Idaho State University Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy
Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy 921 S. 8th Mailstop 8045 Pocatello ID 83209 United States
Phone+1 208.373.1733
Phone 2 +1 208.282.4095
CAPTE Accredited
Program Description

The ISU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a professional entry-level degree program that prepares students for licensure to practice as physical therapists. The program emphasizes student interaction with patients and clients during classroom, practicum, and clinic experiences. Students engage in inter-professional education activities with an emphasis on service and advocacy. The ISU DPT program offers an affordable 34-month program with an excellent student-to-faculty ratio within a safe and friendly community. The program was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in 2016. 

ISU DPT Program has been producing effective and caring physical therapists for 30 years. The DPT faculty is clinically engaged and directly supervise and instruct students in the clinic with direct patient care beginning in the first year of the program. The faculty are dedicated to teaching and take the time to provide comprehensive instruction and one-on-one attention when needed. The faculty has a blend of qualifications from grant funded researchers to clinical specialists. The Program emphasizes critical reflection and evidence-based practice to challenge students to be lifelong learners and to move the profession forward through their careers. Our vision is to empower students and physical therapists to drive the future of our profession.

Our curriculum uses a series of blended courses with lecture and lab components using online and face-to-face instruction. Courses are delivered to two campus locations through traditional face-to-face instruction with learners and instructors interacting in the same physical space and over synchronous distance learning video teleconference instructional technology (VTIT). All courses are supplemented with online delivery of learning and assessment materials using the institutional Learning Management System (LMS) Moodle. Applicants to our program must be comfortable with technology and be pro-active self-directed learners.

We deliver our program over two campus locations. The main campus is in Pocatello Idaho and the second campus is in Meridian Idaho at the Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Sciences Center (MHSC). Students apply to the ISU PT Program not to a specific campus. Accepted students are assigned a campus upon enrollment in the program. Campus preference and applicant situations are taken into consideration but campus preference is not guaranteed. Pocatello has a traditional college campus atmosphere whereas the MHSC has an urban center atmosphere. Both campuses provide students with library, health care, and student services. Both locations have spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities, safe family friendly communities, and fun social amenities. Find the latest information at

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
ISU offers a dual degree pathway enabling qualified students to earn a Masters of Athletic Training and the Doctor of Physical Therapy over a four year time-frame.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews
As part of the admissions process, applicants may be invited for an online video interview. The interview is a one-time opportunity and applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for the interview as if it was conducted face to face.
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
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Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is due within two weeks of the receipt of the program offer letter. This non-refundable deposit holds the accepted applicant's spot in the program and is applied to their fall tuition.
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Additional information about the class profile
Program gives admissions preference for 2 seats to graduates from the College of Idaho, 2 seats to graduates of Idaho State University, and 2 seats to graduates of the Idaho State University Physical Therapy Assistant program that meet specific criteria. 
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No