Idaho State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Idaho State University




Idaho State University (A4, D6, E5, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 03/20/2007


Address:   Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy

KasiskaCollege of Health Professions

Box 8045


Pocatello, ID83209

Phone:   (208)282-4095 Fax:   (208)282-4962

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (208)282-2159 

Financial Aid Phone:   (208)282-2757 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Alexander G Urfer, PT, PhD

Professor and Chair



  Accreditor:   The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges

  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, April 1991 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2002

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2016

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



Four clinical experiences for students are located in and out of state with option for orthopedics, neurological, acute care, cardiopulmonary, and pediatric management. Four 3-week practicum experiences are completed during the didactic portion of the curriculum. A final 8-week clinical externship completes the clinical component of the 3-year program encompassing 100 credits. Students should be aware that they cannot do all clinical experiences in the same state.



There seven full-time faculty members. Four of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, while the other faculty are all pursuing doctoral degrees. Three are clinical specialists, and non-doctoral qualified. All of the faculty are engaged in clinical practice.



IdahoStateUniversity has a total enrollment of 13,600 students with 2,100 at the graduate level. The DPT program has a total enrollment of 52 students (28 Female and 24 male).



Applications are sent out beginning August 1 with an initial deadline of December 15. Applications after this deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case rolling admissions basis and seats are offered on an available basis with a waiting list established. Notification of acceptance is made by April 1 or earlier. The grade point average (GPA), recommendations, Graduate Record Examination/ (GRE) and or TOEFL exams are evaluated the admissions process. Prerequisite courses include: 3 courses in each: anatomy (with lab), physiology (with lab), and exercise physiology and 2 courses in each: chemistry (with labs), and physics (with labs); and 1 course each: statistics, and introductory psychology, a sociology/psychology/health science/anthropology or an upper-division psychology course and human growth and development. Clinical experience of 80 hours is required in at least two physical therapy settings. Specific admission requirements are available via the department web site and upon request. 50% of qualified applicants are admitted the program (3-year average).



98% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 98% of graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination the first time (3-year average); 98% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).



The tuition for the 2007-2008 academic year is $2,637.00 per semester for residents and $7,192.00 per semester for non-residents. There is and additional fee of $820.00 per semester for residents and $2,829.00 per semester for non-residents. On-campus room and board expenses are $1,660.00 for room, $1,695.00 for board per semester.



Idaho State University is located in Pocatello, which is served by public transportation systems (bus, trains, and airlines). There are 85 buildings on campus with a wide array of single and married student housing. The university is located a short distance from Salt Lake City, Utah, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks. Idaho State offers advanced degrees at the doctorate level in biological and social sciences, and in education. The climates hot and dry in the summer with mountain snow in the winter. Numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation are available locally and regionally.