Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the DPT program?

The DPT is an entry-level professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and are seeking a professional degree in physical therapy.

How long is the program and when does it begin?

  • The DPT program is a three year, nine semester cohort program, which means that we admit a group of about 40 students each year and they take the same courses in the same order for the entire 3 years.
  • We enroll new students each summer beginning in June.
  • Applications are due each year by October 15th.

If I want to talk to someone about the program and my particular situation, what do I do?

  • Please call the PT Department at (512) 245-8351 to set up an advising appointment with a faculty member. Office hours are available throughout the week to meet with students.

Is the DPT Program accredited?

  • The DPT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). You can learn more about accreditation at

Where are other PT programs in Texas?

9 public institutions:

   University of Texas - El Paso
   Angelo State University
   Texas Tech University Health Science Center
   University of North Texas Health Science Center
   University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
   University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
   University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
   Texas Woman's University
   Texas State University

3 private institutions:

   Hardin Simmons University
   University of St. Augustine
   University of Incarnate Word

1 military:

   US Army-Baylor University

How many applicants do you accept a year?

  • We accept 40 students each year. Unfortunately, not all students who apply are accepted.

When must pre-requisites be completed?

  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the time the student enrolls in the DPT program in the summer. Students must provide official transcripts indicating that remaining pre-requisite courses are completed.

Does it matter what my undergraduate degree is in?

  • We do not have a preferred undergraduate degree.
  • We suggest that the student major in a field of study that is of interest and that could be a choice should the student decide against graduate school after completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Is the program a full-time program or can it be taken part-time?

  • The program is a full-time program.
  • A part-time option is not available due to the nature of the sequencing of the curriculum.

What are the characteristics of an ideal candidate for your program?

  • Ideally, we are looking for individuals with good interpersonal (people) skills.
  • The individual should be well balanced – academically and personally.
  • We desire students who are creative thinkers with excellent problem solving skills, who are not afraid to take on challenges, and can do that with thought and tact.


What is the course load like each semester?

  • The course load ranges from 10 to 14 credit hours per semester. The first several semesters are very heavy in classroom time, while the later semesters have more "out of class" responsibilities for learning.
  • Additional course load is dependent on when clinical education assignments are made and how efficient projected completion is.

What are the strengths of your program?

  • The first strength is our on-site physical therapy clinic. Each student completes a clinical assignment working with our faculty as clinical instructors, evaluating and treating patients in our on-site clinical facility.
  • The second is the spiral design of the curriculum which allows course content to build each semester for a thorough understanding of critical concepts.
  • Our third strength is our faculty and the fact that many of the faculty are board certified specialists and maintain active clinical practice.
  • And finally, our students are one of our best strengths - they are talented and intellectually curious. They are motivated to become professionals. In support of our students, we have a limited number of graduate assistantships available each year.

What is the application process?

  • Complete the application to the Graduate College at
  • Complete the DPT application and all supporting documents.
  • Instructions can be found under Admissions.

Where do I send the reference checklist forms?

  • The reference checklist forms should go directly to the Graduate College as part of the DPT application packet.

If I attended Texas State as an undergraduate, do I have to submit my Texas State transcript?

  • No, Texas State University will provide that transcript to the Graduate College.

How many transcripts do I need to supply?

  • One official transcript from all college course work, even if only one course was completed at a specific institution, is required for admissions.

How do I obtain applications and what is the deadline for the applications?

  • The Graduate College application is available at
  • The Physical Therapy Application is available at PT Application.
  • Both applications must be submitted to the Graduate College by the October 15th deadline. All application materials and GRE scores must be received by the Graduate College by that date for an applicant's file to be considered for admission during that admission cycle. Any missing application materials will cause your application to be incomplete and will not by reviewed for admissions.

Do I really have to take the GRE?

  • Yes...this is a requirement of our department and your application will be considered incomplete if the GRE score is not received by the October 15th deadline.
  • However, the GRE score alone will not prevent an applicant from being admitted.

When can I take the GRE? How much does it cost?

  • You can take the GRE at any time. Call 1-800-473-2255 for information or visit their web site at
  • The GRE web site or phone counselors can give you the exact costs for their services, including study guides.
  • Keep in mind that GRE scores take a while to process, so be sure to schedule your GRE exam with enough time to have your scores received by deadline.

What is the Texas State University code for the GRE?

The code for Texas State Graduate College is 006667.

Can I send in my application paperwork without taking the GRE?

  • Yes. However, your application is not complete and will not be reviewed until those GRE scores are on file in the Graduate College by the October 15th deadline.

What if I am not satisfied with my GRE score, can I take it over?

