Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Trine University will provide students with the skills and expertise needed for a rewarding career as professional physical therapists.
The Trine Difference
At Trine, we understand that real-world experience is vital for the development of first class clinicians. This is why, in every semester, our students will be in hospitals and clinics learning from clinical experts. As a member of the Life Sciences Consortium of Northeast Indiana*, Trine University is able to provide its students with these rich clinical education experiences in an unparalleled combination of highly qualified faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.
The doctor of physical therapy program will be located in newly renovated space in Fort Wayne within walking distance of two medical centers. These facilities include state of the art anatomy labs, clinical labs, and classrooms. Student will also enjoy study space, dining amenities, and adjacent garage parking.
There are two paths to admission to the Trine University DPT program: (click on path to see full information)
Path 1: Freshman Admission
This path, for incoming freshmen meeting specific criteria, allows students to complete a 6-year plan of study with a bachelor’s degree in either exercise science or biology and a graduate degree in physical therapy.
- 3.5 High School GPA
- Top 25% of High School Class
- SAT above 1150 / ACT above 25
- Completed Application
- By the end of the second undergraduate year,the student must complete 40 hours of observation of PT patient care documented using the clinical observation verification form
Path 2: Graduate Admission
This path is for students who will have a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the DPT program.
- Evidence that a bachelor’s degree will be completed prior to entry into the program.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a C.
- Evidence that the following prerequisite courses will be completed prior to entering into the program:
- Two courses in biological sciences (excluding botany and zoology)
- Two courses in general chemistry with lab
- One course in human anatomy with lab
- One course in human physiology with lab
- Two courses in general physics with lab
- One course in psychology
- One course in statistics
- Completed Application
- Three completed recommendation forms: one from a person qualified to evaluate your academic performance (such as a former instructor) is required; one from a licensed physical therapist or physician is suggested.
- Completion of 40 hours of observation of PT patient care documented using the clinical observation verification form
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* The Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana is a regional initiative to align and leverage education, applied research, business incubation and economic development resources focusing on life sciences and health care. Consortium members include Trine University, Parkview Hospital, Huntington University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Fort Wayne Community Schools. The Consortium is committed to generating a world-class center with a focus on rehabilitation, senior care and behavioral health.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Trine University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. and CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.