Preparing for Physical Therapy School
This section provides advice on preparing for Physical Therapy programs. While this page includes information specific to the IU PT program, the guidelines and strategies explained throughout are widely applicable, regardless of which programs you intend to pursue. IUB students and alumni successfully apply to programs all around the country.
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Description of the Profession
Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed healthcare practitioners who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the aged. PTs evaluate and develop treatment interventions for persons with health problems resulting from injuries, illness and disease. Their patients have medical problems or health-related conditions which limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs help individuals restore and maintain overall fitness and health by using physical and mechanical means. They also work with other health care providers to reach these goals. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work-place settings, and nursing homes.
Skills and characteristics important to the PT profession
Physical therapists must possess problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, patience, manual dexterity, physical stamina, and the ability to work closely with a variety of people. PTs must work well independently, as well as with a team of care givers. From initial examination and evaluation through the discharge of a patient or client, the physical therapist's responsibility is to work with the individual to ensure maximal function. A love of lifelong learning, a positive attitude, and an outgoing personality would serve you well in this field.
As a prospective DPT student, you should take courses which develop your critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills; which expand your understanding of social, cultural, emotional, and mental development; and which strengthen your science skills. You must also be willing to (and hopefully want to) work with people of all ages, in varying conditions of health, in both inpatient and critical care settings. We encourage you to develop and hone these skills throughout high school and college, through coursework and volunteer opportunities, or through employment in PT settings.
Choosing an Appropriate Pre-PT Degree/Major
A bachelors degree, along with prerequisite courses and other admission requirements, is required for admission to all DPT programs. While it is easier to work the PT prerequisites into some degrees/majors than others, most offer adequate flexibility. In addition, most DPT programs, including Indiana University's, have no preference as to what degree/major applicants complete! Using the tips, guidelines, and resources at Choosing an Appropriate Degree/Major, you may be surprised how quickly you can narrow the field and move toward the options that are best for you!
Course Requirements for Physical Therapy Programs
The courses required for admission vary from one physical therapy program to another. All programs will require some coursework in sciences such as physics, chemistry, physiology and anatomy. Additional courses required vary from program to program. We encourage you to begin doing program research early on to determine the courses you should take for the PT programs where you plan to apply. Below you'll find a section that provides information on the courses that are required for admission to the Indiana University Physical Therapy program. Also below you'll find a section with information on other courses that are commonly required by some PT programs. Consult related information and resources on the Researching Accredited Programs page, where you will find important guidelines and tips, as well as links to the official lists of accredited PT programs. Using these resources will save you time and labor. We strongly recommend applying to 6 to 8 programs if at all possible.
Course Requirements for Indiana University Physical Therapy Program
The following coursework is required for admission to the Indiana University Physical Therapy Program. The left hand column shows the program’s requirement and the right hand column shows courses at IU Bloomington that can be used to fulfill the requirement.
All prerequisite courses listed below must be a minimum of three credit hours (with the exception of Medical Terminology, which is a minimum 1 credit hour). Coursework must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. All science courses must be a course for science majors and include a lab.
IU PT Program Requirement
IU Bloomington course(s) that fulfill the requirement
Human Anatomy with Lab1
Human Physiology with Lab1
PHSL-P 215 or BIOL-P 451
General Chemistry I with Lab1
General Chemistry II with Lab1
General Physics I with Lab1
PHYS-P 201 or 221
General Physics II with Lab 1
PHYS-P 202 or 222
Life Span/Human Development Psychology2
SPH-F 150 or EDUC-P 314 or PSY-P 315
Statistics (must include descriptive and inferential) 1
STAT-S 303 or STAT-S 300 or PSY-K 300 or equivalent course
1 Courses must be at an appropriate level for science majors.
2 Course must include entire lifespan of human development from conception to death (infant to old age); multiple courses may be required.
3 Course required prior to matriculation, but not to admission.
At the time of application, no more than one prerequisite can be remaining for completion as of October 1.
Additional Prerequisite Course Notes:
1. Statistics courses generally assume minimum proficiency at the MATH-M 014 (algebra) level, but some assume more previous math experience. For instance, finite math is a suggested prerequisite for SPEA-K300; either finite math or calculus is recommended prior to PSY-K 300; MATH-M 119 or equivalent calculus is a prerequisite for MATH- K 310. Double-check bulletins and course descriptions for detailed prerequisite information, as prerequisites vary, and can change unexpectedly.
