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Physical Therapy

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The doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) program offers a unique advantage with the onsite Texas State Physical Therapy Clinic and a student-run pro bono clinic. Under the supervision of experienced, licensed faculty, students treat patients with various conditions. Combined with a unique curriculum design, cost-effective state tuition, and a 100% national board exam pass rate and employment rate, the nationally accredited program has garnered unsurpassed community support and reputation.

Students contribute to the health needs of society through education, scholarly activities, service, and professional practice.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Janet Bezner
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 336

Advisor Support
Brittany Needham
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 336

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Suzanna Okere
Willow Hall (WILW), Room 336

“The Texas State University Doctor of Physical Therapy program’s stellar curriculum and all-star faculty prepared me to provide amazing patient care with confidence.”

— Dr. Thomas F. Lawlor, PT, D.P.T. ’13, M.S. ’13, Exercise Science, Manual Therapy Certified, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Staff Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists

Course Work

Texas State’s physical therapy program is a three-year, nine-semester cohort course of study with 99 credit hours that culminates in the doctor of physical therapy degree. The course load for the degree ranges from 6-15 credit hours per semester. The program offers strong collaborative relationships with local clinical sites, short term study abroad, and international clinical education site options, as well as residency and fellowship education programs. All students are required to complete full-time clinical education experiences. Part-time experiences will be completed in the Texas State Physical Therapy Clinic. Clinical experiences and internships may be completed at locations in or outside the Central Texas area.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
D.P.T. 99 hours No Dissertation 99 hours
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Over the last 20 years, 98% of the program’s students have graduated with a 100% employment rate. The overall national board exam pass rate required for licensure is 100%.

Program Mission

The Department of Physical Therapy is a community of individuals who fulfill their professional obligation to contribute to the health needs of society through education, scholarly activities, service, and professional practice.

To accomplish this mission, our community extends beyond the faculty, staff, and students of the department to include our colleagues and patients/clients; our undergraduate and graduate educational activities are student-centered and inclusive of professional values, standards, and guidelines; our scholarly activities contribute to the professional body of knowledge; our service activities are provided at all levels of the professional organization, the institution, and community; and our excellence in practice is demonstrated by serving as clinicians and consultants in the multicultural environment of Central Texas and beyond.

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Program Faculty

The Texas State Physical Therapy Department faculty value the importance of continued learning and development of the body of professional knowledge for the growth of the physical therapist profession and improvement in patient care services. The faculty believe that the professional education environment must provide the opportunity for, and involvement in, research activities. These research areas include basic and applied clinical research, administrative research, and educational research activities. Many faculty members are board-certified specialists who maintain active clinical practices. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1-to-10.

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Career Options

Graduates of the physical therapy program will become professionals who provide a unique perspective on purposeful, precise, and efficient movement based upon their knowledge of the movement system and expertise in mobility and locomotion. The degree provides the opportunity for career settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall No Admission No Admission
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I September 15 September 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fees

  • separate PTCAS application fee
    and either
  • $80 nonrefundable application fee
  • $115 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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International Transcripts

  • a copy of an official transcript from each international institution attended. Transcripts issued by U.S. institutions must be submitted through PTCAS.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

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