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Idaho State University

Admission Requirements

Requirements to Apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the Admissions FAQ.

Degree requirement:

A bachelor's degree must be completed before entrance into the program.  Any bachelor's degree is acceptable, but it may be beneficial to pursue a degree that includes many or all of our prerequistes (below).

GPA requirement: 

A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of undergraduate/graduate course work; however to be competitive, a 3.5 GPA is recommended.

Prerequisite courses:

A minimum 3.0 GPA in each of the major categories and courses in the table below.  Note that the Idaho State University Physical Therapy Admissions do not accept pass/fail grades in required prerequisites.  For students at universities that are awarding pass/fail grades due to COVID-19, we suggest you alert administrators that graduate schools are requiring letter grades for graduate school applications.

Major CategoryCourses Required


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Human Anatomy AND
Human Physiology

Exercise Physiology*

Three semester credits with lab

Exercise Physiology


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Chemistry 1 AND

Chemistry 2 (or Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry)


Each course must be four semester credits with lab

Physics 1 AND
Physics 2



One Psychology or Sociology course AND

One upper division Psychology course (200 or higher) with preference of Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology (Sports Psychology will not meet this requirement) 

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

This requirement can be waived by a statement from professor or employer noting competency in medical terminology.


*These prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past seven years.

Graduate School Entrance Exam Requirements:

Students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to fulfill the requirement. International Students also must submit a TOEFL examination. Minimum required scores for acceptance are:

Graduate Record Examination

Minimum combined score of 295 with at least 148 in verbal.

A minimum analytical writing score of 4.0.

All qualifying scores must be received on a single GRE occurrence.  For more information about the GRE or to schedule a test, visit their website Idaho State University's code for the GRE is 4355.


International students must obtain the following scores in each section of the TOEFL on one attempt.   Exam date must be within 2 years of application.

TOEFL Section  Minimum Score 
Reading  22
Listening 21 
Writing 22 
Speaking 24

Written Essay:

Produce a well – written essay and submit it through the PTCAS system.

Observation Hours:

Complete a minimum of 80 directly clinical care observation hours at two different physical therapy settings (sports, peds, home health, acute care, geriatric, etc.) and document them in the PTCAS system.

Letters of Reference:

Request 3 letters of reference; at least one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor, and two from physical therapists that have directly observed you.  Letters must be submitted by the author into the PTCAS system.


Idaho State University Admissions offers an opportunity to complete an online asynchronous interview for qualified applicants. All interviews are conducted using a video-based platform where students record and upload their responses to a series of interview questions for review by program faculty and the Admissions Committee. Students must have a computer with webcam and internet service to complete this interview. Instructions for completing the interview will be emailed directly to qualifying applicants by the Admissions Committee.

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Some exceptions to these admissions criteria may be made pending approval of the ISU DPT Program Admissions Committee and in accordance with Graduate School Policy. These exceptions must be petitioned/requested by the applicant in writing. For example: For individuals with advanced graduate work and/or field work directly related to program requirements exceptions may be made in the time frame of coursework and GRE scores.

NOTE: Upon Acceptance into the DPT Program
  • All students must show evidence of required immunizations. The Certification Form must be completed with documented evidence of vaccinations.
  • Students will be required to submit to a criminal background check.
  • Students must be certified in Health Professional CPR for adult, child and infant.
  • Students will be covered by general health insurance at all times while enrolled in the program; regardless of whether the academic schedule includes classroom instruction or participation in clinical rotations. Many clinical partners require proof of health insurance prior to placement on clinical rotations. This insurance is the responsibility of the student.