University of Indianapolis

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Indianapolis



University of Indianapolis (A4, D6, E5, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/20/2004
Address:   Krannert School of Physical Therapy
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697
Phone:   (317)788-3500
Fax:   (317)788-3542
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (317)788-3500
Financial Aid Phone:   (317)788-3527
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Christopher Petrosino, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree,, December 1982 (no longer offered) DPT degree, August 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to prepare outstanding clinicians to enter practice across the full spectrum of physical therapy settings. Our program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as physical therapists in increasingly complex and independent roles. The three-year, 115-credit-hour curriculum begins with a strong foundation in basic and applied sciences and generic clinical skills. Students then progress to course sequences in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, medical, and integumentary aspects of physical therapy practice. A life span perspective, encompassing pediatrics to geriatrics, and an emphasis on physical therapy intervention across the continuum of care are integrated throughout the curriculum. Curricular threads include reflective practice, biopsychosocial concerns, healthcare roles, the healthcare team, and professional behaviors. Students are provided with opportunities to enroll in interdisciplinary courses and to become certified in areas related to physical therapy practice. Students enroll in the program on a full-time basis. During the traditional academic semesters, students spend up to 28 hours per week in class. The first year of the program runs from late August to June; the second year of the program runs from August through August; and the third year runs from August to May. Entry-level DPT degrees are conferred in May.
The entry-level DPT curriculum includes an extensive clinical education component, including integrated part-time clinical experiences in the first year of the program and 39 weeks of full-time clinical education in the second and third years. Full-time experiences include three 8-week rotations and a culminating 15-week clinical internship. The university maintains clinical affiliation agreements with more than 280 facilities in 35 states.
Eleven faculty members serve the entry-level program. Nine faculty members hold earned post-professional doctoral degrees. All faculty members are engaged in clinical practice to some extent. Over the past 3 years the faculty have averaged seven publications in peer reviewed journals. In addition to these faculty, several faculty members hold joint appointsments with our post-professional program. With these additional faculty, the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9.
Four thousand three hundred undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The professional physical therapy program accepts approximately 45 students per class.
Two to three complete applications were received for each available position in the class entering in Fall 2004. Over the past three years, approximately 80% of eligible applicants have been offered a position in the class. The median undergraduate grade point average (GPA) for the class entering in Fall 2004 was 3.58. Median GRE scores were 432 verbal, 597 quantitative and 4.3 analytical. A baccalaureate degree is ordinarily required for admission. Prerequisites include 3-4 semester hours of statistics; 6-8 semester hours in each: chemistry, physics, and behavioral sciences; 9-12 semester hours of biological sciences, including human anatomy and physiology; one 3-4 semester hour course in English composition, and documentation of computer literacy. Applications completed by October 15 are given primary consideration in our admissions process. After October 15, applications are processed in the order they are received and considered on a space available basis. A personal interview is required.
Due to the transition to the DPT, there was no graduation class for 2004, therefore these outcomes are based on the last three graduating masters classes. 91% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 90% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
Tuition for 2004-05 is $22,955. The major form of financial aid is Stafford student loans. There are three graduate assistantships per class, which include a 25% tuition remission. A limited number of scholarships are also available.
The Krannert School of Physical Therapy also offers post-professional masters and doctoral degrees for practicing physical therapists and a physical therapist assistant program. The majority of graduate students live off campus in one of several nearby apartment complexes. Married student housing on campus is available on a limited basis. Indianapolis International Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus. The campus is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, which offers dining, shopping, sporting events, theaters, and museums.