DPT 3+3 Degree path

Direct Admit Degree Path

We offer a six-year plan of study to qualified students leading to a bachelor's degree in either exercise science or biology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. To be accepted into this program, students must:

  • Graduate HS with a 3.5 GPA
  • Graduate in the top 25% of their HS class (academically), AND
  • Have an ACT score of at least 25 or an SAT score of at least 1150.

During the first three years of this plan of study, students need to:

  • Complete all prerequisite courses (see course catalog)
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete 40 hours of physical therapy observation

Students who are unable to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA may still apply to the DPT program upon completion of a Bachelor Degree through the graduate admission process.

Students enrolled in the Direct Admit DPT program are considered undergraduates in years one, two and three. During this time, students will enroll in courses held on Trine University's main campus in Angola, Indiana.  The fourth, fifth, and for some their sixth years they are considered a graduate student, and will take courses at Trine's Fort Wayne campus.

Students who wish to pursue the Direct Admit degree path may qualify for a Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track Scholarship. This award is valued at $2,000, and is renewable as long a student maintains a 3.5 GPA and is considered an undergraduate student. To be considered for this award, a student should:

  • have a High School GPA of at least 3.5
  • be ranked in the top 25% of their graduating class (academically)
  • have an SAT total score (CR + M) of at least 1150 or an ACT composite score of at least 25

Students in the Direct Admit degree program will not be eligible to receive any institutional scholarships during years four, five, and six when they are considered a graduate student. Students are encouraged to investigate alternative funding opportunities to complete graduate school during these last years. 


Take the first step

Ready to get started? Complete an undergraduate application and select a major in either Biology or Exercise Science.