  • Yes, you can repeat the GRE and have the new scores sent to the Graduate College. They will notify us of the revised scores, and, if received prior to consideration of applications for interview, the score can be used. If it arrives too late, it will be added to the file for future consideration.

If I am reapplying, what do I need to do?

  • Since the admissions process has changed this year, all new application materials must be resubmitted for the upcoming admissions cycle to the Graduate College.

The application instructions say that there are two supporting statements - how do I find information about these supporting statements?

  • The PT application form will list the two questions that need to be addressed in essay format. They are located on the last page of the application form. These supporting statements should basically provide your personal reflections on the two questions asked.

How does the Department of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee decide who to admit?

  • The Student Selection Committee considers a number of factors to determine which applicants are most likely to succeed in the graduate physical therapy program.
  • We consider the previous college GPAs, the content and clarity of the applicant’s essays, the information contained in the recommendation checklists, the GRE score, and the applicant’s work and volunteer history. The Committee will interview a select number of qualified applicants for admission.

What are the entrance requirements for the Department of Physical Therapy?

  • Acceptance to the PT Program requires a baccalaureate degree.
  • We prefer the following GPA's:
    • a minimum of a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of baccalaureate degree
    • a minimum of a 3.0 in pre-requisite course work
    • a minimum of a 3.0 in all science course work (calculated using all biology, chemistry, and physics courses)
    • a GRE score of 295 or equivalent
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed before entry into the program.


If my GPA is lower than 3.0, what can I do?

  • The last 60 hours GPA cannot be changed unless you complete another bachelor's degree. Applicant may also complete a master's degree. The higher GPA will replace the lower last 60 hour GPA.
  • Courses may be repeated to improve the pre-requisite course GPA or science GPA.
  • Courses that are repeated after completion of a degree will not change the last 60 hours GPA for the degree.


A 3.0 GPA is required in the sciences. What if I have a C in a course, do I need to repeat it?

  • A GPA is a grade point average - meaning that all courses are averaged to calculate the GPA. A course grade is just the grade you received in an individual course.

My GRE score is lower than the minimum. What can I do?

  • A GRE is designed to demonstrate the test-taker's potential for success in graduate studies.
  • An applicant can retake the GRE to raise the score. When the GRE is repeated, we will use the higher of each individual score. The score must be submitted to the Graduate College, and then it is forwarded to us to update your application file.
  • Visit the GRE website, or call for recommendations about study guides or courses.

What is the average GPA or profile for interviewed and admitted students?

Class of: 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total DPT & Graduate College Applicants Received 362 370 355 341 453
Total Qualified Applicants 143 165 187 183 437
Total Applicants Interviewed 122 119 135 152 166
Gender of Applicants Interviewed Females = 79 Females = 53 Females = 76 Females = 97 Females = 95
Males = 43 Males = 66 Males = 59 Males = 55 Males = 71
Age Range 20 - 47 20 - 37 20 - 52 20 - 52 20-42
Percentage of Minorities 19% 33% 26% 16% 35%
GPA of Interviewed Applicants Last 60 Hours: 3.63 Last 60 Hours: 3.59 Last 60 Hours: 3.57 Last 60 Hours: 3.65 Last 60 Hours: 3.68
Science: 3.41 Science: 3.45 Science: 3.43 Science: 3.5 Science: 3.54
Pre-Reqs: 3.55 Pre-Reqs: 3.58 Pre-Reqs: 3.56 Pre-Reqs: 3.62 Pre-Reqs: 3.66
GRE Scores of Interviewed Applicants Total: 1065 Total: 1054 Total: 1085 Total: 1087/303 Total: 304
Total Applicants Accepted 40 40 42 41 40
Gender of Accepted Applicants Females = 27 Females = 21 Females = 18 Females = 25 Females = 19
Males = 13 Males = 19 Males = 24 Males = 16 Males = 21
GPA of Accepted Applicants Last 60 Hours: 3.66 Last 60 Hours: 3.59 Last 60 Hours: 3.56 Last 60 Hours: 3.62 Last 60 Hours: 3.7
Science: 3.41 Science: 3.46 Science: 3.36 Science: 3.54 Science: 3.53
Pre-Reqs: 3.58 Pre-Reqs: 3.58 Pre-Reqs: 3.5 Pre-Reqs: 3.64 Pre-Reqs: 3.67
GRE Scores of Accepted Applicants Total: 1075 Total: 1057 Total: 1060 Total: 1128/305 Total: 1020/300
Verbal: 471 Verbal: 448 Verbal: 449 Verbal: 507/152 Verbal: 480/155
Quantitative: 604 Quantitative: 610 Quantitative: 611 Quantitative: 622/153 Quantitative: 540/145

What is the overall cost of the program?

