Physical Therapy


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DPT stories

Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The first doctoral program established at Trine University, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an intensive three-year, full-time program that once complete will prepare you to sit for licensure and finally practice in a clinical setting. The program consists of lectures, labs, and clinical education with an emphasis on real patient care experiences.

Students will complete the didactic and practical learning in the newly renovated Trine University Fort Wayne education center on the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, using state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical skills labs and gross anatomy lab. The program partners with many local health providers, including Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network, for clinical education during the first two years of the program as well as full-time internships in the final year.

Kate O'Daniel, 2017  Doctor of Physical Therapy program graduate 

Career-ready for a growing field

There is a growing demand for physical therapists and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Trine University helps to meet that need. As the knowledge base in the field has grown, physical therapists have had to increase their studies, making doctorate degrees the new standard.

The United States Bureau of Labor StatisticsOpens in new window predicts a 18 percent growth in the number of physical therapists needed through 2029, and reports the median salary in 2019 was $91,010.  

Beyond academics

You'll work hard during the program, but we all need to relax and have a little fun sometimes. Beyond the academic and clinical education is a close-knit community of students, staff, and faculty to help you along the way. From field day to pub night, a Tin Caps baseball game or Thanksgiving carry-in, you'll get to know those in the DPT program both in and out of the classroom.

Take the next step

Are you ready to start your career in the physical therapy field? Learn more about our admission requirements.

You can apply using the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) systemOpens in new window

We have a rolling admission process with interviews in late summer, fall, and spring. Interview options include both in-person and remote.

High school students interested in physical therapy should apply for the Trine University DPT Direct Entry program or follow the pre-PT professional track. Learn more about the Direct Entry program and the pre-PT professional track.

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We accept applications through the PTCAS System



Program Information


Doctor of Physical Therapy


119 hours



Campus Location

Fort Wayne, IN