rosanne.thomas.jpgIndiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce the initial phase of development of a Doctor in Physical Therapy program with the addition of Dr. Rosanne Thomas as the founding program director. This program will be the second at the doctoral level within the School of Health Sciences joining the accredited Occupational Therapy Doctoral program that graduated their inaugural class in 2018. Dr. Thomas joined the SHS team in July of 2018 and brings over 25 years of experience working in the field of Physical Therapy, 20 of those serving in academia.

Over the next several months, Dr. Thomas and her team will be focusing on the development of clinical education, curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). We anticipate beginning the application process in the summer 2021 for the inaugural class to begin in May 2022

As with all Health Sciences programs at IWU, the DPT program will be congruent with the mission and vision of SHS and IWU, “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.”

Classes will be held on the Marion, IN residential campus in the new $42.8 million dollar state-of-the-art Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing building.

Visit our website for periodic updates regarding the DPT program development.  For those interested in receiving updates via email, please contact to be added to our email list.    


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Indiana Wesleyan University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, June 1, 2021.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.

Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953