DPT Admissions Requirements
IMPORTANT Announcement: Starting in 2016, the TTUHSC DPT Program will ONLY accept applications through the PTCAS system.
DPT Admissions Information
The DPT program begins in late May of each year. SHP application information can be accessed at this website. An applicant's PTCAS application must be verified and all other requirements must be received by the deadline. Application fees are due at the time of application. Once an offer of admission has been made, Placement Guarantee fees will be due on or before January 15th each year in accordance with published PT Program Admissions Traffic Rules..
- Online Application
Applicants for the DPT program must complete both a PTCAS Application and a supplemental Merlin Application. The PTCAS Application can be accessed here. The Merlin Application can be accessed here. Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application Fee
The $75 Merlin Application Fee can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.
- Official Transcripts
All official transcripts need to be submitted to PTCAS. You will only need to send updated transcripts to our office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all updated official transcripts to the following address:
TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
- Official GRE Scores
Official GRE scores are required for admission. The PTCAS GRE submission code is 7155. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid.
- Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.
- Minimum GPA
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended. A minimum prerequisite GPA of a 3.0 is also required. Applications for applicants, who do not meet minimum GPA requirements, will not be sent to the admissions committee for review.
- Observation Experience
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 100 observation hours with a licensed physical therapist prior to May 1 of the year of matriculation. It is in the best interest of the applicant to complete a substantial number of experiential hours in physical therapy, preferably in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, rehab, acute care, etc.). Greater clock hours of experience in a variety of settings may strengthen an application. When filling out the application, you will list your physical therapy experience hours. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet or log sheet with supervising PTs signature for total hours observed.
- Prerequisite Coursework
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants who have completed all or most of their prerequisite coursework at the time of application may be at an advantage during the admissions process. No more than 16 hours of science prerequisite courses may be in process at the time of application.
Prerequisite Coursework Course Designation Credit Hours General Chemistry (for science majors, lab required) 8 hours General Physics (for science majors, lab required) 8 hours General Biology (for science majors, lab required) 8 hours Anatomy and Physiology (for science majors, lab required) 8 hours Psychology 3 hours Statistics 3 hours
Note: Recommended Courses: English, technical writing, speech, advanced human physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, motor control, developmental psychology, and core coursework required for a bachelor's degree.
- Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete. Letters should be completed by the following: one from a physical therapist who has observed the applicant during any related volunteer or paid work and the other from a previous or present instructor, academic counselor, previous or present employers. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the PTCAS system. A recommender's name and email address will be
required. Your recommender will receive an email with a link to our recommendation form for them to submit electronically.
- International Applicants
All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions.
Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Odessa campus is not approved to admit F-1 visa students at this time.
- Transfer Credits
The TTUHSC DPT Program does not typically accept transfer credits from other physical therapy or professional programs for credit within the TTUHSC DPT Professional Program. Cases of unique and extreme circumstances outside of the student's control (e.g., natural disaster forcing relocation, etc.) are reviewed by the program director on a case by case basis.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional
program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore,
it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission
of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements
does not guarantee admission.
Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.
Admission interviews are granted by the DPT admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.
Application Submission Checklist
- Online PTCAS
- Online Merlin Application
- Application Fee
- Official GRE Scores
- Letters of Recommendation - Two required
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at email@example.com.