Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

  • DPT Application Process

    Applications are considered for the session beginning in July only. The application deadline is November 1 for regular admission and September 15 for early admission. All application material must be submitted by the deadline. You may submit your application in July for the class that begins the following July. It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

    Application Material

    Applications are submitted online through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. Once your application portfolio is complete with PTCAS, it will be forwarded to The University of Iowa (UI).

    Items submitted through PTCAS:

    • Online application
    • Official transcript(s)
    • Three letters of reference
      • One letter must be from a physical therapist
      • One letter must be from a faculty member in the applicant's major area of study
      • The third letter is the applicant's choice

    Item submitted directly to the UI:

    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report from the Educational Testing Service (UI Institution Code: 6681)

    Interviews

    The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee requires personal, on-campus interviews. Because the number of students admitted into each class is limited, not all who apply for admission are invited for an interview. Interviews are scheduled in November for early admission and in January for regular admission. Notification of acceptance is normally made by December 1 for early admission and by March 1 for regular admission.

    Selection of Applicants

    Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee selects the applicants it considers best qualified for the study and practice of the profession from the pool of applicants who are interviewed.

    Admission is based on course work, grade-point averages, GRE scores, experience and rationale, recommendations, and interviews. Some preference is given to residents of Iowa. A broad exposure to physical therapy in more than one clinical setting is recommended. A suggested minimum is 50-60 hours.

    The 36 students selected have strong experiential backgrounds. The mean GPA of the entering class is generally around 3.60.

    Admissions Timeline

    Regular Admission

    July 1 - Begin submission of online application through PTCAS
    November 1 - Regular admission deadline (date materials must arrive at PTCAS)
    January - Regular admission interviews for selected applicants
    Early March - Notification of regular admission
    July - DPT Program begins

    Early Admission

    July 1 - Begin submission of online application through PTCAS
    September 15 - Early admission deadline (date materials must arrive at PTCAS)
    Early November - Early admission interviews for selected applicants
    December 1 - Notification of early admission
    July - DPT Program begins

    For additional information about The University of Iowa, you may also visit the UI General Catalog. Or, you may contact us at either:

    Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
    The University of Iowa
    1-252 Medical Education Building
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1190
    Phone: 319-335-9791
    Fax: 319-335-9707
    E-mail: physical-therapy@uiowa.edu

    Office of Admissions
    115 Calvin Hall
    The University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    319-335-1525