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Info Sessions for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Attend one of our monthly DPT info sessions at the TWU Dallas or TWU Houston centers and learn more about the program. The next sessions:

About the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

DPT Entry Program Brochure (2 pages printable)

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Texas Woman’s University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail:; website:    
  • The entry-level DPT program is granted accreditation until June 30, 2022 by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), following an exemplary review in 2012. 
  • Average Graduation rate for the last three classes was 93%, with the Licensure Examination pass rate of 100% pass rate in Dallas for 2013 and 100% pass rate in Houston for 2013. The pass rate for 2014 is 100% for Dallas and 100% for Houston.  The pass rate for 2015 is 98% for Dallas and 100% for Houston.  The Employment rate for our graduates is 100%. 
  • Average Acceptance rate of qualified applicants over the past 3 years was 31%, while the Matriculation rate (# of students starting /# of students accepted)during that same period was 64% (see attached tables for details). 
  • Our accredited program has a 40+ year history of graduating excellent physical therapists
  • The entry-level DPT program lasts for 33 months (See attached Degree Plan) and costs approximately $35,700 for In-state students and $74,000 for Out-of-state students for the whole program (See attached Tuition and Fees document for a semester by semester breakdown) Tuition Estimator can be found on the Bursar's website.
  • Academic and clinical classes are integrated throughout the program.
  • We have the only program in the country that offers a DPT to PhD Fast Track option
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty provides a wealth of learning opportunities.   
  • Apply for acceptance to either Dallas or Houston campuses through a single application process indicating your 1st choice /2nd choice.
  • For admission or prerequisite questions, contact Mary Beth Daugherty by email: or or by phone:  940-898-2460

Course Prerequisites/ GPA Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in any major must be completed with a minimum GPA for the last 60 credit semester hours courses of 3.0 at the time of application and maintained prior to the beginning the DPT program. If you are attending another university for your undergraduate education, be sure you and your advisor are familiar with TWU’s requirements for admission. The whole semester where 59-60 credits falls is included. All schools are included in chronological order. We do not accept pass/fail grades in prerequisites with the exception of CLEP or AP credit posted on a college transcript.  You must have successfully completed (mostly A’s and B’s) these prerequisites:

  • Chemistry with laboratory;  Two (2) semesters (8 credit hours) 
    • Chemistry for non-science majors is Not accepted
  • Physics with laboratory (algebra -based is acceptable / calculus-based);  Two (2) semesters (8 credit hours) 
    • Physics for non-science majors is Not accepted
  • Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory;  Two (2) semesters (8 credit hours)
  • College Algebra ; One (1) semester ; trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus will be accepted (Not Statistics)
  • Psychology (6 credit hours) -including General or Intro Psychology (3 credit hours) and one of the following: Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology or Physiological Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Medical Terminology

Strongly Recommended:
    Exercise Physiology
    Statistics (3 credit hours)
    Advance Physiology
    Neuro Anatomy / Physiology

Students who are able to take and pass these courses are considered better prepared for the professional DPT program and this will be recognized in the admissions scoring process.

Both the Last 60 hours and the Prerequisite Math & Science GPA (note courses included, see below) must be above 3.0 to be eligible to apply and maintained each semester before entering the DPT program (an offer can be rescinded.) All prerequisites including psychologies and medical terminology must be a C or better. (Note our typical accepted student has GPA's above 3.5 with mostly A's in prerequisites.)

GPA calculations are as follows:

 Prerequisite Math & Science GPA includes chemistry I & II, physics I & II, A&P I & II and algebra (or higher but not statistics).

Last 60 hours GPA can include post bachelors or graduate credits and then go into your bachelor’s degree.  It ends where 59-60 credits fall and includes the whole semester. (Range could be 59-73 hours)


Application Requirements / NEW Procedures

TWU will be participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service known as PTCAS, again this year beginning July 2016 for the applicants applying to the Entry DPT program for fall 2017. We encourage you to apply early!

Our NEW application deadline is October 17, 2016 (11:00 PM CST)

Note: The DPT program requires two (2) separate applications and fees.

 NOTE: If taking course prerequisites during summer 2016 term, consider waiting to submit your PTCAS application until your summer grades are posted on a transcript or they cannot be updated until mid-December.

Step 1: 

 Apply to TWU is the link to use the online and state-wide application form for Graduate studies [$50.00 application fee for most students; $75.00 fee for International Students]  or found at Apply before October 17.

