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Admissions for 2021-2022

The Admissions Cycle for the class entering Summer 2022 is now closed.

Interviews will be held on November 19, 2021


To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Complete an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment.
  • Meet the requirements for Graduate College admission.
  • Have a minimum of 3.00 GPA (overall).
  • Have a minimum of 3.00 GPA (last 60 hours toward degree).
  • Have a minimum of 3.00 GPA on all science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics).
  • Have a minimum of 3.00 GPA on all prerequisite course requirements. 
  • Have competitive GRE scores in Verbal and Quantitative.



Pre-Requisite Courses for Physical Therapy Program


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




(Human Physiology and Anatomy or
Human Structure and Function) 

4 hrs.


Advanced Physiology (Vertebrate Physiology or
The Physiology of Exercise)

3-4 hrs.


General Chemistry I

3 hrs.


General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 hr.


General Chemistry II

3 hrs.


General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 hr.


Medical Terminology

1, 2, or 3 hrs.


Statistics (Biostatistics)

3 hrs.


General Physics I with Lab


General Physics II with Lab

4 hrs.


4 hrs.



4 hrs.


Introduction to Psychology

3 hrs.



(Lifespan Development or
Abnormal Psychology) 

3 hrs.


  • Anatomy and Physiology: Requirement is for one semester of A&P. 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! Anatomy and Physiology 2 will NOT fulfill the Exercise/Vertebrate Physiology pre-requisite. We recommend Exercise Physiology for the required physiology course; however, most upper division human physiology courses will be accepted. 
  • ** 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.
  • *** 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.
  • 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.
  • Exercise Physiology does not require a lab component; however, we strongly recommend taking a lab if it is offered at your institution.

 A student may apply to the PT Department before completion of these courses; however, all pre-requisites must be completed before unconditional acceptance into the DPT program will be granted.



Course Equivalency Tool

Click the link below to access Texas State University's Course Equivalency Tool.

This is a tool to assist you in planning or deciding what pre-requisite courses may be available at your institution.  Questions can be directed to

Course Equivalency Tool

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Texas State University’s Department of Physical Therapy

 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008 provides comprehensive civil rights protection for “qualified individuals with disabilities.” The ADA defines an individual with disability” as an individual  who:

          1.    has a physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (e.g. walking, seeing, hearing, etc.).

2.    has a record of such an impairment; or

3.    is regarded as having such an impairment.

In accordance with UPPS 07.11.01 – Disability Services for Students, a qualified individual with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation, meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admission or participation in the institution’s programs and activities.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Texas State University is committed to developing outstanding physical therapists from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills and who integrate evidence into practice. The program is a rigorous academic and clinical program that places specific requirements and demands on the student enrolled.  An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render entry-level clinical services to a wide spectrum of individuals.  To perform as a physical therapist, an individual must meet certain minimum Technical Standards and exhibit minimum Professional Behaviors.  Technical Standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refers to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum.  Students must also comply with legal and ethical standards as set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

These Technical Standards enable each graduate to enter clinical practice as an entry level physical therapist.  Students must be able to meet these minimum standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, for successful completion of the program.  In addition, these standards meet the expectations of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Compliance with the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for the licensure examination.

Texas State will respond to the needs of a student with a disability according to the following steps:

1.   Students seeking accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and provide appropriate documentation substantiating the disability.

2.  Should a student with a disability need accommodations for the program or a course, then the student should request the accommodations from ODS and discuss the accommodations outlined in the accommodation letter with their professors as soon as possible to ensure they have equal access and participation.

Individuals who are interested in applying to the DPT program should review these standards prior to completing an application. We encourage students to engage in a conversation early with the Office of Disability Services and the DPT program to discuss possible reasonable accommodations given the program requirements.

