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Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Do you aspire to improve mobility and overall physical well-being for people? IWU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program can give you the tools you need to help others recover their mobility following injury or illness. Plus, complete your doctorate of physical therapy in as little as three years!

Why Pursue My Doctorate of Physical Therapy at IWU?

With a doctoral program you can complete in as little as three years, IWU has aimed for the highest caliber of higher education experience for more than a century—and online education for more than a quarter century. We lock in your tuition rates when you begin, meaning no tuition hikes for the duration of your program. Today, we are proud to offer the support you need to have a meaningful impact on mobility and overall well-being—through faculty who bring a practitioner-centered approach to your learning and curriculum aligned to industry standards and best practices. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career.

What Will I Learn in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program?

This DPT program develops a well-rounded approach to your physical therapy practice through a focus on five core areas: professional development and advocacy, therapeutic skills, early clinical experiences, movement science, and clinic management. Explore fundamental physical therapy and sub-disciplines including human anatomy, human physiology, human pathophysiology, kinesiology, and more. Take advantage of our Early-Integrated Clinical (ICE) skills learning format that lets you apply learning to hands-on experiences with clinic patients from the beginning of your program.

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What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

124 Credit Hours


$819/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This DPT Program

Coursework for your doctoral degree covers how to:

  • Advocate for people and provide compassionate care
  • Apply scholarship and research to your practice
  • Learning to make sound professional judgments that lead to optimal patient outcomes


Program 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 before the start of DPT coursework:
    • Sciences: Science GPA must be >3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
      • Anatomy and Physiology– one semester each or a combined two-semester series
      • Physics I (with laboratory component)
      • Physics II (with laboratory component)
      • Chemistry- two semesters with laboratory components
      • Biology- one semester with a laboratory component
    • Humanities and Social Sciences: one course in each of the following areas:
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
    • Statistics: one course
  • Completion of at least 60 clinical observation hours completed with a licensed physical therapist.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • All credits required in the program of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade in each course of “C+“ 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.

Take your next step!

Take your career to the next level with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from IWU!

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 765-677-3698 or email

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.