Doctor of Physical Therapy



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Overview

Move toward a fulfilling career in the unique Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Our DPT program is dedicated to the development of autonomous practitioners, motivated through faith, who can effect change toward healthy outcomes for the individual, and the local, regional, national and global community through service, leadership, advocacy and exemplary, evidence-based clinical practice. The PT field is projected to grow 22% through 2028, which means high demand for PTs and for the developed clinical skills you’ll gain through this program.

As with all Health Sciences programs at IWU, the DPT program will be congruent with the Mission and Vision of the School of Health Science and Indiana Wesleyan University, “committed to developing compassionate graduates that are clinically, professionally, and culturally competent for careers in Public Health, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and related health professions.”

Career Data

  • $84,609 - Mean Market Salary for Physical Therapists in the US, 2018 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)

 

Student Outcomes have been determined through a coordinated, Christ-centered lens that encompasses the mission and vision of the University, the School of Health Sciences, the Department of Physical Therapy and the ethical principles delineated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).Therefore, upon completion of the DPT program, the graduate will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Servant leadership and advocacy – Graduates of the DPT program will be adept at advocating for their patients’ needs and the profession’s behalf through servant leadership within their community, the profession and the interprofessional healthcare team. 
  2. Integrity and moral character – Graduates of the DPT program will reflect a Christ-likeness in their relationships with patients, families, colleagues, students, research participants, other healthcare providers and the public with pervasive veracity of moral character.
  3. Trustworthy, compassionate, and respectful care - Graduates of the DPT program will provide holistic care to patients and others that incorporate cultural, spiritual and individual differences with effective and sensitive verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Evidence-based, innovative practice with sound, reflective professional judgements- Graduates of the DPT program will provide exemplary clinical practice based on responsible, life-long assimilation of professional standards and evidence, expertise, patient values, and resources. Graduates will work collaboratively within an interprofessional team for optimal patient outcomes and health.
  5. Scholarship and research – Graduates of the DPT program will advance the body of knowledge for best clinical practice through collaborative research and critical analysis of current evidence.
  6. Global perspective – Graduates of the DPT program will embrace global initiatives that address healthcare needs of worldwide communities, and advocate and serve on their behalf. 
  7. Responsible practice management – Graduates of the DPT program will execute their professional duty, while being fiscally responsible stewards to benefit patients and society.

Due to our strength as the largest private University in the state of Indiana, IWU has access to classroom and lab resources that are unrivaled in our region.  At Indiana Wesleyan University, students learn in unique state-of-the-art facilities and lab spaces, including a well-equipped sensory-based pediatric lab, and an anatomy and neuroanatomy cadaver lab outfitted with media-based technologies.  Our human motion and musculoskeletal labs include XSensor® pressure mapping technology utilized for assessing and managing seating systems and a Dynavision2® machine to evaluate and treat visual motor integration.  Additionally, we have an entire three-bedroom “ADL House” offering students hands-on, realistic opportunities to develop assessment and training skills in environmental modifications, functional mobility and transfers, adaptive equipment, and improving skills to perform activities of daily living.  We have the only lab in an OT educational program in Indiana with a Bertec® computerized dynamic posturography machine for evaluating and addressing balance and mobility issues.  Finally, we have a state-of-the-art human motion capture laboratory utilizing 14 interconnected high-speed cameras which produces three-dimensional models of human movement patterns.

The DPT program is privileged to be part of the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. As the largest private University in the state of Indiana as well as the largest institution in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), IWU’s classroom and laboratory resources are outstanding.  DPT students will learn in unique state-of-the-art facilities and lab spaces, including an anatomy cadaver lab outfitted with media-based technologies. Along with OTD students, our students will utilize human motion and musculoskeletal labs include XSensor® pressure mapping technology utilized for assessing and managing seating systems and a Dynavision2® machine to evaluate and treat visual motor integration. The state-of-the-art human motion capture laboratory with 14 interconnected high-speed cameras to produces three-dimensional models of human movement patterns.will be used in coursework and research.  Further, we have one of a very few Bertec® computerized dynamic posturography systems in Indiana for evaluating and addressing balance and mobility issues.  Finally, we have an entire three-bedroom “ADL House” offering students hands-on, realistic opportunities to develop assessment and training skills in environmental modifications, functional mobility and transfers, adaptive equipment, and improving skills to facilitate patient performance of activities of daily living. 

 

 

Unofficial Transcript Review

Unofficial transcript reviews are available to help you determine if you have fulfilled the prerequisites and estimate your science and cumulative GPA.

