Application Process

Applications are considered for the summer session beginning in July only. Applications are accepted beginning July 1 for entry into the DPT program the following summer.  Applicants who apply early and by September 15 will be given priority status in our admissions process, as compared to applicants who apply later.  It is to the applicant's benefit to apply as soon as possible after July 1, as the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications to select those for interviews starting in August.  The final deadline to submit applications to PTCAS is October 1.  

Application Material

Applications are submitted online through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. Once your application portfolio is complete with PTCAS, it will be forwarded to The University of Iowa (UI).

Items submitted through PTCAS:

  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report from the Educational Testing Service (UI PTCAS GRE Code #7566)
  • Three letters of reference
    • One letter must be from a physical therapist
    • One letter must be from a faculty member in the applicant's major area of study
    • The third letter is the applicant's choice


The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee requires personal, on-campus interviews. Because the number of students admitted into each class is limited, not all who apply for admission are invited for an interview. Interviews are scheduled in October and November.  Notification of acceptance is normally made by January 1.

Selection of Applicants

Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee selects the applicants it considers best qualified for the study and practice of the profession from the pool of applicants who are interviewed.

Admission is based on course work, grade-point averages, GRE scores, experience and rationale, recommendations, and interviews. Some preference is given to residents of Iowa. A broad exposure to physical therapy in more than one clinical setting is recommended. A suggested minimum is 50-60 hours.

The students selected have strong experiential backgrounds. The mean GPA of the entering class is generally around 3.70.

Admissions Timeline

July 1 - Begin submission of online application through PTCAS
September 15 - Priority admission deadline (date material should arrive at PTCAS before)
October/November - Admission interviews for selected applicants
January - Notification of admission
July - DPT Program begins


For additional information about The University of Iowa, you may also visit the UI General Catalog. Or, you may contact us at either:

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science 
The University of Iowa 
1-252 Medical Education Building 
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1190 
Phone: 319-335-9791 
Fax: 319-335-9707 

Office of Admissions
115 Calvin Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242