2. PSY-P 151, PSY-P 155 (generally recommended only for psychology majors), or P106 (Hutton Honors College students only) may substitute for P101.
3. EDUC-P 314 Life Span Development prerequisite: PSY-P 155 or P106 by itself; or PSY-P 101. (See note 4 re. P155 and 106.)
4. PSY-P 315 Developmental Psychology prerequisite: PSY-P 155 or P106 by itself; or PSY-P 101 and 102, or P151 and P152. (See note 4 re. P155 and 106.)
5. Prerequisite for PHYS-P 201 is competence in basic trigonometry; for example, rigorous high school trig, or IUB's Math-M 26. Prerequisite or corequisite for PHYS-P 221 is MATH-M 211.
Requirements for Other Physical Therapy Programs
In addition to the courses listed above, following are some common additional courses that may be required by some PT programs. Different programs require different prerequisites. Below are some of the common additional requirements you may encounter as you research programs. You will not know what prerequisites you need until you are sure where you will apply. If you need clarification regarding a given program's prerequisites, you must contact the program directly.
Consult related information and resources on the Researching Accredited Programs page, where you will find important guidelines and tips, as well as links to the official lists of accredited PT programs. Using these resources will save you time and labor.
Many PT programs require coursework in biology. Most commonly, programs sometimes require one year of biology with lab. For these programs, BIOL-L 111, 112, and 113 or BIOL-L 112, 113, 211 would likely be appropriate choices to fulfill the requirement. Some programs will accept non-major-level courses like BIOL-L 104 or 100. If a program only requires lecture but not lab, then BIOL-L 113 would not be necessary.
Some Physical Therapy programs require exercise physiology coursework in addition to or instead of Human Physiology. For these programs SPH-K 409 Basic Physiology of Exercise may fulfill the requirement (P: ANAT-A 215 or SPH-K 205, and PHSL-P 215).
Additional Chemistry Coursework
Some physical therapy programs require organic chemistry coursework. Many programs explicitly state that prerequisites must be major-level courses. If a program requires major-level organic chemistry, depending on how any credits of lecture and/or lab are needed you should select from the sequence of CHEM-C 341, CHEM-C 342 and CHEM-C 343.
Some Physical Therapy programs that require medical terminology require a class such as CLAS-C 209, but some will accept a non-credit-bearing online med terms certificate.
Some Physical Therapy programs require a course in Abnormal Psychology, for which PSY-P 324 would be a likely choice to fulfill the requirement (P: PSY-P 101 and 102, or P155 or 106).
Some Physical Therapy programs require a course in Biomechanics. For these programs, SPH-K 391 would be a likely choice to fulfill the requirement.
Researching Accredited Physical Therapy Programs
Thoroughly utilize the HPPLC PT Researching Accredited Programs page throughout your preprofessional process. It includes important guidelines and tips for identifying accredited programs, deciding where to apply, organizing your research process, finding programs for which your GPA is competitive, and much more. Use only the lists of programs linked from that page. Other lists are incomplete, outdated, and driven by marketing. Be sure to research and consider both PTCAS and non-PTCAS programs.
Use this Prerequisite Research Planning Tool to help you track requirements as you research programs.
Guidelines for Planning Your Prerequisites
Below, we've assembled some important guidelines to help you plan your prerequisites efficiently, while avoiding common oversights:
- Different PT programs have different requirements and enforce different policies. Thoroughly research programs to plan your prerequisites, the admission requirements, the timing of your courses, and the timing of the application itself.
- Each PT program has its own set of prerequisites, and we urge you to research and apply to multiple programs.
- All programs set deadlines for when prereqs need to be completed, and many of them limit the number of prerequisites you can have remaining at the time you apply. Therefore, research programs early on and consult each of your programs' sites to confirm their prereq deadline. (For IU PT's most current policy, consult the IU SHRS Admission Requirements page.)
- Most programs require at least a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisites ("C-" not acceptable), and some may have higher minimum.
- Avoid online lab courses, as most programs will not accept them!
