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Admission Requirements

Requirements to Apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the Admissions FAQ.

Degree requirement:

A bachelor's degree must be completed before entrance into the program.

Prerequisite courses:

A minimum 3.0 GPA in each of the following major categories:


Major CategoryCourses Required


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Human Anatomy AND
Human Physiology

Exercise Physiology*

Four semester credits with lab

Exercise Physiology


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Chemistry 1 AND

Chemistry 2 (or Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry)


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Physics 1 AND
Physics 2



One Psychology or Sociology course AND

One Upper division Psychology course (300 or 400 level) such as: Abnormal Psychology; Developmental Psychology (Sports Psychology will not meet this requirement) 

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

This requirement can be waived by a statement from professor or employer noting competency in medical terminology.


*These prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past seven years.

Graduate School Entrance Exam Requirements:

Students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to fulfill the requirement. International Students also must submit a TOEFL examination. Minimum required scores for acceptance are:

Graduate Record Examination

Minimum combined score of 295 with at least 148 in verbal.

A minimum analytical writing score of 4.0.

All qualifying scores must be received on a single GRE occurrence.  For more information about the GRE or to schedule a test, visit their website Idaho State University's code for the GRE is 4355.


International students must complete the TOEFL examination with a total score of 550 (paper based text) or 213 (computer based test)

Written Essay:

Produce a well – written essay and submit it through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) system.

Observation Hours:

Complete a minimum of 80 directly clinical care observation hours at two different physical therapy locations.

Letters of Reference:

Obtain 3 letters of reference; at least one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor, and two from physical therapists that know you and have directly observed you.

NOTE: Upon Acceptance into the DPT Program

All Students must show evidence of required immunizations. The Immunizations Form must be completed with documented evidence of vaccinations. All Students must also carry health insurance. Proof of health insurance will be required upon acceptance into the program. Students will also have to submit to a criminal background check and be certified in Health Professional CPR.

Idaho State University does not require you to have health insurance, however we strongly encourage you to do so.  Some clinical sites may require proof of health insurance prior to placement.  

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