Doctor of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2018

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide a supportive, student-focused learning environment that encourages and educates individuals to develop into compassionate, clinically and culturally competent licensed physical therapists who are productive citizens. The physical therapy curriculum will allow opportunities for scholarship, community engagement, and professional service, in addition to in-depth learning in human movement. The program will emphasize ways in which future physical therapists can contribute to the health equity of all, including rural and/or underserved populations.


  • GRE

    • We are waiving the required minimum GRE score of 290. However, all applicants are required to submit GRE Scores. We encourage you to review the average scores of previous cohorts to determine competitiveness.   
  GPA Pre-Req
  GRE (v) GRE (q)   IN Resident ISU
2020 3.7 3.6 150 151 19 3
2019 3.7 3.6 151 153 18 6
2018 3.5 3.5 151 152 16 4


  • Pass/Fail Coursework

    • We recognize that COVID-19 has changed academic plans across the country in ways that are outside of the student’s control.  Our program will accept pass/fail grades for Spring 2020 courses with no disadvantage to the applicant. To enable us to make informed admission decisions, we do encourage as much coursework as possible be taken which is traditionally graded(vs. pass/fail); this is especially true of our prerequisites.
  • Observation Hours

    • We realize that due to the difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be difficult for applicants to accumulate the necessary 60 hours of observation. For the 2021-22 application cycle, we are being flexible with the minimal required observation hours.  Applicants who do not meet the minimal required hours are expected to explain any special circumstances which prevented completion of this requirement. Within the PTCAS application, applicants are encouraged to explain how they were personally or professionally affected by COVID-19.

  • Altus Suite - Admissions Assessments of Non-cognitive Skills

  • Application Deadline - Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021 for the DPT class entering Summer of 2022.

  • Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2021 for the DPT class entering Summer of 2022.  Please have all GRE scores sent to our NEW program specific code:  1710 - Indiana St U PTCAS

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Indiana State University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS.  

  • Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2022 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning in July 1, 2021. Learn more at the PTCAS website.
  • Requirements

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • GRE Scores
    • Observation hours

      • Verification of observation hours is required. Applicants are encouraged to have their PT observation hours verified electronically through PTCAS at the time they apply, rather than use a paper form. However, paper forms uploaded as an attachments to the PTCAS application are also accepted.
    • Interview dates pending.
    • Admission Requirements / Prerequisite Courses
    • For additional information, please contact:
      • ​Dr. Jeremy Houser - 812-237-8336


Frequently Asked Questions

University Catalog - Required Courses

Costs and Aid

Additional DPT Program Expenses

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DPT Technical Requirements

DPT Program Outcomes


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Indiana State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 812-237-4428 or email


* Provide feedback about the ISU DPT Program to Howell Tapley, PT, PhD, OCS, Program Director.