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 email@example.com.
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 guarantee admission.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.