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  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 19, 2007. The Department implemented the program Summer 2008. Applications received by early October of each year will be considered for admission to the DPT program that will start in the Summer I semester of the following year. The DPT replaced the MSPT program. The DPT is a three year, nine semester cohort program with 99 credit hours that culminates in a doctor of physical therapy degree.

  • Between 40 and 44 students are accepted yearly. Approximately 600+ applications are reviewed each year, and of these, just under 200 qualified students are invited to interview.

  • In-state tuition and fees are about $45,000 for the 3 year PT degree. Non-resident tuition and fees are about $90,000 for the 3 year PT degree. Books and supplies, etc., amount to $8,000 for the 3 year PT degree (not including health insurance (recommended), travel to and from clinical assignments, and licensure).

  • Financial Aid is available through the Texas State Financial Aid Office (512) 245-2315. The Graduate College (512) 245-2581 also has several scholastic achievement scholarships available for graduate students. The PT program has no specific financial aid funding for its students.

  • The "best" major of study is any area in which you would enjoy working after graduation. The PT program does not have a preference as to your baccalaureate degree.

  • The most common majors have been biology, kinesiology, exercise sports science, psychology, and athletic training. However, any major of study is acceptable as long as the degree has been completed prior to entering the PT program.

  • Yes, undergraduate courses can be completed at Texas State, or any other accredited college or university. However, no PT program courses can be completed prior to acceptance into the PT program.

  • No, your undergraduate degree may be earned at any accredited university or college.

  • The minimum GPA required for the PT program is 3.0 (out of 4.0) in the last 60 hours completed toward your baccalaureate degree. Any additional courses taken after the degree is completed are NOT used to calculate the last 60 hours GPA, but may be used to calculate the science GPA and/or the prerequisite GPA.

  • In addition to the last 60 hours GPA, a science GPA and a prerequisite GPA are calculated separately. The science GPA is calculated from all science courses in the biological sciences, chemistry, and physics. The prerequisite GPA is calculated by considering only the prerequisite courses for the PT program.

  • If all prerequisites will be completed by May of an academic year, then the application should be completed by early October of the previous academic year.

  • An application must be completed first on the ApplyTexas website: www.applytexas.org. After completing the ApplyTexas application, obtain the ApplyTexas application number for Texas State University in PTCAS: www.ptcas.org. Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered for admissions.

  • A new graduate class is enrolled at the beginning of the first summer session each year. The DPT is completed in nine continuous semesters (through summers). For example, students entering in June of 2017 will graduate in May 2020.

  • There is no specific number of hours required to apply; however, it is recommended that a variety of clinical experiences (average range from 4-6 different settings) be sought to gain experience in the field and to determine if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

  • If the Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) course offered at your institution is offered in a two course sequence, then both courses must be completed to get credit for the Texas State equivalent. Thus, the second semester of A&P must be taken but does not substitute for the physiology requirement (BIO 3421 or ESS 3317).