Sc.D Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

ScD Admissions Information

The ScD program begins twice a year, in the Summer and Fall. Please visit the link below for deadline information. The online application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application

    Applicants for the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy program must complete the TTUHSC SHP online application (healthprofessions.ttuhsc.edu/apply/).

  2. Application Fee

    The $75.00 application fee may be paid by credit card through the online application system. You may also pay by check or money order. Please mail your 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."

  3. Official Transcripts

    The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs must receive a current, official transcript from every institution that you've attended. If you have attended TTU or TTUHSC, you only need to send official transcripts from the other institutions you've attended. Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent to health.professions@ttuhsc.edu. Hard copies of official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please send all hard copies of official transcripts to the following address:

    TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

    Foreign Transcripts: International applicants who have taken any courses outside of the U.S. must have a foreign transcript evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation agency. We do not require that evaluations come from a certain company; however, they must be a course by course evaluation.

    Foreign transcript evaluations must be official, coming directly fron the evaluation agency.

    If multiple institutions outside of the U.S. have been attended; the evaluation must include all institutions attended.

    Foreign transcript evaluations should be submitted to:

    TTUHSC School of Health Professions
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

  4. Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is not required for the ScD program in Physical Therapy.

  5. Degree

    A Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral (DPT or tDPT) Professional degree in Physical Therapy is required for admission into the ScD Program.

  6. Minimum GPA

    minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended.

  7. Clinical Practice

    Applicants must be currently practicing as a physical therapist, where at least one year of clinical experience is required.

  8. Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete and should be completed by the following: one from an employer or former university educator and one from a colleague in the health professions. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the SHP online application. 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. Please do not submit letter of recommendation forms from other institutions.

  9. Resume

    A current resume is required to be submitted. You will submit this through the online application.

  10. 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.

    We will no longer accept foreign transcript evaluations from Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, Inc. (FCCPT).

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the 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 for interviews.

Interviews

Admission interviews are granted by the ScD admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

  1. Online Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Letters of Recommendation - Two required
  5. Resume

Contact Information

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 health.professions@ttuhsc.edu.