• Entry-Level DPT Program

    Hardin-Simmons University is pleased to offer the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This professional degree can begin upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in a major of the candidate’s choice with completion of specified prerequisite courses. The DPT program at Hardin-Simmons University is competitive and fast-paced requiring 7 semesters (28 months) to complete.

    This entry-level degree prepares the graduate to be eligible for state licensure and entry into the profession as a physical therapist. Admissions begin approximately 1 year before the start of the program. HSU Physical Therapy now uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). On PTCAS, applications open July 1 and end for our program around November 1st. Our program only admits 28 students each year. Since this is a competitive program, many more students apply than can be accepted. The average overall, last 60 hours, and pre-requisite grade point average (GPA) of accepted applicants is 3.5 GPA. GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores are required and typically average 152 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections and 4.0 on the writing. Applicants must also complete observation hours under at least two different physical therapists in two different settings from two different facilities for a minimum of 40 hours in each setting. While a minimum of 80 observation hours are required, 300 hours are recommended.

    HSU provides a great environment for learning. The Mabee Hall Physical Therapy Building houses classrooms, a Learning Resource Center, laboratories for Anatomy, Applied Physiology and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, as well as faculty offices. An outstanding faculty is dedicated to teaching excellence and offer students personalized attention. HSU PT faculty have received national and state awards or teaching, service, research and exemplary clinical skills. HSU PT students have won state and national awards for service, research, knowledge and skills. All graduates are successful clinicians dedicated to their patients and community service. If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career, please consider the DPT program at Hardin-Simmons University!

    DPT Entry-Level Links


    The Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the 2018 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning July 1, 2017 and close on November 1, 2017. Personal interviews are required as part of the application process. Early decision candidates must complete all requirements and be accepted for a September interview. To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to apply, visit www.ptcas.org. www.ptcas.org. 

    Additional Information

    Preview Days

    Prepare for your future in Physical Therapy. Qualified invited applicants and others interested in learning more the Hardin-Simmons University DPT program will have the opportunity to attend one of these tentative dates held on Friday afternoon during the 2017-2018 school year:

    • September 22, 2017
    • October 6, 2017
    • November 10, 2017
    • December 1, 2017
    • January 26, 2018 (if needed)

    A few great reasons to attend a Preview Day are:

    • Expand your knowledge of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum
    • Observe the HSU PT clinic offered to HSU employees and students
    • Gain knowledge of the PT profession
    • Learn about HSU & Abilene
    • Meet Faculty & Students
    • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities & campus
    • Interview for the qualified applicant

    For more questions about Admissions and Application, please contact:
    Phone: (325) 670-5860
    Toll Free: (888) 820-0218
    Email: ptoffice@hsutx.edu


    Clinical Education

    Contact information for the Director of Clinical Education:

    Dr. Mary Lou Garrett, DPT, PCS, M.Ed.
    Department of Physical Therapy
    2200 Hickory, HSU Box 16065 Abilene, TX 79698
    (325) 670-5830 | 1-888-820-0218 (toll free) | mgarrett@hsutx.edu



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