Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

Physical therapy students
Physical Therapy students work together in the School of Health Professions computing lab.

Thanks for taking a closer look at the strengths and resources of UT Southwestern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. We’re dedicated to helping students prepare for a successful career in one of health care’s most rewarding fields — and we invite you to apply.

The Application Process

The first step is to complete the PTCAS online application by November 1. PTCAS is a web-based application system sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association that enables you to apply for multiple PT programs with a single application. We encourage you to apply for several programs to increase your chances of being admitted.

The GRE code for the UT Southwestern Doctor of Physical Therapy program is 6686.

The cost to apply can be found at PTCAS Fees.

Convergence Day
Physical Therapy students participate in Convergence activities along with graduate and medical students.

School of Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Physical Therapy program has a corpus of over $50,000 in scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants who are offered admission to the program. Scholarships may address opportunities for a diversity of applicants including: in-state tuition wavier for highly qualified out of state applicants, academic merit, and financial needs. The department offers specific scholarships opportunities, which are available to qualified candidates. More information regarding scholarship opportunities and the qualifications will be provided during the application and admissions process.

Important Dates

The Physical Therapy application cycle runs July 1–November 1. Once your application is complete and verified from PTCAS, our Admissions Committee will review your file. Due to the large volume of applications, we encourage applicants to submit all materials well in advance of the deadline.


If invited for an interview in January, you’ll participate in a group interview with three or four other applicants, meet with current students, and take a campus tour. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance, but if possible, bring an updated transcript in case there are questions about any of your classes.


After each interview day, our Admissions Committee makes a final review and notifies both members and alternates for the incoming class.

As You Apply

Each year, we receive more than 900 completed applications for approximately 43 spots. As you prepare your application, your goal should be to demonstrate that you are ready to handle the demands of the curriculum.

The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant as a whole. The quality and quantity of academic preparation, letters of recommendation, exposure to physical therapy, and community service activities reflected in your application materials and statements are all part of the evaluation process.

Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Read our Non-Discrimination Policy