Doctor of Physical Therapy

  1. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institution;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. Physical therapy clinical observation of twenty (20) hours in one or more physical therapy departments;
  6. 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
  7. 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 should do the following:

  1. Seek an application packet from the Graduate School, and review application process at http://ptcas.org;
  2. Submit the designated application for admission and supporting transcripts to the Graduate School; and
  3. Submit the designated application to Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (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 when received by the 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 the summer admission. Once the student enrolls, this money will be counted toward 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.

Program Requirements

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredit 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
 Credit Hours10
Fall Semester
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
 Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
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
PHS 824 Cultural Competency in Health Care 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Year
Summer Semester
PT 800 Clinical Education I 4
PT 850 Clinical Education II 4
 Credit Hours8
Fall Semester
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
 Credit Hours19
Spring Semester
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
 Credit Hours17
Third Year
Summer Semester
PT 900 Clinical Education III 10
 Credit Hours10
Fall Semester
PT 950 Clinical Education IV 10
Electives: Students may take up to 3–4 credit hours 3-4
 Credit Hours13-14
Spring Semester
PT 970 Clinical Education V 10
PT 975 Diagnostic Imaging for the Physical Therapist 1
PT 990 Clinical Conference I 1
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours124-125

Elective(s)

3 credit hours required to complete program. Students may take up to 3–5 additional credit hours of elective coursework, with departmental consent. The courses include:

PT 790Selected Topics in Physical Therapy1-4
PT 799Experimental Course1-4
PT 840Directed Study1-3
PT 932PT Sports Orthopedics2
PT 933Advances in Orthotics1
PT 934PT Advanced Strength and Conditioning in the Athletic Population2
PT 941PT Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation I2
PT 942PT Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation II2
PT 943Practice Management2
PT 951Evidence-Based Practice1
PT 980Licensure Exam Review1

Special Requirements

Students will be required to purchase uniforms and other clinical apparel, professional 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.