Indiana University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Indiana University



Indiana University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007

Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Indiana University
1140 West Michigan Street - Coleman Hall 120
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119
Phone:   (317)278-1875
Fax:   (317)278-1876
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (317)274-7238
Financial Aid Phone:   (317)278-3278
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Lisa Riolo, PT, PhD, NCS
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, November 1959 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2001 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2006
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT Program consists of 101 semester hours of full-time coursework distributed over nine consecutive semesters, including both didactic study and clinical education. Students enter the program in August. Degrees are conferred in July. Prior to entering the DPT Program, students must have completed requirements for their baccalaureate degree and the following prerequisite courses. Listed credit hours are minimums. Humanities/Social Sciences (6 cr) - Two courses such as Sociology, Anthropology, Art, History or Philosophy. Introductory Statistics (3 cr.), Human Anatomy - One course, with laboratory (3-4 cr), Human Physiology - One course, with laboratory (3-4 cr), Chemistry - Two courses with laboratory (8 cr), Physics - Two courses with laboratory (8 cr). (Note: Level of the anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics courses must be appropriate for science majors and must have been completed within 7 years of entry into the program.) Psychology (3 cr), and Human Lifespan Development (3 cr). Students must demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology prior to entering the professional program. Students will need to be competent writers and demonstrate computer literacy including e-mail, Internet, database searches, spreadsheet and word processing capabilities. Selection for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is based on the overall GPA (minimum 3.2 on a 4.0 scale), the math and science prerequisite courses GPA (minimum 3.2 on a 4.0 scale), student’s suitability for the physical therapy profession as reported by volunteer experience supervising physical therapist assessment of generic abilities, and a statement of personal values to include reasons for choosing a career in physical therapy.
Students have part-time, integrated clinical education experiences throughout the first five semesters of the curriculum. Two 6-week full-time clinical education experiences are scheduled during the first and second summers. During the final semester of the Program, students complete 18 weeks of full-time clinical experiences culminating in a week long Capstone Seminar prior to graduation. Students are assigned experiences in acute hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities, and have the option to pursue an experience in a specialized setting ranging from sports physical therapy to pediatrics.
There are 11 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 70% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists and 60% are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio at program maturity is 1:9.8.
There are 28,000 students of diverse culture, gender, and age enrolled at the university. The physical therapy program has the capacity to enroll 36 students annually. Approximately 100 applications are received each year.
Application materials are available at anytime, with admission decisions for qualified applicants occurring on a 'rolling basis', generally within one month of receipt of completed application. Applicants can have no more than two course prerequisites unfinished at the time of program application and may be provided an admission’s decision contingent upon successful completion of degree and course prerequisite requirements. Deadline for program application is January 1st, prior to anticipated August of entry. 65% of qualified applicants are admitted to the Program (3-year average).
96% of admitted students graduate from the Program (3-year average). 100% of students who choose to be employed as physical therapists are employed (3-year outcomes for graduates of the program). The pass rate on the licensure examination averaged 98% over the past three years.
Tuition rates for the DPT Program for academic year 2006-07 are $322 per credit hour for residents and $695 per credit hour for non-residents. University fees include a student technology fee of $186.90 per semester a graduate activity fee of $76.61 per semester and an athletic fee of $32.73 per semester. Students are also responsible for various program related expenses. For information regarding room and board fees, please contact the Department of Housing at 317/274-7200. Approximately fifty percent of the physical therapy students receive some type of financial aid. For specific information, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 925 W Michigan, #305, Indianapolis, IN 46202; 317/274-4162 or
Indiana University/Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an urban research university created in 1969 as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities. IUPUI is the home campus for state-wide programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work and physical therapy. The campus ranks among the top fifteen in the country in the number of first professional degrees it confers and among the top five in the number of health-related degrees. Internet II and TransPAC are located here. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are available in the Indianapolis community. There is one dormitory and limited married graduate student housing available at this time on the campus, which is located just west of downtown Indianapolis. Newly constructed graduate student housing is available on campus, although the majority of the physical therapy program students live off campus in private apartment complexes. Access to an automobile is required.