Technical Standards and Professional Behaviors

Intellectual, cognitive, quantitative, and analytical abilities
  1. The student must be able to demonstrate problem solving – student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize information in a timely fashion.
  2. The student must have multi-modal learning capability – student must be able to learn through a variety of modalities, including, but not limited to: classroom instruction; laboratory instruction, including cadaver lab; online instruction; small group work, team and collaborative activities; individual study; preparation and presentation of reports; and use of computer technology. The student must be able to simultaneously incorporate communication and activity performance during labs, managing intake of verbal and demonstrated information at the same time.

Examples:  conduct an initial examination on a patient and use clinical decision-making skills to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, interventions, and outcome measures; apply knowledge of anatomy gained from cadaver and textbook study to the human body within the examination and evaluation of a patient with an injury or disease; collaborate with an interprofessional team of health care providers to determine discharge plans for a patient.

Behavioral and social attributes and respect for diversity
  1. The student must be able to exhibit the appropriate skills and behaviors in order assure the emotional, physical, mental, and behavioral safety of patients and other individuals in the academic and clinical setting.
  2. The student must be able to cope with the mental and emotional rigors of a demanding educational program in physical therapy that includes academic and clinical components that occur within set time constraints and often concurrently. Students must be able to demonstrate sound judgement under stress.  Students must be able to adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical management of patients.
  3. The student must be able to relate to diverse patients, families, caregivers, and colleagues with honesty, integrity, and dedication in a non-discriminatory manner.
  4. The student must be able to acknowledge and respect individual values and opinions to foster harmonious working relationships with colleagues, peers, and patients. 
  5. The student must display appropriate sensitivity and respect for all social and cultural backgrounds and proactively seek ways to provide an inclusive environment that addresses unique patient needs. They must be able to provide care without judgement of a patient’s personal choices or situation and take into consideration the cultural norms and unique therapeutic needs of the patient.
  6. The student must demonstrate ethical behavior, moral reasoning, and cultural sensitivity.
  7. The student must maintain sufficient good health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of themselves and all those with whom they interact in the academic and clinical setting.
Motor/Psychomotor skills
  1. The student must possess sufficient skills required to provide safe and effective patient/client management.
  2. The student must possess adequate motor ability to respond efficiently and effectively in an emergency.
  3. The student must have the ability, within reasonable limits, to safely assist a patient/client to move. 
  4. The student must have the ability to move both their body and the patient/client in three-dimensional space to perform tests, measures, and interventions.
  5. The student must be able to perform or direct diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions, including the interpretation of movement patterns and interventions to improve movement abilities.

Examples:  utilize equipment to conduct tests and measures with patients accurately and efficiently; transfer patient from one position to another safely and using proper body mechanics; apply manual therapy skills to patients using proper body mechanics

Communication skills

Physical therapy education presents exceptional challenges in the volume and breadth of required reading and the necessity to impart information to others.

1.The student must be able to utilize effective communication with peers, faculty, patients, families, caregivers, and other health care providers.


2. The student must exhibit interpersonal skills to enable effective caregiving of patients and clients, including the ability to communicate effectively with all members of an interprofessional health care team, patients/clients, health related organizations, insurance companies and other payor sources, and their families in person and in writing.

Professional Requirements
  1. The student must conduct themselves appropriately in all academic and clinical interactions both on and off campus, including abiding by University policies, the APTA Code of Ethics and the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct.

Examples: ability to arrive to all commitments (class, clinical rotations, meetings with faculty) on time, dressed professionally, and prepared; communicate with others professionally and respectfully

  1. The student will be required to complete a criminal background check during the first semester of the program and prior to participation in any campus clinical activity. A student with a criminal record may not be accepted at some or all clinical sites, depending on the nature of the offense.  In addition, criminal histories may prevent a program graduate from obtaining state licensure. The student is strongly advised to contact the Physical Therapy Licensing Board in Texas or the state in which they intend to practice to determine how offenses on a criminal record may influence the ability to complete the program, become licensed, and work in the field of physical therapy. 

(Revised October 2020)