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Application and Admissions

Application Period: July 1 to November 1

Cost to apply is $155.

PTCAS charges $155 to apply to the first program and $60 for each additional program.

COVID-19 Admissions Updates

Due to COVID-19 precautions the following changes to our admissions process are in place:

  • Tours: No in-person tours or campus visits will be allowed. Please check out this virtual tour of our campus and check back for more updates.
  • Interviews: All admissions interviews will be held virtually. You will still meet with faculty and current students, but in a virtual forum.  Interviews will occur throughout Fall 2020 and into January 2021. Should you be selected, you will receive an invitation for an interview via email.
  • GRE: The GRE is still required.  You may choose the Test at Home Option if you prefer.   
  • Observation Requirement:  We recognize that planned observation experiences have been disrupted for many applicants. Therefore, applications will be reviewed individually to determine if the applicant has sufficiently investigated the profession to have a realistic understanding and demonstrate commitment to the field of physical therapy.  
  • Prerequisite Courses: Pass/Fail grades will be accepted for courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester. Online courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with COVID-19 taken into consideration. 

Important Dates

  • July 1: Applications Open
  • November 1 at 10:59 p.m. Central Time: Application Deadline – all materials due at PTCAS
  • May: New class each year begins its studies

Due to the large volume of applications, we encourage applicants to submit all materials well in advance of the deadline. Visit PTCAS to apply and check your application status.

GRE Code

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s institutional and departmental GRE Code is 6686.

Equal Opportunity

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

Requirements

To be considered for our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, students must:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree in any field at a regionally accredited US or Canadian institution
  • Earn a recommended cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete and submit an online application with PTCAS between July 1 and November 1. The application will require:
    • At least three letters of recommendation (see online application)
    • Your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • TOEFL scores if you’re an international student (see additional requirements for international students)
  • Earn 44 hours of credit in the prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher before entering the program

Holistic Applicant Evaluation

Each year, we receive more than 900 completed applications for approximately 43 spots. As you prepare your online 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 and takes a broad range of factors into consideration when evaluating students, including:

  • Quality and quantity of academic preparation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Exposure to physical therapy
  • Community service activities (reflected in your application materials and statements)

In-Person Interviews

Once we review all the applications, the next step is our interview process, which occurs in January. Applicants who are chosen for an interview will participate in a group interview with three or four other applicants. You also will meet with current students and take a campus tour. You don’t need to prepare anything in advance, but it is helpful to bring an updated transcript in case there are questions about any of your classes.

Acceptance Decisions

After each interview day, our Admissions Committee will make acceptance decisions and notify both members and alternates for the incoming class.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Physical Therapy program has the opportunity to award substantial scholarship funding to approximately 40% of the class. This scholarship opportunity significantly reduces student debt over the course of the professional program.  Scholarships opportunities include:

  • In-state tuition wavier for highly qualified out-of-state applicants
  • Recognition of academic merit, diversity, and community service
  • Assistance based on financial need 

We will provide more information about scholarship opportunities and the qualifications during the application and admissions process.

Information Sessions

Two female students watch as another student works with physical therapy equipment

OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION CONCERNING COVID-19, WE WILL NOT BE HOSTING ON CAMPUS INFORMATION SESSIONS AGAIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES. 

We recently held a virtual information session, a link to the recording is at the bottom of this page.

If you’re ready to learn more about UT Southwestern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, we invite you to visit us for a personalized information session. We can get to know each other and you’ll learn more about:

  • Physical therapy as a profession
  • Strengths of our program
  • How to apply

For more informationpt.sshp@utsouthwestern.edu us or call 214-648-1551. 

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