Physical Therapy Doctor of Science
ScD Admissions Information
The ScD program begins twice a year, in the Summer and Fall. The application will
open on August 1st for Summer and on January 1st for Fall. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and application
fee is March 15th for Summer and June 1st for Fall.
1. Online Application
The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/merlin/. 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.
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 SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. Official GRE Scores
The GRE is not required for the ScD program in Physical Therapy.
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
A 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. When filling out the application, you will
list your clinical experience hours. There is not a specific, printable form to document
your clinical hours on.
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 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.
9. 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: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/shp/prospective/international_applicants.aspx
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
Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates
for admission will be invited for 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 Merlin Application
2. Application Fee
3. Official Transcripts
4. 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