Instructions for TWU Apply Texas Application:

  1.  Graduate Application (choose TWU Denton first, then campus later on)
  2. Select spring 2017 (choose this option if fall 2017 is not an option yet) OR wait until around Sept 1 when the fall 2017 option is available (this application is not user friendly to our program) Our program only begins in fall.
  3. Major: Physical Therapy Entry DPT  NOT Post-Professional  (Select your first choice campus)
  4. Degree seeking : Doctoral
  5. Ultimate Degree: Doctoral
  6. Enter Education information.  List all community colleges and universities attended (including high school dual credit). Also, project your course work in future semesters.  If you add any coursework after submitting the transcript, contact Student Records  to update/correct your application. 
  7. Enter residency information.
  8. Enter employment and references. (Note: PT Recommendations  must be submitted separately through  the PTCAS application, not on Apply Texas)
  9. Payment options.  ($50 fee directly to TWU which you pay online at end of application)
    • If you send a check, Personal checks are NO LONGER Accepted; it must be a certified check or money order sent to TWU.
  10. You must select “Ready to Submit” and then "Submit".
  11. After 48 hours, you will be able to create a PORTAL account on the TWU website. Locate your TWU Colleague ID # (seven digit # generally beginning with a 1)at the top of the page when you log in. (Remember your password and log in ID). You can track your arrival of transcripts, GRE scores and status through the Webadvisor in Portal.
  12. Note the TWU Colleague ID (seven digits and generally begins with a 1) needs to be recorded on the PTCAS application in the Supplemental area.



Submit to TWU the following supporting documents:

1.     Transcripts from all schools

2.     GRE scores (only the new version after 08/01/2011 will be accepted) and earn competitive scores on the Verbal, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Interpretive Data components of the GRE. (PTCAS Code 1673.)

3.     Resume Email to

4.     Prerequisite/GRE Form found on website  Email to

5.     International students from a country where the official language is other than English, must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TSE/Test A (Test of Spoken English) tests.  For a list of exempt countries and the TOEFL exemption form see:  

TOEFL iBT (for International applicants only) minimum scores accepted in each area for PT School:

Reading 21
Listening 18
Speaking 26
Writing 24
Total 89

Additional International Applicant Information:

Arrange for your transcripts to be mailed to:

 (Regular Mail)

Texas Woman's University
TWU Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204

(Overnight or Fed Ex or Lonestar)

Texas Woman's University                    
TWU Admissions Processing
304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76204 (no Saturday delivery)


Step 2:

 Apply to the PTCAS before October 17 via  

Apply Early!!! PTCAS processing may take up to 4-5 weeks once all required materials are received. We encourage you to apply early!!

Submit to PTCAS all supporting documents by October 17, which include:

1.     Transcripts from all schools (Send to both PTCAS and TWU)

2.     GRE scores (Send to PTCAS Code 1673, this code also sends them to TWU)

3.     3 letters of recommendations (2 must be from physical therapists after 40 hours with each)We require both inpatient and outpatient experiences.

4.     Essays, campus preference, and TWU Colleague ID (And see TWU Supplemental area of PTCAS)

 Arrange for your PTCAS materials to be sent to:

PO Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471

Phone:  (617) 612-2040

Remember that admission to the School of Physical Therapy is competitive.  For the incoming class admitted in the fall 2016 semester, the average last 60 hrs. GPA was 3.85, the average Math/Science GPA was 3.83 and the average GRE total for the Verbal and Quantitative subtests was 153 for each with a 4 on the written. 

Recommendation Requirements

TWU requires 3 letters of recommendation. Two (2) must be from a physical therapist with whom you have observed, volunteered, or worked with for a minimum of 40 hours each. Each physical therapist must be from a different facility and preferably different environments. Applicants must have time in both in-patient and out-patient environments.  TWU does not have a form to validate hours instead list every facility on your resume with a general amount of hours after each facility name. A third recommendation is also required, but this may come from another therapist at a third facility or therapy environment, or from a professor, employer or supervisor, who may not be a physical therapist.

The purpose for this requirement is to ensure that applicants to the professional physical therapy program have an opportunity to observe working physical therapists in order to make an informed decision about choosing this profession for their career.

Physical therapy is practiced in many different environments and therapists participate in the management of many different conditions and illnesses within each of these. So that applicants can be optimally informed about this as a professional career, they should learn as much about the profession as they can by direct contact with therapists in practice. This can be achieved through observation, volunteer or work experience in at least two physical therapy environments. Applicants are encouraged to interact with the therapists and learn about this profession and issues facing it (both good and bad). Applicants must have time in both in-patient and out-patient environments.

Having more hours with a variety of environments will be considered favorably, as it implies the applicant has made a greater effort to explore this profession in making their career choice.

Suggested therapy environments include (but are not limited to):

Acute care hospitals
Long term acute care facilities (LTAC’s)
Out-patient clinics (orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric)
Rehabilitation facilities (in-patient or out-patient)
Extended care facilities (nursing homes, elder day care centers where PT is practiced)
Home health
Aquatic therapy centers

Note:  TWU does not interview; your recommendation forms are very important!

 Accepted students will be required to provide proof of: Immunizations records, current CPR & AED certificates (including infant, child and adult) from the American Heart Association, and verification of medical insurance before the first day of class. A background check and drug test will also be required.  Drug screens will be conducted on site during the first week of the program.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2017

  • July 1, 2016 - Begin accepting applications for Fall 2017
  • Final deadline is now October 17, 2016 (CST 11:00 PM) 
  • December 15, 2016 - Target date for notifying accepted students
  • January 30, 2017 - Target date for notifying Alternates

page last updated 10/14/2016 12:46 PM