Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hear about our DPT program


Notice to Applicants

We require all students applying to our program (2023-2024 Application Cycle) to attend an Open House:

Virtual Open House - November 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm and In-Person Open House - September 30, 2023 from 10:30 am - Noon. All PTCAS Applicants will receive an email closer to the dates to register for their choice of open house.

Applicants MUST email us to RSVP.
Once an applicant's email is received, further instructions (expectations, zoom link etc) will be provided 


Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2019

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
2022-2023 3.7 3.5 149 151 28 8
2021-2022 3.7 3.6 149 151 25 10
2020-2021 3.7 3.6 150 151 19 3


  • 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

    • 60 observation hours are required. Two different clinical settings are required. (See PTCAS for details.)

  • Acuity Insights - Admissions Assessments of Non-cognitive Skills

  • Application Deadline - Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2023 for the DPT class entering Summer of 2024. 

    • 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 2024 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning in July 15, 2023. 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:
      • Mrs. Regina Zerkel - 812-237-4978
      • Email us


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.