Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway
tDPT Admissions Information
The tDPT program admits students three times a year, in the Summer, Fall and Spring.
The application will open on July 1st for Spring, August 1st for Summer and on January 1st for Fall. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and
application fee is November 1st for Spring, April 1st for Summer, and July 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 tDPT program.
Either a Bachelor's or Master's professional (entry-level) degree in physical therapy.
6. Minimum GPA
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended
Applicants must be licensed to practice physical therapy within the United States.
Documentation must be submitted with your application. You may submit this to the
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs via email at email@example.com or fax at 806-743-2994.
8. Letters of Recommendation
At least one letter of recommendation from a current/former employer or a professional colleague in the field of physical
therapy is required for an application to be complete. 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.
Applicants are required to submit a recent resume. You may submit this to the Office
of Admissions and Student Affairs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 806-743-2994.
An essay will be required within the online Merlin Application and should define the
applicant's personal/professional goals in 500 words or less.
11. International Applicants
All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. It is also
required for applicants that are internationally trained (in a non-English speaking
country) to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International
English Language Testing Service (IELTS) scores regardless of residency. TOEFL and
IELTS scores are valid for only two years. Scores are considered on a case by case
basis. Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information:
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.
Application Submission Checklist
1. Online Merlin Application
2. Application Fee
3. Official Transcripts
4. Proof of Licensure
5. Letters of Recommendation - at least one required
7. Essay (submitted through online Merlin Application)
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