Indiana University - School of Health & Human Sciences Department of Physical Therapy
IU DPT Admissions IUPUI 1140 West Michigan Street, CF 120 Indianapolis IN 46202 United States
Phone+1 317.274.7447
Program Description

Department of Physical Therapy Philosophy:
The Department of Physical Therapy's philosophy relates to its tri-fold mission of excellence in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and community and professional engagement.

Existing demands of health care call for educational programs of sufficient breadth and depth at a level that fosters autonomous practice. The faculty believe that commitment and collaboration of students and faculty in a process that integrates contemporary educational methods, didactic and experiential learning, self-reflection, and clinical reasoning using the best available evidence prepares students for this autonomy. To meet these expectations, the faculty have created a comprehensive, evolving curriculum designed to synthesize knowledge with the physical therapy core professional values. 

To support the evolving nature of the art and science of physical therapy, the faculty engage in the discovery and dissemination of scholarly activities with the goal of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the state, nation, and beyond. Students integrate research evidence into clinical decision making through critical assessment. The faculty believe that effective and efficient clinical practice is best delivered by an evidence-based clinician capable of evaluating and implementing research outcomes. Students interested in an in-depth understanding of research have opportunities to assist faculty with ongoing projects; however, faculty believe active participation in original scholarly research is not a required element for successful clinical practice.

The faculty believe that education transcends the boundaries of a physical classroom requiring students to engage in community and professional activities. Student learning is impacted through interactive experiences within clinical, community, and professional environments. Real-life situations deepen the level of understanding with the intent of producing culturally-competent, life-long learners prepared to meet the challenges of a complex healthcare system. The following commitments have been established to guide the enactment of the program philosophy.

Program Commitments:

1. Implement an educational program of sufficient breadth and depth at a level that fosters autonomous practice 

2. Engage in the discovery and dissemination of scholarly activities with the goal of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the state, nation, and beyond 

3. Create a comprehensive, evolving curriculum designed to synthesize knowledge with the physical therapy core professional values 

4. Integrate best practice and empirically tested knowledge from research evidence for effective clinical decision-making 

5. Foster student engagement into community and professional activities 

6. Produce culturally-competent practitioners committed to serving a diverse patient population 

7. Internalize the value of Life-long learning and adapting practice to ever changing evidence

Faculty Commitments:

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy enacts the philosophy by: 

1. Mentor and facilitate students to become competent, autonomous professionals 

2. Conduct and disseminate findings of scholarly activities relevant to health, wellness and rehabilitation 

3. Participate in a collaborative model of education creating a supportive learning atmosphere in which students and faculty share responsibility for meeting educational goals 

4. Model APTA core values in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and service 

5. Contribute to the development of the profession at the state, national and international levels 

6. Appreciate diverse life experiences fostering the curricular integration of cultural competency

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
DPT/PhD
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about interviews
Interview Day will be Friday, December 4, 2020
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$500
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/25/2021
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
44
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
44
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
98%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
2%
Sex
% Male
27%
% Female 
73%
Race/Ethnicity
% Asian
5%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
93%
Additional information about the class profile
Applicants are extended an offer of admission based on a holistic review process.  A holistic review integrates an individual's experiences, attributes, and academic metrics to determine their capabilities to contribute as a graduate student and physical therapist. Our program values the relationships we  make with our students and we want to instill in them a strong sense of purpose in becoming 1) caring & compassionate professionals, 2) future innovative leaders, and 3) passionately engaged supporters of their communities and the profession.  This balanced holistic admission process occurs during all phases of application: pre-interview application screening, interview and final selections of the candidates. 
 
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