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DPT Admission Requirements

Undergraduate program and DPT Direct Entry Admissions  - [ Learn more ]

The pre-physical therapy professional track is designed for students preparing to apply to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This track can be associated with any major.

First-year students who have achieved superior academic performance in high school may apply for the Trine University DPT Direct Entry program.

DPT Admission -


You can also apply through the new PTCAS System

This path is for students who will have a bachelor's degree prior to entering the Trine University Doctor of Physical Therapy 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 B for prerequisite courses.
      • Due to grading changes made by schools in response to the COVID-19 situation, grades of satisfactory (S), pass (PA), and the like will be accepted for prerequisite courses completed January through August 2020.

    • Evidence that the following prerequisite courses will be completed prior to entering into the program:

biological sciences (excluding botany and zoology) with labs



general chemistry with labs



human anatomy with lab



human physiology with lab



general physics with labs









Application Requirements:

  • 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.
  • GRE scores are optional for the 20-21 admissions cycle (GRE Code for Trine University is 1811)
  • Completion of 40 hours of observation of PT patient care documented using the clinical observation verification form.

Clinical Observation Hour Requirements

The reason for the Observation Hour requirement is to promote a fuller understanding of the profession you are pursuing. We understand the restrictions related to the current pandemic may make obtaining Clinical Observation Hours difficult.The challenges also have brought out creative ways of adapting to the “new normal”.

For the 2020-2021 Admissions cycle we will waive the 40 hour requirement but strongly encourage you to consider creative ways to demonstrate career exploration such as:

  • Telehealth with a Physical Therapist who is using this option to provide care when face-to-face is not possible
  • Observation of a non-PT health care provider (Physician, Nurse etc.)
  • Telehealth with a non-PT health care provider
  • Essay of what you see as the challenges and opportunities of the social distancing requirements we have worked under since March 2020

 If you have questions about this or any part of the admissions process, email us at

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.  We have a rolling admissions cycle.