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Doctor of Physical Therapy Prerequisites

DPT Admissions Information

The DPT program begins in late May of each year. The application for the 2015 admissions cycle will open on July 1, 2014. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and application fee is October 1, 2014.

Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: 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

2. Application Fee

The TTUHSC Application Fee of $40 can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; 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.

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. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all official transcripts to the following address:

TTUHSC SOAHS Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. Official GRE Scores

Official GRE scores are required for admission. The SOAHS GRE submission code is 6851. If
your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid.
5. Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.
6. Minimum GPA

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

**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.

9. 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 online through the Merlin 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.

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:

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Odessa campus is not approved to admit F-1 visa students at this time.

Application Process

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

1. Online Merlin Application
2. Application Fee
3. Official Transcripts
4. Official GRE Scores
5. Letters of Recommendation - Two required
6. Observation Experience (submitted through online Merlin Application)

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