- Most people should avoid overlapping the 5-credit lecture/lab courses. Students usually struggle when they take these classes in the same semester. Avoiding this overlap more or less necessitates consistently taking one 5-credit class each semester.
- All programs set deadlines for when prereqs need to be completed, and many limit the number of prerequisites you can have remaining incomplete at the time you apply. Therefore, research programs early on and consult each of your programs' sites to confirm their prereq deadline. (For IU PT's most current policy, consult the IU SHRS Admission Requirements page.)
- Special Credit: Some PT programs may not accept AP credit, credit-by-exam, or exemption from degree requirements in place of admission requirements, or may only accept such credit under specific circumstances. Check with each of your programs to confirm its policies. (For IU PT's most current policy, consult the IU SHRS Admission Requirements page.)
- FRESHMEN: During freshman year, begin working in 5-credit prerequisites, hopefully one in each of fall and spring. It does not matter whether you begin with chemistry or anatomy, but try to get one or the other - whichever is open and works with your schedule. We do not recommend physics for most freshmen, although this does depend on your high school preparation.
- SOPHOMORES AND BEYOND: Try to take a 5-credit prerequisite each term. Summer courses might be necessary, depending on your situation.
Retaking and dropping classes
The possible pros and cons of dropping or retaking classes
It is not uncommon for an applicant to include a dropped or retaken class on the application. Read about related pros, cons, and options on the HPPLC Retaking and Dropping Classes information page.
What is a Competitive GPA?
What grade point average is competitive for admission depends on a number of factors. Visit our Competitive GPA page to gain a general sense of what GPA goals to set for yourself, and how GPA figures in relation to other admission requirements.
Clinical Observation, Volunteering, and Other Experiences
Spend time around a variety of people:
As you go through physical therapy training, and as an inherent dimension to the profession itself, you will work with people from diverse backgrounds, ranging in age, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and so on. It is important that as you proceed along the pre-PT path, and into the profession, that you make a conscious effort to gain experience working with and being around diverse populations. There are many ways to achieve this goal, for example: through community service, clinical observation of PTs in different settings, and participating in events or student groups at IU that tend to attract a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
Note: PT programs don't tend to place particular emphasis on "internships," per se. Internships are fine, but the value is placed on extensive clinical observation and hands on experience of the kind posted to the link below, regardless of whether or not the experience is labeled an "internship."
Clinical observation (job shadowing)
Some physical therapy programs have a specific minimum shadowing requirement while others do not. Programs that do not have a specific shadowing requirement nonetheless strongly recommend it. Shadowing requirements vary dramatically from one program to another. Once you research and narrow your list of programs to the ones to which you hope to apply, check their websites. Doing so is the only way to learn what kind and how much shadowing you need at a minimum. Note that programs look more favorably upon applicants who go beyond mere minimums.
Clinical observation is the best way for you to determine whether the daily responsibilities and different settings typical of the profession are a good fit for you. Also, whether you feel you have the aptitude and level of dedication necessary to develop the skills and attributes required of those who thrive and find fulfillment within the profession.
PTs are relatively easy to locate. For example, an internet search for "[name of city/state] nursing homes" yields plentiful results, and nursing homes often employ or contract with PTs. Other helpful web searches include "[name of city and state] rehabilitation," "[name of city and state] occupational therapy," or "[name of city and state] physical therapy."
Consider shadowing both OTs and PTs. In some settings, OTs and PTs function very differently from each other, but in other settings they can function in similar ways. Having an understandings of these differences and similarities, and how they vary across settings, can help you better understand whichever one of the two you choose to pursue. This knowledge has the added benefit of potentially helping you during admissions interviews. It is likely you will have professional interaction with both OTs and PTs at some point in your career.
OT and PT in-patient and out-patient settings: Most OT and PT programs recommend or require that applicants have undertaken observation in both in-patient and outpatient settings. In-patient facilities are those where patients stay overnight, such as hospitals or nursing homes. Conversely, out-patient facilities do not have overnight patients. Note that in addition to other in-patient shadowing experience, PT and OT programs often prefer that applicants have at least some experience shadowing specifically in hospitals.
For additional tips on clinical observation, consult this page: http://www.hpplc.indiana.edu/ohp/clinicalobservation.shtml.
