DPT Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. We have a rolling admissions cycle.

Yes. We offer a Direct Entry program to qualified students leading to a bachelor's degree in either exercise science or biology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Learn more about the pre-Physical Therapy professional track and Direct Entry program.

Please review our admissions requirement page.
There is no deadline per se for application into the DPT Program, however, the earlier you apply and begin the process the better your chances are to securing an interview and being considered for the next available opening. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until all seats in the program have been filled.
There is a fee to apply via PTCAS but Trine does not charge a supplemental fee.
The GRE is required but there is no minimum score requirement. Trine’s school code is 1811.
Yes, Trine students are given special consideration.
No. Students coming from other programs may apply for acceptance into the program, but they must begin with the first semester and complete the full DPT curriculum.
In order to answer this question, we need to know the institution that conferred the PTA degree and the courses that need to be considered for the admission requirements. Please feel free to contact us for further assistance.
Forty (40) students are accepted each year to begin the DPT program.
You should indicate your current highest earned degree. We will review all transcripts to determine if a student is likely to hold a bachelor's degree in time to enter the DPT program.

Trine DPT Program


Yes. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Trine University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

For the Class of 2017 the graduation rate was 100%, the NPTE-PT* ultimate pass rate is currently 30 of 32 (94%), and the employment rate is 100%**

For the Class of 2018 the graduation rate was 100%, the NPTE-PT* ultimate pass rate is currently 28 of 29 (97%), and the employment rate is 100%**

For the Class of 2019 the graduation rate was 100%, the NPTE-PT* ultimate pass rate is currently 30 of 31 (97%), and the employment rate is 100%**

For the Class of 2020 the graduation rate was 97%, the NPTE-PT* ultimate pass rate is currently 30 of 34 (88%), and the employment rate is 100%**

The first time pass rate, averaged over the most recent two years (2019-2020), is 80%.
*NPTE-PT is the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapists, required for licensure.
**Employment rate is the % of graduates who sought employment who were employed within one year of graduation.

Graduation Rate (8/2019 – 8/2021): 98.5%

Licensure Examination Pass Rates
                2021 First Time: 93.3%
                2021 Ultimate: 96.7%
                2020 First Time: 82.4%
                2020 Ultimate: 94.1%
                2-Year Average First Time (2020 & 2021): 87.5%
                2-Year Average Ultimate (2020 & 2021): 95.3%
Employment Rate* (8/2019 – 8/2021): 100%

* Employment rate: % of graduates who sought employment and were employed as PTs within one year of graduation.

Our program is located in the growing Trine University Fort Wayne education center on the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is between the campuses of Parkview Randallia hospital and the VA hospital. The address is 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
Absolutely! Prospective applicants and their guests are always welcome to visit the Trine DPT Program, tour our facilities and speak with faculty. Please contact us at dpt@trine.edu to schedule your visit.

We have two pre-physical therapy majors:

  • Exercise Science / Pre-PT
  • Biology / Pre-PT

These majors prepare a student for the Trine graduate physical therapy program and result in a bachelor's of science degree in either exercise science or biology. These majors are for students who are accepted into the six-year plan of study for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

If you are not eligible for these pre-PT majors, you can still enroll in any undergraduate major and complete the courses required for application to the DPT program. These courses are similar or the same as the requirements of most DPT programs. Completion of the prerequisites is most easily accomplished in the biology and exercise science undergraduate majors.

Learn more about our pre-physical therapy professional track and direct admit programs.

Due to the time-intensive nature of the program, employment is discouraged.
No. This is a three-year, full-time program.
Not at this time. Students will need to secure their housing from one of the many options in the Fort Wayne area.

Tuition and Aid


For details, please visit our Cost and Investment page.
Trine University is a private institution, so tuition is the same for all students, regardless of their state residency.
No. We do not currently have the funding to support DPT scholarships.

Financial aid questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid located at the Trine campus in  Angola, Indiana. Contact information is as follows:

Call: 260.665.4158 or 800.347.4878
Fax: 260.665.4511
Email: finaid@trine.edu 

Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Physical Therapy Profession


No. The degree in physical therapy is a requirement to sit for the state licensure examination. State licensure is required to practice physical therapy.
In order to practice as a licensed physical therapist in the United States, an individual must be a graduate of a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and pass a licensure examination. Completion of an accredited program does not automatically guarantee that the individual can practice as a physical therapist.

Learn more by visiting other pages on this website, or email dpt@trine.edu. You also can download our Student Handbook.

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