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Registration for Open House begins - June 15, 2021
  • PTCAS Application portal opens - June 30, 2021
  • Application deadline - February 15, 2022
  • Interviews - November 2021, January 2022, March 2022
  • Classes begin for new cohort - May 2022

Upcoming 2021 Virtual Open House Events - 6:30-8pm ET

  • July 8th
  • August 12th
  • September 9th
  • October 14th
  • November 11th
Register for Virtual Open House

 

Please contact physical.therapy@indwes.edu with any questions and/or if interested in receiving email updates regarding program progress.    

 

 Cost of Attendance

 

DPT Program Spring Trimester

DPT Program Summer Trimester

DPT Program Fall Trimester

Total Cost of Program Academic Year

Total Cost of Program (3-year program cost, 2021-2023)

Tuition

$11,000

$11,000

$11,000

$33,000

 $99,000.00

Educational Resource Fee

$31.50

$31.50

$31.50

$94.50

$283.50

Books and Supplies

$4,000.00

Parking Fee

$25.00

$25.00

$50.00

$100.00

Background Check

$135.60

Graduation Fee

$100.00

Total

$103,619.10


Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Effective April 27, 2021, Indiana Wesleyan University DPT program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 765.677.3775 or email physical.therapy@indwes.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Complaints outside due process from external stakeholders may be made here by following the page to the Complaint Form link. Retaliation is prohibited following complaint submission. All submission resolutions are overseen by the associate provost in collaboration with the program director and/or dean of the School of Health Sciences as appropriate.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Doctor of Physical Therapy 124 Total $11,000 / trimester

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Payment for each term is due by April 30th for Summer, August 15th for Fall, and December 15th for Spring. Course textbooks, parking fees and fees for background checks and immunizations required to start the program are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the required core program. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, call 866-498-4968, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Published tuition and fees are subject to change.

Courses

Year One

Year 1, Trimester 1 SUMMER

DPT-701,DPT-702,DPT-721,DPT-741,DPT-761

Total 14 credit hours

Year 1, Trimester 2 FALL

DPT-703,DPT-711,DPT-722,DPT-742,DPT-762

Total 12 credit hours

Year 1, Trimester 3 SPRING

DPT-704,DPT-712,DPT-723,DPT-731,DPT-743,DPT-763

Total 16 credit hours

Total for Year One 42 credit hours


Year Two

Year 2, Trimester 4 SUMMER

DPT-751,DPT-713,DPT-724,DPT-732,DPT-744,DPT-771

Total 17 credit hours

Year 2, Trimester 5 FALL

DPT-705,DPT-714,DPT-725,DPT-733,DPT-745,DPT-764

Total 16 credit hours

Year 2, Trimester 6 SPRING

DPT-752,DPT-753,DPT-726,DPT-734,DPT-746,DPT-765

Total 15 credit hours

Total Credits for Year Two 48 credit hours


Year Three

Year 3, Trimester 7 SUMMER

DPT-747,DPT-727,DPT-735,DPT-895,DPT-866

Total 13 credit hours

Year 3, Trimester 8 FALL

DPT-748,DPT-881,DPT-882

Total 12 credit hours

Year 3, Trimester 9 SPRING

DPT-849,DPT-883

Total 9 credit hours

Total Credits for Year Three 34 credit hours

Total Overall Credits: 124 Credit Hours

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968 or email physical.therapy@indwes.edu.

 

Admission Requirements

  • An earned undergraduate baccalaureate degree of any kind from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale documented with official transcripts. The degree need not be completed at the time of application but must be completed prior to program enrollment.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework from an accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better, prior to the start of DPT coursework.
    • Sciences – Science GPA must be >3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Courses may not be > 5 years old. Two-thirds of Science prerequisites (approximately 21 credit hours – see prerequisite table below) must be completed to be considered for the application process. Only completed and transcripted courses will be considered. Therefore, fall semester courses from the year of application will not be considered in the application. Courses must be one year (two semesters or three quarters) each with a laboratory component for the following:
      • Anatomy and Physiology – one semester each or a combined two semester series. (Human preferred; mammalian acceptable. Exercise Physiology does not count toward this requirement.)
      • Physics (either algebra/trigonometry based or calculus based)
      • Chemistry (general, organic, biochemistry all acceptable)
      • Biology (Cellular. Botany excluded. )
    • Humanities and Social Sciences- one course in each of the following areas:
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
    • Statistics – one course
  • Completion of at least 80 verifiable clinical observation hours completed with a licensed physical therapist. At least 20 hours each are required to take place in an in-patient setting and in an outpatient setting.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) < 5 years prior to application. Since admission is a competitive process, combined verbal/quantitative scores above 300 are recommended as well as an analytical score of 4.0 or above. Scores will be “supersized” when the GRE has been taken repeatedly, selecting the highest score from each category regardless of the attempt. The IWU DPT program’s GRE code through PTCAS is 3099.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, one from:
    • A professor who is qualified to assess your academic performance.
    • A licensed physical therapist.
    • A non-family member. A pastoral reference is highly recommended.
  • On-site interview.