Volunteer and Job Opportunities for pre-PT Students
Volunteer and job opportunities for pre-PT students
Refer to HPPLC's list of volunteer and job opportunities for pre-PT students to view examples of pertinent experiences. These opportunities offer occasions for you to be around a variety of people from diverse backgrounds, which is of central importance to those working in the health professions. In addition, they can help you further develop rudimentary clinical skills and other interpersonal skills which can in turn help you become an even stronger applicant, graduate student, and ultimately a more effective healthcare professional.
Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
Prior to beginning professional coursework, many programs require that you become certified for adult, child, and infant CPR, commonly referred to as BLS certification, Health Care Provider CPR, or CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Training courses are offered for a fee through the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. The IU Bloomington course, SPH-H 160 First Aid And Emergency Care (3 cr), also includes all necessary instruction, including use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Upon completing H160, students are eligible to complete CPR/AED certification for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider, and can also become first aid certified.
The DPT Degree
The Doctor of Physical Therapy, or DPT, is the standard degree for those who wish to become licensed to practice in the field of physical therapy. The entry-level DPT is a post-baccalaureate degree (i.e., a degree you pursue after your undergraduate degree) conferred upon successful completion of a PT doctoral-level professional program. The standard DPT is a three-year clinical doctorate, not a PhD. “Entry-level” means it is the minimum required to practice, and that once students have completed a physical therapy program and passed the licensing exam, they are at once able to begin working in the field.
On occasion, you will come across PhD or ScD programs associated with PT, not to be confused with the standard DPT entry-level degree. These degrees are each referred to as "postprofessional" doctoral degrees, an additional credential some people choose to earn after they have already completed the DPTl degree. Postprofessional degrees are designed for those who want additional formal education, or who want to undertake formal research within the field.
Applying to Physical Therapy Programs
Many, although not all, DPT programs require that applicants apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The 2016-2017 PTCAS application will open on June 30, 2016. Because the PTCAS system purges all unsubmitted applications every June, do not begin filling out your PTCAS application until after the new cycle opens, during the first week of July of the summer during which you plan to apply. The exact date the new application opens varies each year, so check the PTCAS homepage for announcements.
For programs that do not use PTCAS, you need to submit an application directly to the program. Consult the individual program’s website for information on their application process.
Plan to apply to PT programs during the summer, as fall is often too late. Each program, both PTCAS and non-PTCAS, has its own application cycle. Many DPT application deadlines fall in October, but not all. In addition, some PT programs admit students in January instead of the summer, and hence have different application cycles; and some programs admit students at two or three different times each year. For deadline information for each program, refer to program websites, or the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) site's listing of programs, where you will find this and other information by clicking on the names of programs.
The PTCAS site contains other excellent research resources as well, including an application checklist, so consult it thoroughly. Be sure to make use of the Application Instructions, linked from the left of the PTCAS application portal. You should read through it before you apply so as to gain a general sense of the application, and then consult it section by section as you complete the application.
A personal essay is required as part of the PTCAS application, and programs that do not use PTCAS may also require a personal statement or essay. Early in your program research (which you should begin now if you haven't already done so), confirm on program websites and central application sites whether any of your programs require that you submit an essay in response to a "custom question" instead of or in addition to your general essay. The personal essay can be thought of as the interview before the interview, or almost a substitute for the interview for programs that don't offer or require one. For more advice on writing a personal statement consult this page: http://hpplc.indiana.edu/ohp/PersonalEssayOTPTPA.shtml.
Letters of recommendation
Most PT programs require two or three letters of recommendation, although some, like the IU PT program, do not. Visit the PT Central Application Service (PTCAS) Program Prerequisites page, where you will find information about which PTCAS programs require or accept which kinds of letters. Remember, though, there are dozens of programs that do not use PTCAS and therefore are not included in the PTCAS information. Check individual non-PTCAS program websites to learn their recommendation requirements or preferences.
For more information on letters of recommendation go to http://hpplc.indiana.edu/ohp/LettersOfRec_PA-OT-PT.shtml.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE - revised General Test)
As part of the application process, most physical therapy graduate progarms require that you take the GRE revised General Test. Try to complete the GRE at least four weeks before you plan to submit your PT applications, in case there are any delays in score reporting. For more information on the GRE go to http://hpplc.indiana.edu/ohp/GRE.shtml.
