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DPT Frequently Asked Questions

Would it possible to schedule a visit to your facilities?

Absolutely! Prospective applicants and their guests are always welcome to visit the Trine DPT Program, tour our facilities, and speak with faculty. Please contact us via email at, or call us at 260.203.2914, to schedule your visit.

When will the Trine DPT Program begin accepting applications for 2015 admissions?

Applications for 2015 admissions will be accepted beginning May 1, 2014.

What is the cost of out of state tuition for Trine University's DPT program?

Trine University is a private institution so tuition is the same for all students, regardless of their state residency.

Can I apply to the Trine DPT program directly from the high school?

Yes. 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.

What is the DPT program six-year plan? What are the criteria for the DPT six-year plan?                   

We have two pre-physical therapy majors: (1) Exercise Science / Pre-PT, and (2) Biology / Pre-PT.  These majors prepare a student for the Trine graduate physical therapy program and result in a bachelor's of science degree in either Exercise Science or Biology. These majors are for students who are accepted into the 6 year plan of study for the doctor of physical therapy program.

I have a Bachelor's Degree what are the requirements to enter DPT Program for me?


A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution completed prior to entering the DPT 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 with labs (excluding botany and zoology)
  • Two courses in general chemistry with labs
  • One course in human anatomy with lab
  • One course in human physiology with lab
  • Two courses in general physics with labs
  • One course in psychology
  • One course in statistics

Application Requirements:

  • In addition to a completed online application, you must submit:
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from three separate sources. One must be from a person qualified to evaluate your academic performance (such as a former instructor), while the other two should include a licensed physical therapist, physician or other professional who has knowledge of your prior experience and performance.  Trine forms (available here) must be used for all letters of recommendation.
  • Completion of at least forty (40) hours of Verified Clinical Observation.  The observation of Physical Therapy patient care must be documented on Trine COV Forms (available here).

What is the deadline for registration to the DPT Program for 2015?

The first round of applicant interviews for 2015 will be held November 7, 2014.  To ensure the best chance of being invited for these interviews, applications should be received by October 17.  We will, however, continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until all seats in the program have been filled.

Is there a fee for application to the Trine DPT Program?

There is no cost to prospective students to apply to the Trine DPT degree program.

Do I need to pass GRE?              

GRE scores are not required.

What does it mean Trine University is seeking Accreditation? Could you explain the accreditation process?

We submitted an application for accreditiation candidacy in March 2014 to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  On July 29, 2014 we were granted that candidacy and began enrolling students for fall semester 2014.  CAPTE requires a final review of the program, which will occur as our first class is completing their final semester.  Before their graduation a final decision will be made based on the review results.  A favorable review will result in Trine being awarded full CAPTE accreditation.

When selecting applicants for the Trine DPT program, are Trine students given special consideration?

Yes, Trine students are given a special consideration.

Can I transfer from another DPT program to the Trine DPT program?                    

No. Students coming from other programs may apply for acceptance into the program, but they must begin with the first semester and complete the full DPT curriculum.

Would the 3+3 option be available to a transfer student?    


I am a PTA, can I transfer some credits from the courses I took in the past?  Is there any of the classes from my PTA degree that would transfer toward the admission requirement?

In order to answer this question we need to know the institution that conferred the PTA degree and the courses that need to be considered for the admission requirements. Please feel free to contact us for further assistance

Where is the DPT program located?                    

Our Program is located at 1819 Carew Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 between the campuses of Parkview hospital and the VA hospital.

What is the expected tuition cost?                    

Tuition will be 6 spring and fall semesters at approximately $14,040 each, and two summer semesters at approximately $5,200 each. There will also be lab fees and required textbooks. 

For details, please visit our Cost and Investment page.

How many students are accepted into the Trine DPT program yearly?

Thirty-two (32) students will be accepted each year.

What does the Pre-physical therapy major mean? Will I be able to graduate with a degree in physical therapy from Trine or does that mean that at a certain point I will have to transfer?

We have two pre-physical therapy majors:

  • Exercise Science / Pre-PT, and
  • Biology / Pre-PT.

These majors prepare a student for the Trine graduate physical therapy program and result in a bachelor's of science degree in either Exercise Science or Biology. These majors are for students who are accepted into the 6 year plan of study for the doctor of physical therapy program. 

To be accepted

  • you must have a 3.5 HS GPA, 
  • you must be in the top 25% of your class academically, and
  • you must have an ACT score of at least 25 or an SAT score of at least 1150.                     

If you are not eligible for these Pre-PT majors, you can still enroll in any undergraduate major and complete the courses required for application to the DPT program. These courses are similar or the same as the requirements of most DPT programs.  Completion of the prerequisites is most easily accomplished in the Biology and Exercise Science undergraduate majors.

I am currently filling out the online application for the DPT program, and I have a question what the highest degree is that I have earned. Should I put "high school" or "Bachelor of Science" since that is what I will have prior to entering the DPT program in 2014?           

You should indicate your current highest earned degree.  We will review all transcripts to determine if a student is likely to hold a Bachelor's Degree in time to enter the DPT program.

Can I work while I am in DPT school?                    

Due to the time intensive nature of the Program, employment is discouraged.

Can I go to PT school part-time?                    

No. This is a 3 year, full-time program.

Does Trine provide housing for DPT students?                    

Not at this time. Students will need to secure their housing from one of the many options in the Fort Wayne area,

Does Trine award scholarships for students enrolled in the DPT program?

No. We do not currently have the funding to support DPT scholarships.

What are the requirements for Financial Aid at Trine?

Financial aid questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid located at the main Trine campus in  Angola.  Contact information is as follows:

Call: 260.665.4158 or 1.800.347.4878
Fax: 260.665.4511

Office Hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Does my degree in physical therapy allow me to practice physical therapy?

No. The degree in physical therapy is a requirement to sit for the state licensure examination. State licensure is required to practice physical therapy.

What are the requirements to practice as a Physical Therapist?

In order to practice as a licensed physical therapist in the United States, an individual must be a graduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and pass a licensure examination. Completion of an accredited program does not automatically guarantee that the individual can practice as a physical therapist.