Graduation Requirements

  • All credits required in the program of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Minimum grade in each course of “B-“ or higher or a “pass” in pass/fail courses.
  • Successful completion of all Clinical Education courses to include site assessment documentation.
  • Payment of all program tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

 

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.

Classes begin May 2021

Faculty

rosanne.thomas-2.jpgDr. Rosanne Thomas is Chair and Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University.  She received a BS in PT and an advanced MS in neurological physical therapy from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School as well as a PhD in neuroscience, providing a basic science understanding to neurological PT interventions.  As both a neuroscientist and a physical therapist, Dr. Thomas is uniquely qualified as an educator and a clinician. She is an experienced educator in the areas of Neuroscience, Clinical Management and Neurological Therapeutic Skills.  Prior to her acceptance of the challenge of developing IWU’s DPT Program, she was a dedicated and experienced faculty member and associate dean of research at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for 18 years and the DPT Program Chair at Mount St Joseph University in Cincinnati OH for 6 years. Her research publication record is in student outcomes with several publications in Physical Therapy Education best practice.  

 

haley.brandt.jpgDr. Haley Brandt is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. Brandt has worked full-time at a non-profit facility, providing outpatient based land and aquatic based services. She is a Certified Aquatic Physical Therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

Angela.mosier.jpegAngela Mosier is the program’s administrative assistant and joined Indiana Wesleyan University in October 2013. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is married, has three children, and four grandchildren. She enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren and family and being outdoors. 

 

dan.poff.pngDr. Poff joined the faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in August of 2020.  He comes to this role with extensive administration and leadership experience in healthcare and academic settings.  Of particular note, were his roles as the Founding Director and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Milligan College in East Tennessee from 1998 to 2003 and as the Terry T. Munday Endowed Chair of Life Calling and Associate Professor of Leadership Studies with the School of Life Calling and Integrative Learning here at Indiana Wesleyan University from 2017 to June 2020.

Dr. Poff earned his doctoral degree from Purdue University in Family Science and Marital and Family Therapy (1999) and a master’s degree from Ohio State University in family relations and human development (1987).  His area of expertise and research interest involve the application of family systems theory to team functioning and leadership.

 

phyllis.rowland.jpgDr. Phyllis Rowland is Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005) where she completed a research project contrasting methods of hamstring stretching in children with cerebral palsy. Her PhD in Pediatric Science was obtained from Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences in 2016, where she studied the relationship between balance and motor skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder.  She is board certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as well as a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Dr. Rowland has experience as an administrator, supervisor, and consultant for therapists in school practice and early intervention services.  She is certified as a pediatric clinician through the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association.  Her primary clinical and research interests are in pediatrics and the neurophysiological development of infants and young children. 

 

carly.sullivan.jpgDr. Carly Sullivan is Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. She received a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Dance at Ball State University. She then went on to complete her doctorate at University of Indianapolis. She is board certified in Orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as well as a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as chair for the New Professional Special Interest Group. Dr. Sullivan has been involved with research investigating and utilizing specific treatment plans to improve hip osteoarthritis while using motion capture. She has experience as a mentor and clinician with special interest in orthopedics.

 

paul.sung.jpgDr. Paul Sung is Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Health Sciences at Indiana Wesleyan University. He received a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as well as a PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Sung has taught at several universities, including Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center and University of Scranton. His teaching and research interests include the mechanisms of spinal dysfunction as well as non-operative spine care and its clinical application to neuromuscular control. His work has been published in numerous articles in the field of clinical biomechanics, spine, motion analysis, and motor control. He was a recipient of the 2018 Richard Darnell Award as well as the 2019 Mabel E. Holton Award by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association for his outstanding leadership and research to both students and colleagues in the professional community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Specifics:

When did the program start?

  • The inaugural cohort started mid May, 2021.

How many students per cohort?

  • Up to 36 students will be admitted per cohort. A new cohort will start at the beginning of each summer trimester, in mid-May.

How long is the program?

  • The program is 9-trimesters and will take just under 3 years to complete including summers.

How does a trimester differ from a regular semester?

  • A trimester takes the calendar year and divides it up into three equal terms. Semesters have long fall and spring terms with a short summer term. Using trimesters allows us to avoid accelerated summer coursework. A trimester is approximately 12 weeks in length.

Is there an opportunity for global experiences?

  • Yes, there is a required global or transcultural experience that is interprofessional with OTD students. The cost for this trip is included in your tuition.

When will the program be fully accredited?