  • We estimate that the student can spend as much as $15,000 per year in the program – including tuition and fees, books, lab supplies and equipment, travel, memberships, and other costs. This estimate is based on Texas residency. Out of state expenses will be higher based on current tuition and fees.
  • For questions about tuition and residency, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at 512-245-2315 or visit the website at

How many hours of observation/work/volunteer experience do most of your applicants have?

  • Although we do not require a specific number of volunteer or observation hours, it is highly recommended that applicants have exposure to physical therapy prior to applying to the program.
  • Documentation of these hours is not required, but you will be asked to list those experiences on the application.

What are the pre-requisite courses for the DPT program?

Prior to enrollment in the DPT Program, the following courses (or the equivalent) must be completed at Texas State or another accredited institution:

BIO 2430 or
PT 3400

Human Physiology and Anatomy or
Human Structure and Function

4 hrs.*

BIO 3421 or
ESS 3317

Vertebrate Physiology or
The Physiology of Exercise

3-4 hrs.

CHEM 1341

General Chemistry I

3 hrs.****

CHEM 1141

General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 hr.

CHEM 1342

General Chemistry II

3 hrs.

CHEM 1142

General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 hr.

HIM 2360

Medical Terminology

3 hrs.**

HP 3302

Biostatistics (Statistics)

3 hrs.***

PHYS 1315/1115

General Physics I

4 hrs.

PHYS 1325/1125

General Physics II

4 hrs.

PSY 1300

Introduction to Psychology

3 hrs.

PSY 3300 or
PSY 3315

Lifespan Development or
Abnormal Psychology

3 hrs.

  • * Anatomy and Physiology: Requirement is for a one credit all-inclusive course. At many institutions, 2 semesters/8 hours of A & P 1 and A & P 2 are available or required. If it is offered as a two-course sequence, both courses must be completed in order to completely fulfill this pre-requisite. Anatomy and Physiology 2 will not fulfill the Exercise/Vertebrate Physiology pre-requisite.
  • ** Medical Terminology: courses can be 1, 2, or 3 credit-hour courses.
  • *** Statistics: Statistics coursework must include the study of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and can be a basic statistics course from any department.
  • **** Chemistry:  If Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2 are taught with 3 hour lectures and a 2 hour combined lab for both Chemistry lectures, only one lab is required for a total of 8 hours of Chemistry.
  • All science courses listed on the pre-requisite table must be taken with lab sections.
  • The level of chemistry and physics courses should correspond to coursework needed for medical and dental schools' pre-requisites.


Does it matter when pre-requisite courses were taken? For example, do you accept courses taken over 10 years ago?

  • We do not have a time frame for when courses can be taken.
  • The applicant is responsible for the content information of the pre-requisite courses since they provide the foundation for the professional program. The applicant must be confident in his/her knowledge from these courses.
  • They do not need to be repeated for a more recent completion date.

I have taken Anatomy and Physiology 1. Do I need to take Anatomy and Physiology 2?

  • Yes, if it is a two course sequence, you will need to take both courses. 
  • In addition, you will also need the advanced physiology or exercise physiology course. The more solid a foundation you have in anatomy and physiology, the more prepared you will be for our program.

If I took Anatomy and Physiology 2, will this fulfill the Exercise or Vertebrate Physiology pre-requisite?

  • No...Anatomy and Physiology 2 will not fulfill Exercise or Vertebrate Physiology. You will need an upper level (junior or senior) Exercise Physiology for that pre-requisite.

Do you accept CLEP or AP courses for pre-requisites?

  • As long as your courses have been recognized by your undergraduate institution as credit courses, we will accept.
  • However, note that those courses will not contribute to your GPA calculations.

What should I do to be a competitive candidate for your program?

  • Competitive candidates have maintained a good GPA throughout their undergraduate studies, have a good basic knowledge of the field of physical therapy, and can express themselves well in both writing and verbally.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences?

  • Each student will consult with the Director of Clinical Education to establish an individualized clinical education plan. Sometimes these experiences can be arranged close to home.  Other times, you may need to plan to travel. It is important that you work directly with the DCE to establish a plan that can meet your needs within the confines of availability and access to a quality experience.

What is the graduation rate for physical therapy students?

  • We have a graduation rate of 98% over the past twenty years.

What is the licensure pass rate for Texas State graduates?

  • Our ultimate pass rate is 100%; our first time pass rate is 96%.

What is the employment rate for Texas State graduates?

  • 100% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation for those choosing to be employed.