Step-by-Step Instructions for DPT Application

Application deadlines for Fall 2021

(Application deadlines for Fall 2020 have passed.)

  • July 1, 2020 – Begin accepting applications for Fall 2021
  • October 15, 2020 – Final deadline (CST 11 p.m.)
  • December 15, 2020 – Target date for notifying accepted students
  • January 30, 2021 – Target date for notifying alternate students

Apply for Admission

Applicants meeting admission requirements may take the following steps to apply for admission to the DPT program:

Step 1:

Go to Apply to TWU for the online and state-wide application form for graduate studies ($50.00 application fee for most students; $75.00 fee for international students). Applicants may also apply through the Apply Texas website.

Instructions for TWU Apply Texas application:

  1. Choose Graduate Application (choose TWU Denton first, then campus later on)
  2. The DPT program begins only in the fall. It may be necessary for you select the prior spring semester if the fall semester is not yet an option.
  3. Major: Select Physical Therapy Entry DPT (NOT Post-Professional)
  4. Select your first choice campus: either Dallas or Houston
  5. Degree seeking: Doctoral
  6. Ultimate Degree: Doctoral
  7. Enter Education information. List all community colleges and universities attended, including high school dual credit. Please project your course work in future semesters.  If you add any coursework after submitting the transcript, contact Student Records to update/correct your application
  8. Enter residency information
  9. Enter employment and references (Note: Required PT recommendation letters must be submitted separately through the PTCAS application, not on Apply Texas)
  10. Payment options: $50 fee may be paid online at end of application or a certified check or money order may be sent to TWU (personal checks are not accepted)
  11. You must select “Ready to Submit” and then click "Submit"
  12. To track your application, you may create a Portal account 48 hours after application submission. Your TWU Colleague ID number (seven digit number generally beginning with a 1) at the top of the page when you log in
  13. In order to complete the PTCAS application, you will need your TWU Colleague ID number

Step 2:

In order to complete the application, you will need to submit the following supporting documents to Texas Woman’s University:

  1. Official transcripts from all schools mailed to:
    Texas Woman’s University
    TWU Admissions Processing
    P.O. Box 425649
    Denton, TX 76204

    For expedited delivery (no Saturday delivery):
    Texas Woman’s University
    TWU Admissions Processing
    304 Administration Dr.
    Denton, TX 76204

  2. Resume uploaded to PTCAS

  3. For international students only: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TSE/Test (Test of Spoken English) tests are required where English is not the official language of home country. International students from exempt countries must submit a TOEFL exemption form.
    • TOEFL iBT (for International applicants only) minimum scores accepted for School of Physical Therapy:
      • Reading 21
      • Listening 18
      • Speaking 26
      • Writing 24
      • Total 89

Additional information for international students can be found on the website under international education.

Step 3:

Apply online to PTCAS before October 16. PTCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received. You are encouraged to apply early!

By the October 15 deadline, please submit to PTCAS all supporting documents including:

  • Transcripts from all schools (send to both PTCAS and TWU)
  • GRE scores (send to PTCAS Code 1673, this code also sends them to TWU)
  • Three letters of recommendations (see required recommendation letters below)
  • Essays, campus preference, and TWU Colleague ID (see TWU supplemental area of PTCAS)

All materials should be sent to:
PO Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471

Phone: (617) 612-2040

Admission to the School of Physical Therapy is competitive. For the incoming class admitted in the fall 2018 semester, the average last 60 hours GPA was 3.85, the average Math/Science GPA was 3.83 and the average GRE total for the Verbal and Quantitative subtests was 153 for each with a 4 on the written.

Required Letters of Recommendation

TWU requires three letters of recommendation which should be included in the PTCAS materials. Two (2) must be from a physical therapist with whom you have observed, volunteered, or worked with for a minimum of 40 hours each. Each physical therapist must be from a different facility and preferably different environments. Applicants must have time in both in-patient and out-patient environments. TWU does not have a form to validate hours, instead list every facility on your resume with a general amount of hours after each facility name. A third recommendation is also required, but this may come from another therapist at a third facility or therapy environment, or from a professor, employer or supervisor, who may not be a physical therapist.

The purpose for this requirement is to ensure that applicants to the professional physical therapy program have an opportunity to observe working physical therapists in order to make an informed decision about choosing this profession for their career.

Physical therapy is practiced in many different environments and therapists participate in the management of many different conditions and illnesses within each of these. So that applicants can be optimally informed about this as a professional career, they should learn as much about the profession as they can by direct contact with therapists in practice.

Having more observation, volunteer, or work hours within a variety of environments will be considered favorably, as it implies the applicant has made a greater effort to explore this profession in making their career choice.

Suggested therapy environments include (but are not limited to):

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Long-term acute care facilities (LTAC’s)
  • Out-patient clinics (orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric)
  • Rehabilitation facilities (in-patient or out-patient)
  • Extended care facilities (nursing homes, elder day care centers where PT is practiced)
  • Home health
  • Aquatic therapy centers

Note: TWU does not interview; your recommendation letters are very important!

Accepted students will be required to provide proof of: Immunizations records, current CPR & AED certificates (including infant, child and adult) from the American Heart Association, and verification of medical insurance before the first day of class.

In addition, accepted students will be required to submit written acknowledgement that they can perform the School of Physical Therapy Essential Functions. A background check and drug test will also be required.

Drug screens will be conducted on-site during the first week of the program.

Contact the DPT Program

For additional information, please contact Mary Beth Daugherty, Coordinator of Allied Health Applications:

Email: Mary Beth Daugherty
Telephone: 940-898-2460

Page last updated 4:14 PM, January 21, 2020