  • Effective April 27, 2021, Indiana Wesleyan University DPT program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org
  • Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.
  • Per CAPTE, "accreditation is a process used in the US to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis. Prior to graduation of the first cohort of students, the program completes the Accreditation Process." Please view CAPTE’s website for further details.

What is the total cost?

  • The tuition cost is $11,000 per term with 3 terms a year and 9 terms total, bringing the total tuition cost to $99,000.

Will scholarships and financial aid be available?

  • The office of financial aid works individually with students to procure appropriate student loans and aid based on their needs.

Are students able to work while in the program?

  • The Physical Therapy Program curriculum is rigorous, with a heavy study load. Successful completion will require the full attention of each student. Students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the Program.  No accommodations will be made in the didactic schedule or in clinical rotations for students who choose to work.

 

Admissions:

When does the admission process start?

  • The application process generally opens July 1st of the year preceding desired acceptance. The program uses PTCAS, the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System for all admission processes.

What are your minimum required GPA?

  • A cumulative and Science GPA of 3.0 out of 4.) is required.  All prerequisite coursework must be at least a grade of “C”.

Is a specific major required?

  • No, a specific major is not required as long as all the prerequisite requirements are met. This allows for a diverse cohort with different perspectives. Common majors include Exercise Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Health and Wellness, Psychology though majors in Business, Graphic Design and others have also occurred.

May I apply while in the process of completing my observation hours?

  • No, observation hours completed up to the application submission must be verified by a licensed physical therapist.
  • Due to constraints on clinical sites allowance of observation hours during COVID 19, you may request that required in-patient observation hours be reduced if you have not been able to complete them during your application process. This will be a question on the additional application forms within the PTCAS application. You may contact us at the PT mailbox: physical.therapy@indwes.edu to discuss your specific situation.

May I apply while in the process of completing my prerequisites?

  • Yes. Two-thirds of the Science prerequisites must be completed and verified by transcripts prior to application. All coursework must be completed and evidence of graduation from an accredited institution with a baccalaureate degree must be complete prior to enrollment in the program.

Some of my courses are old? Is there a time limit on prerequisites?

  • Ten years on completed prerequisites is a good figure to keep in mind. However, this will be considered on an individual basis dependent on the applicant’s degree major and work history since then. Bear in mind that the more recent completed Science prerequisites may be helpful in application to DPT foundational coursework. For example, an accepted student who completed the undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology requirement ten years prior may find the DPT Anatomy course particularly challenging when compared to a student who took an undergraduate course the year prior to enrolling in the DPT program.

What is the minimum GRE score accepted?

  • No minimum scores are required, however, acceptance into the program is a competitive process. Applicants with lower GRE scores relative to the applicant pool will not be accepted. Generally, competitive applications will have both verbal and quantitative scores of 150 or higher and analytical writing of 4 or greater. If an accepted student’s GRE analytical writing score is less than 4, that student may be required to take an IWU on-line writing course prior to starting in the program.

Do you superscore the GRE?

  • Yes! This means that the top scores for each GRE section will be taken regardless of GRE attempt.

How many recommendations? Who should write them?

  • Three letters of recommendation are required:
    • A professor who is qualified to assess your academic performance.
    • A licensed physical therapist.
    • A non-family member. A pastoral reference is highly recommended.

Do you require an interview?

  • Yes, an on-campus interview is required.It is possible that interviews will be held electronically should the pandemic situation require it. . The interview session is an opportunity for you to experience IWU and will include a program overview and lab demonstrations and is done in a group context. Individual interview sessions will not be accommodated.

Do you accept transfer credit?

  • No transfer credit from other DPT programs will be accepted.

Does the program require a background check prior to admission?

  • Yes. Most clinical sites will not allow students to do clinical experiences there without a background check. Additionally, certain findings on a background check may prevent a person from becoming a licensed physical therapist.

Can I be admitted if I left or was dismissed from another DPT program?

  • Yes, so long as the applicant meets all admission standards. No advance standing will be given.

 

Clinical Experiences:

When in the program of study do students get to go into the clinic?

  • Students start time in the clinic during the first trimester through our Early Integrated Clinical Experiences.
  • Full-time Early Clinical Experiences are a four-week experience at the end of Year 1.
  • Three Terminal Clinical Experiences of 8, 10 and 12 weeks duration in the 3rd program year.

Are there required practice settings to complete clinical experiences?

  • Yes, Early Clinical Experiences at the end of Year 1 will be 4 weeks in either an out-patient or an in-patient setting.

Can I have a clinical experience close to my home or at a location not yet established?

  • Yes. The DPT program has a policy and process in place to work with the Director of Clinical Education in setting up clinical placements for facilities that we do not have a contract with. Every effort will be made to set up final clinical experience close to where students plan to practice after graduation and licensure.