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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Anderson University began its first cohort in Summer 2019. Application for the next available cohort (Summer 2021) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2020.

The School of Physical Therapy at Anderson University plans to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.  Applicants applying to the Anderson University physical therapist education program for the 2021 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning July 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2020. To learn more about PTCAS, visit Tentative interview dates for all qualified applicants will be scheduled for October 30th, November 6th and November 13th.

We will admit 28 students per year, which is lower than the average physical therapy class size of 45. This is a reflection of Anderson University’s more personalized educational experience. At the current time, we are unable to accept applications from international students for this program.

Basic requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any discipline is required; however, most students find it easier to pursue their prerequisites by majoring in biology, exercise science, or kinesiology.

You must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.  GRE scores of: 150 verbal, 150 quantitative and 3.5 analytical/writing are preferred, but not minimum requirements. You must also document at least 40 hours of observation, volunteering or paid work in physical therapy settings in order to ensure your familiarity with the profession.

Prerequisite courses

Completion of the following prerequisites are required. You can have no more than 12 hours of prerequisites remaining at the time of application.

  • 2 biology courses, one lower level and one upper level (7-8 semester hours), with at least 1 lab course
  • 1 anatomy and 1 physiology course or 2 combined A&P courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 2 chemistry courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 2 physics courses with lab (8 semester hours)
  • 1 statistics course (3 semester hours)
  • 3 social science courses with at least 1 psychology course (9 semester hours)
  • 1 medical terminology course or approved self-study course
  • 1 composition or technical writing course (3 semester hours)

We will not consider science courses that are more than 10 years old. For repeated courses, the higher grade is calculated into your prerequisite GPA, but the two grades are averaged when calculating your overall GPA. Consideration is also given to academic loads and the type(s) of institution(s) where prerequisites were taken (indicators of academic rigor).

Additional Requirements

A record of involvement in service/leadership must be submitted along with two personal references: one from a teacher/professor addressing your academic aptitude and one from a physical therapist, former supervisor, coach, or service activity sponsor addressing your attitude and/or work ethic.

In lieu of a statement of purpose, applicants are asked to submit a three-minute video that introduces yourself and summarizes your reasons for wanting to pursue a DPT degree at Anderson University. Qualified applicants will be invited to campus to interview and complete a writing sample.

For admissions-related questions, contact Marissa Fatt (