DPT Direct Entry

DPT Direct Entry

Trine University offers incoming freshmen a remarkable opportunity to gain “direct entry” to a doctoral degree in physical therapy after completing their undergraduate degree in three years or the traditional four years path.

Select new freshmen who have achieved superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to an undergraduate major may apply for direct entry to Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The most common majors are biology, biochemistry, and exercise science; however, other majors can be considered.

Direct entry can be achieved through selecting a 3+3 path, three years of accelerated undergraduate work, followed by the three-year doctoral program, or the more traditional 4+3 path, four years of undergraduate work plus three years of the doctoral program in physical therapy.

Direct Entry Admission Process

  1. Candidates must first apply and be admitted to an approved Trine University undergraduate program, which meets the requirements of the DPT Direct Entry program.
    • High school transcript showing minimum 3.50 GPA (4.0 scale)
    • A minimum ACT Composite of 25 or (old) SAT (R+M) 1150
    • Top 25 percent of high school graduating class
  2. Once accepted to Trine University, a candidate will complete the Application for Direct Entry into the DPT program (deadline: May 1)
    • Candidates will be contacted for an Interview with a Trine University doctoral program admission representative
    • Submit the Technical Standards form.
  3. Once admitted to Direct Entry, a formal letter of admission from the Director of the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy will be sent to the applicant. This will include a Letter of Intent, which must be signed, dated, and returned to the Trine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by June 1. If the letter is not returned by June 1, the next person on the waitlist will be admitted to Direct Entry.

Eligibility requirements will apply throughout your undergraduate experience; consult your advisor for details. Following successful completion of your undergraduate degree and all doctoral program requirements, direct entry candidates will be guaranteed a position in that year’s starting doctoral class.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is located at the newly renovated Trine University Health Sciences Education Center, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Application for Direct Entry: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The application process requires a brief essay (3100 character limit which is approximately 500 words) describing the extra-curricular and work activities in which you have been involved and personally contributed. Indicate how you believe these experiences have prepared you for a career in physical therapy.