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.

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. A full listing of required courses for graduation can be found in the course catalog

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (Professional)

Program Contact

Mary Beth Daugherty
Admissions Coordinator
940-898-2460 /

Application Deadlines

October 15 (9 months before) is the final deadline. All materials must be received by PTCAS by 11 CST and TWU.  DPT program only begins in the Fall.

The application review cycle begins in July.  The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application opens July 1st one year in advance.

Applicants may be in the process of completing prerequisites and bachelor’s degree when applying. If accepted, in order to enroll the student must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree and all outstanding prerequisites in order to enroll.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in any major.
  • Required Prerequisites completed before program begins with a grade of C or higher (recommended that no more than three are outstanding at the time of application).
  • Overall GPA above 3.0 (includes original and retake grades of all college courses) as calculated in PTCAS.
  • Last 60 semester credit hours above 3.0 as calculated in PTCAS. It can include post bachelors or masters credits and then go into your bachelor’s degree. It ends where 59-60 credits fall and includes the whole semester. (Range could be 59-73 hours.)
  • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Must be completed within the last 5 years. TWU uses super scoring which is the highest in each area of all exams. Competitive scores are required within the last 5 years. This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A minimum of 80 hours observing 2 physical therapists from differently owned facilities (40 hours each). Applicants must have both inpatient and outpatient experiences. (Submitted through PTCAS.)
  • Current BLS certificates in CPR and AED from the American Heart Association (before entering the program).
  • Immunizations as required by the state of Texas, including 3-Hepatitis B, Tdap (with 9 years), 2-MMR, 2-varicella, TB test (expires after 12 months), and Hepatitis C testing. In addition, a flu shot is required in the fall of every year while in the program (August 1st before entering the program).
  • Testing for drugs and a criminal background check.
  • International students or if your bachelor’s degree is from a country where the official language is other than English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English tests and achieve scores of at least 24-writing, 26-speaking, 21-reading comprehension, and 18-listening comprehension - Total 89. For a list of exempt countries and the TOEFL exemption form visit the TWU International Student Admission website. All coursework from a foreign university must be evaluated by TWU’s International Education evaluator to establish U.S. equivalencies. Contact the coordinator for additional information.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (Code 1673). This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Official TOEFL scores (if applicable) sent to TWU (Code 6826).
  4. Send transcripts from all schools to both TWU and PTCAS.
    1. Texas Woman's University

      TWU Admissions Processing
      P.O. Box 425649
      Denton, TX 76204

      OR Electronically sent to

  5. Complete the online PTCAS application, pay the fee, and include the following supplemental materials:
    • Interest letter (4500 characters) that expresses your interest in physical therapy and why you wish to pursue an advanced degree at TWU. Describe your feelings about a career in healthcare and what motivates you to continue your education. Provide examples of your relationships with patients or others in need and explain why you believe you can contribute to the profession of physical therapy. 
    • Resume including schools, work experience, leadership roles, honors, volunteer experience (may be listed in general number of hours in this area) and hobbies.
    • A minimum 80 hours observing 2 physical therapists from differently owned facilities (40 hours each). Applicants must have both inpatient and outpatient experiences.
    • Three letters of recommendation: Two from physical therapists at differently owned facilities with whom the student has observed, volunteered or worked (minimum of 40 hours each). A Third recommendation which may be from employer, professor or third physical therapist from a third facility.
    • Campus preference
    • PTCAS materials to be sent to (requires cover letter, see the PTCAS website for details): PTCAS, P.O. Box 9112, Watertown, MA 02471.

NOTE: It is advantageous to apply as early as possible in order for you to receive notification if all materials have been received. PTCAS verification may take up to 4-5 weeks once all required materials are received. It is best to wait for summer grades to post especially if taking prerequisite courses.

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 12:41 PM, March 26, 2020