2019-20 Applicants

Idaho State University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Evan Papa, DPT, PhD
Admissions Committee Chair
Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th
STOP 8045
Pocatello ID, 83209
(208) 373-1733
(800) 797-4781
dptadmit@isu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with 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.
Institution's religious affiliation
none
Additional information about the class profile
We give admissions preference for 2 seats to graduates from the College of Idaho and 2 seats to graduates of the ISU, and 2 seats to graduates of the ISU PTA Program that meet specific criteria.
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
48
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
67%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
1%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
32%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

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 interprofessional 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 over 25 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 www.isu.edu/pt.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Read ALL information carefully. Failure to do so may cause your application to not be reviewed. 

1. Besides the PTCAS application you must apply to the Idaho State University's Graduate School - http://www.isu.edu/graduate  - there is a $115.00 fee for Grad School Application.

Review of applications begins on October 1.

2. An Open House / Information Session may be held early in the fall semester on the Friday before Labor Day weekend (more information at: www.isu.edu/pt).


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is due within two weeks of the receipt of the program offer letter. This deposit holds the accepted applicant's spot in the program and is applied to their fall tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.76
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.73
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Program uses the highest grade earned in its calculation of prerequisite course, if the course was repeated. We use the last 60 credits of your undergraduate coursework to calculate your undergraduate GPA. Each prerequisite section must have a combined 3.0 GPA. The grade in Chemistry I and Chemistry II must combined to a 3.0 average.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
4355
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2012
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
148
150
Verbal reasoning % score
40%
50%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
147
150
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.0
Analytical writing % score
48%
48%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
An applicant with a graduate degree in a related field may petition to waive the GRE test date limitation if they have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Petitions for exceptions to any of the program's admission criteria are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Observation Hours

 
80 hours of observational experience is required for entry into the program. These hours MUST be completed in a minimum of two different facilities and practice settings.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$115.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Additional Program information can be found at: http://www.isu.edu/pt
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Responses to supplement essay questions.
Supplemental Requirements
Graduate School Application., $115.00 Grad Application Fee - can be paid on-line or with a check to ISU Graduate School by November 1. Send official transcripts to, Graduate School, Stop 8075, Pocatello, ID 83209.,
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
Legend
Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
* TWO letters MUST come from licensed physical therapists who have supervised your PT experience.

* ONE letter MUST come from a professor or an instructor.

* Letters of recommendation will not be accepted from relatives.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
English translation is required for original foreign transcripts.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Some exceptions to these admissions criteria may be made pending approval of the DPT Program Admissions Committee. These exceptions must be petitioned / requested by the applicant in writing. For example: For individuals with advanced graduate work and/or field work directly related to program requirements exceptions may be made in the time frame of coursework and GRE scores.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology each with laboratory (vertebrate or human). 4 credits. These courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. Please note: human anatomy and physiology courses MUST be listed in Biology, Zoology, Anatomy or Physiology Departments for fulfillment of this requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology each with laboratory (vertebrate or human). 4 credits. These courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. Please note: human anatomy and physiology courses MUST be listed in Biology, Zoology, Anatomy or Physiology Departments for fulfillment of this requirement. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
General Chemistry with laboratory. Must be courses for science majors. 2 semesters or 2-3 quarters. (A more recently completed chemistry course at upper division or graduate level with laboratory may also meet this requirement.)
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology (4 credits; laboratory is required. These courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Humanities
1 course in sociology, anthropology or psychology. Please note: marriage/family, religion or history courses will not meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology (1 course - 1 or more units/credits) This can be a for credit college course, or correspondence, web-based, online or self-study course, as long as there is verification of completion. Also, you can have an employer or a faculty person send a letter or an email verifying your competency in medical terms to: ISU DPT, Stop 8045, Pocatello, ID 83209 or email to: dptadmit@isu.edu.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 1
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
General Physics with laboratory. Must be courses for science majors. 2 semesters or 2-3 quarters. (A more recently completed physics course at upper division or graduate level with laboratory may also satisfy this requirement.) These courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
See Physics I. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
1 upper division course (200 or higher) in psychology with preference of developmental or abnormal psychology (Sports psychology will not meet this requirement).
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
Statistics
Statistics (3 or more units/credits). Please note: research methods or tests & measurement courses will not meet this requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics