Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

If movement and function of the human body appeal to you, if helping people regain strength and reduce pain is rewarding to you, if developing fitness and wellness regimes for others excites you, then physical therapy may be the field for you.

PT student working with baby in pedi lab

TWU has been a pioneer in educating physical therapists since the 1960s, advancing the practice and science of physical therapy through education, research and service. Accredited by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), the program prepares students to take the National PT Exam and licensure in the State of Texas.

Faculty members are leaders in the PT profession in research, teaching and service and the majority of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or D.Sc. degrees. With the faculty-to-student ratio 1:12, expectations of TWU DPT graduates is high and the expected outcomes upon graduation include:

  • Provide effective and efficient patient/client management using evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate fundamental practice management skills
  • Promote health and wellness in the community: locally, regionally and/or globally
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Advocate for patients/clients and the profession

Graduation, licensure examination pass rate and the employment rate for our graduates can be found here.

Clinical education

Clinical Education is an important part of the DPT program. Students will have an opportunity to participate in five clinical education courses/rotations throughout the program. Currently, Texas Woman's University has approximately 400 sites across the United States under contract to provide clinical education to the School of Physical Therapy. That means DPT students have many choices when it comes to where they can complete their clinical education.

Admission requirements

A baccalaureate degree in any major along with our required prerequisite courses. Students may be in the process of completing prerequisites and bachelor’s degree when they apply.  After acceptance, in order to enroll, the student must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree and all outstanding prerequisites (courses yet to complete) with grades of A or B (C grades may be reviewed by the admissions committee). Applicants receiving an offer must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on their overall GPA (as calculated in PTCAS), the last 60 hours GPA and the prerequisites GPA at the time of application and maintain all GPA’s before beginning the program.

Note: The averages of our accepted students are much higher. 

full list of prerequisite courses as well as specific required math and science courses can be found in the DPT Brochure (printable) and in the graduate course catalog under School of Physical Therapy admissions. 

Physical therapy applicants should read and understand the School of Physical Therapy Essential Functions of the PT degree and profession before applying. 

DPT Prerequisites Quick Reference Table

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Chemistry I & II with labs 8 credits For science majors
Physics I & II with labs 8 credits Algebra or calculus based
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs 8 credits

Or 4 credits Anatomy and 4 credits of Physiology(each must have 1 hours labs)
(must have been completed within the last 5 years)

Algebra or higher or AP credit 3 credits NOT Statistics
Intro or general Psychology 3 credits  
2nd Psychology: Lifespan Developmental, Abnormal, or Physiological 3 credits  
Medical Terminology 1-3 credits Or universal class online Med Term 201

In addition to those listed in the course catalog, the following courses are also strongly recommended:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Advanced Physiology
  • Neuro Anatomy / Physiology

(Students who are able to take and pass these courses are considered better prepared for the professional DPT program and this will be recognized in the admissions scoring process.)

Program requirements

The DPT program requires eight semesters of full-time graduate study over 33 months (including summers). The degree requires 98 credit hours to complete including 32 weeks of clinical experiences/rotations. The DPT Sample Degree Plan may be used as a guide when planning your class schedule. A full listing of required courses for graduation can be found in the course catalog

Take the next step.

Attend an information session

Learn more about the DPT program at TWU at one of our monthly information sessions

Apply for admission

The application cycle is a year in advance. Candidates for admission to the DPT program must meet the general requirements for graduate admission. For a full list of admissions requirements for the DPT program, including prerequisite classes, please see the DPT listing in the course catalog. 

There are two applications required for this program. The first application is to the Texas Woman’s University Graduate School and can be completed through Apply Texas. The second is through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) with the application process opening July 1 for the program beginning the fall of the next year.   

To help you with this process, step by step instructions, including application deadlines, have been created. 

Contact the DPT program

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


Notification for out-of-state students

The Doctor of Physical Therapy prepares graduates to take the National Physical Therapy Exam required for licensure in every state. Individuals who wish to practice in Texas will apply for a license to practice through the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Requirements for state licensure vary from state to state. If you are a resident of another state, contact the licensing board of your home state for other requirements. Contact our department for additional information.


Complaints that fall outside of due process should be directed to Dr. Ann Medley, Program Director, School of Physical Therapy, or Dr. Christopher Ray, Dean of the College of Health Sciences.

Page last updated 4:35 PM, March 5, 2019