"Early Decision" is an admission practice whereby programs admit a certain number of especially strong applicants well before the standard application deadline. The Early Decision application option usually comes with some caveats. For example, some programs offer an Early Decision application option through PTCAS, but you may initially apply to one and only one PTCAS program, and then must wait until that program decides whether or not they will admit you. In the meantime, you will not be allowed to apply to additional PTCAS programs. If they do admit you, you are committed to attend the program. If they do not admit you, you may then apply to additional PTCAS programs. An additional caveat may be that while you are waiting to hear back about your Early Decision application, you may miss the optimal application window for another program (but whether this is the case depends on the timing of rolling admission cycles, if any, for your other programs).
PTCAS offers useful Early Decision FAQS with regard to PTCAS programs, as well as a list of PTCAS programs that offer Early Decision as an application option. For non-PTCAS programs, check program websites.
Many physical therapy programs conduct admission interviews. Because most programs receive hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applications, programs that conduct interviews rarely interview all applicants.
For advice on preparing for interviews go to http://hpplc.indiana.edu/ohp/Interviews_PA-OT-PT.shtml.
The IU Physical Therapy Program Application Process
The IU Physical Therapy program requires that applicants apply through PTCAS. The program accepts applications from the beginning of July up to the beginning of October, for admission to the program the following fall. Refer to the program's website for specific dates. Try to submit all application materials several weeks before the deadline to allow leeway in case there is something you overlooked or need to correct. For IU PT's most current policy on when prerequisites must be completed, consult the IU SHRS Admission Requirements page.)
Refer to this page on IU SHRS Admission Requirements for information on GPA requirements and prerequisites.
Refer to this page for information on how to apply: https://shrs.iupui.edu/admissions/apply/doctorate-physical-therapy/application.html. The IU DPT program requires that you submit a personal essay through PTCAS. Letters of recommendation are not required (though they do require Clinical Observation Experience Forms from the PTs - see the section above). The IU DPT program requires that you take the GRE prior to applying. While no minimum score is required for any component of the test, the verbal portion is weighted as 50% of the admission formula. (Neither the total score nor the quantitative score is taken into account in any way for IU DPT admissions.) The IU DPT program will invite a certain portion of qualified applicants for an interview: For additional information, visit the IU DPT Admissions page.
Consult the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PT admission requirements and application selection details for more information.
Additional Admission Information
Updating your application
PTCAS has an "academic update" process, through which you may update coursework completed after you originally submitted your application. You can only do updates one time, so make sure you enter complete, correct information. Refer to the PTCAS Academic Update FAQ for deadlines, and details about what can and cannot be updated.
Contact non-PTCAS programs directly with updated information.
For the IU physical therapy program, being an Indiana resident or a graduate of Indiana University, or submitting materials early, does not provide any advantage during the admission process. For other PT programs the process for establishing residency to perhaps eventually garner in-state tuition varies from state to state. Contact programs directly to learn about related policies and procedures.
If you learn that all spots have been filled, but that you have been put on an admissions waitlist, consider contacting the program to express your continued and enthusiastic interest. Not everyone who is offered admission accepts. Therefore, programs often go fairly deep into their waitlist, so don't give up! Sometimes applicants who take the time to express continued interest are among the first to be contacted if spaces do open up. If after doing so you don't hear back for a week or two, feel free to contact them to again express your interest.
Most programs may offer you admission on condition that you complete all remaining prerequisites prior to the start of the professional program, and maintain minimum grade and GPA requirements.
It is a good policy to keep in touch with the people who have a say in whether or not you are admitted to a given program, so we recommend that you communicate directly with each program to which you plan to apply. You can double-check to make sure your IUB coursework will fulfill their admission requirements, ask more detailed questions about their program in particular, and so on. Always keep a log or file of all your communications with programs, and always conduct yourself with cordial professionalism in all phone calls, emails, and other correspondence.
Physical Therapy at Indiana University
A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is offered through the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS - Indianapolis campus). Admission to the IU PT program requires successful completion of a baccalaureate degree, prerequisite courses (which can be worked into most undergraduate degrees/majors), and some other admission criteria.
