he or she was unable to obtain a recommendation from a professor.
  • The application essay will be scored based on: structure, grammar/mechanics, language, and content/information.

Interview

Qualified applicants will be invited to campus for DPT Interview Day. DPT Interview Day will be held on January 5, 2018. An individual interview will be conducted. An on-campus writing assessment will be administered prior to the interview.

Admission into the DPT Program

Qualified applicants will be ranked by points achieved for cumulative grade point average, math and science prerequisite grade point average, application and interview. Additional points will be added for undergraduate course work successfully completed at the University of Evansville.

Qualified applicants who are not selected for admission will be placed on a wait list. If a selected applicant declines our offer of admission, the top ranked, wait listed applicant will be offered a position. The wait list will be maintained until June 1, 2018.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Admitted University of Evansville applicants on the 3+3 track must complete a 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 into the program will be delayed. All other admitted students must compete a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the DPT Program.

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 a candidate from entering the DPT Program, completing a DPT degree or securing licensure after graduation.

Proof of Health Insurance

Physical therapy students must have health insurance.

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

Office Phone:
812-488-1209

Office E-mail:
pt@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 233, Wallace Graves Hall