Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institution;
- Minimum grade requirements: 3.000 GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours; 3.000 GPA in prerequisite courses; and 3.000 overall GPA. Receive a grade that generates at least 2.000 credit points per credit hour in all prerequisite courses;
- Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to the beginning of summer courses in the curriculum:
- biology—one semester of introductory biology with a laboratory;
- anatomy and physiology — minimum of 5 credit hours with laboratory;
- college chemistry — two semesters with laboratories;
- college physics — two semesters with laboratories;
- English composition — two semesters;
- exercise physiology — one semester;
- medical terminology — one semester hour minimum;
- speech — one semester;
- mathematics — college trigonometry or equivalent;
- statistics — one semester;
- social sciences — psychology, one introductory course and one advanced course;
- Math/science prerequisite coursework can be no more than 10 years old at the time of application to the DPT program. Coursework more than 10 years old will need to be repeated for a letter grade;
- Physical therapy clinical observation of twenty (20) hours in one or more physical therapy departments;
- International students must submit either an official TOEFL minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or IELTS with an minimum overall band score of 7.5, or a PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 73; and
- Official scores from the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years, with verbal and quantitative sections combined scores to be greater than 290.
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must:
- Seek an application packet from the Graduate School, and review application process at the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) http://www.ptcas.org;
- Submit the designated application for admission and supporting transcripts to the Graduate School; and
- Submit the designated application to PTCAS by the published deadline.
Any applicant who has completed entry-level physical therapist education, regardless of degree or location of program, will not be considered for admission to the entry-level DPT program at Wichita State University.
Complete applications are reviewed by the physical therapy department in a timely manner. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by the Graduate School. Once an applicant has been admitted, he or she will be asked to submit a $100 nonrefundable tuition deposit to reserve a space for summer admission. Once the student enrolls, these funds will be credited toward the payment of tuition.
Students are advised to contact the department for any changes in the program course requirements or in prerequisite requirements. Information is also available on the department website (http://wichita.edu/pt).
The program requires full-time study for a period of 36 consecutive months. Students enter the program in the summer semester only. The student must maintain a 3.000 GPA as required by the Graduate School and achieve a grade that generates at least 2.000 credit points per credit hour in each of the following courses:
Please contact the physical therapy graduate program office for the most recent information regarding curriculum.
|Summer Semester||Credit Hours|
|PT 700||Pathophysiology for PT||3|
|PT 708||Introduction to Professional Practice I||2|
|PT 709||Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|PT 755||Clinical Pharmacology for Physical Therapists||2|
|PT 725||Anatomy for Physical Therapists||6|
|PT 731||Clinical Kinesiology||3|
|PT 736||Physical Agents||4|
|PT 741||Clinical Practicum and Seminar I||2|
|PT 751||Foundations of Research||2|
|PT 761||Clinical Practicum and Seminar II||2|
|PT 770||Musculoskeletal Clinical Medicine||2|
|PT 771||Critical Inquiry I||2|
|PT 772||Foundations of Clinical Skills||2|
|PT 773||Neuroscience I||2|
|PT 774||Neuromuscular Interventions I||2|
|PT 781||Foundations of Musculoskeletal Examination and Intervention||3|
|PT 724||Culturally-Informed Care||3|
|PT 852||Clinical Education I||8|
|PT 821||Professional Practice I||2|
|PT 831||Musculoskeletal Management of the Upper Quarter||3|
|PT 848||Life Span of the Adult||2|
|PT 851||Critical Inquiry II||2|
|PT 853||Neuroscience II||2|
|PT 854||Neuromuscular Interventions II||2|
|PT 858||Prosthetics & Orthotics||2|
|PT 859||Integumentary Conditions and Acute Care||2|
|PT 891||Musculoskeletal Management of the Cervical/Thoracic Spine and TMJ||2|
|PT 861||Professional Practice II||3|
|PT 871||Critical Inquiry III||2|
|PT 874||Neuromuscular Interventions III||2|
|PT 877||Clinical Knowledge and Practice in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions||2|
|PT 881||Musculoskeletal Management of the Lower Quarter||3|
|PT 892||Musculoskeletal Management of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis||1|
|PT 898||Life Span of the Infant & Child||2|
|PT 899||Principles of Education for Physical Therapists||2|
|PT 953||Clinical Eduction II||10|
|PT 954||Clinical Education III||10|
|Electives: Students may take up to 3–4 credit hours 1||3|
|PT 955||Clinical Education IV||10|
|PT 975||Diagnostic Imaging for the Physical Therapist||1|
|PT 990||Clinical Conference I||1|
|Total Credit Hours||124|
Students may take up to 3–5 additional credit hours of elective coursework, with departmental consent.1 The courses include:
|PT 790||Selected Topics in Physical Therapy||1-4|
|PT 799||Experimental Course||1-4|
|PT 840||Directed Study||1-3|
|PT 934||PT Advanced Strength and Conditioning in the Athletic Population||2|
|PT 943||Practice Management||2|
|PT 951||Evidence-Based Practice||1|
|PT 980||Licensure Exam Review||1|
3 credit hours of electives are required to complete the program.
Students in Doctor of Physical Therapy program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met with successful completion of PT 751, PT 771, PT 851, PT 871, PT 852, PT 953, PT 954, and PT 990.
Students will be required to purchase uniforms and other clinical apparel, professional and general liability insurance, health insurance coverage, and specified immunizations, as well as submit evidence of an annual physical examination while in the program. Students must also be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to entering the program, and must maintain that certification during their enrollment in the curriculum.
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the health care facilities used for clinical experiences. During clinical assignments outside Wichita, students may be required to pay all living and travel expenses.
Students are referred to the Department of Physical Therapy Student Handbook for more details on special departmental policies and procedures.