IU DPT professional coursework begins in the fall. Nationally, the average applicant to PT schools is around 23.5 years old. Many pre-PT students apply during their junior summer, but a good many defer their application till the summer after senior year. Some defer applying until a year or more after graduating, depending on their goals, circumstances, and where they are in their preprofessional process. For a recent class profile for the IU program, including the complete range of GPAs and GRE scores admitted, click HERE. For the most recent IU PT policies pertaining to minimum grade and GPA requirements, whether online prereqs are acceptable, and other important policies, consult the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PT Admissions Requirements page.
Develop a Contingency or Back-Up Plan
Admission to PT programs is very competitive. While strong academic performance can help you become a competitive applicant, it is important that you develop a contingency plan. HPPLC advisors strongly urge you to research the admission requirements of many PT programs and apply to at least 6 or 8.
Still, it is not uncommon for people to change their goals and ambitions, or for circumstances to arise which impede plans or necessitate their deferral. Consider developing a contingency plan, or back-up plan, just in case. At the very least, we urge you to use available resources (e.g., our Other Health Professions page, and other resources linked therein) to explore a number of career options. You might discover something you had never considered before, or, at the very least, you might confirm that the path you are on is indeed the one which best suits you.
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) programs
Physical Therapy Assistant, or PTA, is an alternative sometimes considered by pre-PT students. The APTA site includes information explaining what a PTA is, PTA education and training, and a list of accredited PTA programs. PTAs work directly with patients under the supervision of a physical therapist. A two-year degree from an accredited institution is required to be eligible to sit for the PTA licensure exam.
Go to this link and watch a lighthearted but informative short cartoon about the importance of having contingencies, or a back-up plan.
Pre-Physical Therapy Timeline
Want to know what you should be doing now? How to keep on track? What your preprofessional timeline ought to be? Visit the preprofessional timeline page! Our detailed sample timeline can give you a sense of what you should be doing right now, and also help you with your long range planning.
Financing Your Degree
Click HERE for resources related to researching scholarships and grants, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA application timing and deadline information. (When to file will depend on when your program begins. The January prior to the start of your program might be a useful benchmark, but it is your responsibility to confirm the timing.)
Physical Therapy Career Information
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), which prospective physical therapists must pass to become licensed practitioners. PT programs are specifically designed to prepare prospective PTs for the exam.
As of 2016, unless grandfathered in under previous professional certification requirements, a DPT degree is required to practice as a physical therapist. Note that state licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. For more information on licensure and licensure exams, consult the American Physical Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Salary and job market information
(US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- You can do additional career and job research at
- The US Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupational Outlook Handbook
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook's section on physical therapy
Additional Physical Therapy Resources
HPPLC pre-PT email list
If you are an IUB Pre-PT student and have not yet joined the Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC) pre-PT email list, we urge you to log in and do so now. It takes just seconds, and will help keep you in the loop on important announcements related to admission requirements, PT program visits to IU, the Physical Therapy Central Application Service, the GRE, the IUB PT Club, and more.
Having clear, realistic projected GPA information is especially important for preprofessional students, who are usually pursuing admission to programs with moderately or highly competitive admissions. This is one of the reasons we recommend applying to multiple programs. For examples of some useful GPA calculators, click here.
Help with anatomy
We strongly encourage you to follow the advice on the Health Professions and Prelaw Center's Human Anatomy (ANAT-A 215) Study Tips page.
Scholarships and Educational Grants
Click HERE for resources related to researching scholarships and grants, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA application timing and deadline information
IUB Physical Therapy Club
If you are an IUB Pre-PT student, consider joining the IU PT Club, which meets two to four times each fall and spring semester. The PT Club is sponsored by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. Among other activities, a variety of professional speakers share their PT expertise with club members. To join, simply attend a meeting and talk to one of the club officers.
PT professional resources
- American Physical Therapy Association Prospective Student Information (APTA) An excellent source of information about the physical therapy profession, and about PT educational programs.
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Licensure and licensure exam information.
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) The agency responsible for accrediting PT and PTA programs, and assuring that each program is up to standards. The site includes resources for preprofessional students.
- World Confederation for Physical Therapy
IU Physical Therapy Program contact information
Deanna L. Hart
Director, Student Enrollment Services
IU School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Coleman Hall CF120
1140 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119
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