Direct Admit Program

Admission Information

UIW invites exceptionally qualified high school students to pursue our Direct Admit Program, which leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The four-step process includes general admission to UIW; application and acceptance to Direct Admit; satisfactory completion of undergraduate degree; acceptance into the School of Physical Therapy.

Students who meet the qualification criteria listed below when applying to the University will receive an email invitation shortly after admission. Students will be asked to select which program they are interested in and to complete a survey. Responses are shared with the respective schools that interview and admit students at their discretion. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admission@uiwtx.edu or (210) 829-6005 with any additional questions.

Direct Admit Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (4 + 2.5)

Designed for high school students applying to UIW:

  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.7
  • High school math and science GPA of 3.7 (minimum of three years each)
  • Students must meet minimum requirements to be placed into Pre-Calculus in the first semester of their freshmen year.
    • A grade of B or better in high school Pre-Calculus
  • Volunteer and community service involvement
  • Successful interview with School of Physical Therapy faculty

**Optional submitted test scores will be considered and, if above 580/23 math, we will consider interviewing under 3.50 high school GPA applicants.

The Direct Admit program is designed to provide guidance and enhanced opportunities in preparation for application and acceptance into the School of Physical Therapy.

Upon selection as a Direct Admit student, the following expectations shall be adhered to:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word
  • Maintenance of a 3.3 or higher prerequisite and overall GPA at the conclusion of each academic year
  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours per undergraduate academic year
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum of a C
  • 50 observation hours in a minimum of two physical therapy settings
  • Completion of the GRE with a minimum 150 verbal score/ 300 total score
  • Active participation as a member in the Society for Therapeutic Rehabilitation Students
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation to include two from a licensed physical therapist and one from an academic advisor or faculty member
  • No conduct violations as an undergraduate student
  • Successful report on a background check
  • Application to UIW DPT program through PTCAS. The university will reimburse the cost of the PTCAS application fee equivalent to applying to one physical therapy program via a transfer of funds into the student account as part of the student’s first semester of tuition in the DPT program. Students who do not matriculate into the UIW DPT program will forfeit this reimbursement. 
  • Successful interview with SoPT faculty in the fall semester of the senior year of undergraduate study
  • $500 enrollment deposit to be paid to SoPT by January 15 in the spring semester of senior year

UIW Cardinal Soar Program

A Pathway to the School of Physical Therapy

The UIW Cardinal Soar Program will allow current UIW freshmen and qualified transfer students to have a pathway to the School of Physical Therapy. Much like the Direct Admit Program, the UIW Cardinal Soar Program invites exceptionally qualified UIW freshmen and transfer students to pursue a direct admit option, which leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Current students who meet the qualification criteria listed below should reach out to the Office of Academic Success and Student Affairs at the School of Physical Therapy for a UIW Cardinal Soar Program application. Interested students can contact the UIW SoPT Office of Academic Success and Student Affairs at dptadmissions@uiwtx.edu or 210- 283-6477.

Designed for current UIW freshmen and transfer students:

  • Completion of at least two sciences courses with lab
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.5 for college-level work
  • Overall math/science GPA of at least 3.5 for college-level work
  • Two letters of recommendation from current university/college faculty
  • Successful interview with School of Physical Therapy faculty
  • Active membership in a health professions student group

The UIW Cardinal Soar program is designed to provide guidance and enhanced opportunities in preparation for application and acceptance into the School of Physical Therapy.

Upon selection as a UIW Cardinal Soar student, the following expectations shall be adhered to:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word
  • Maintenance of a 3.3 or higher prerequisite and overall GPA at the conclusion of each academic year
  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours per undergraduate academic year
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum of a C
  • 50 observation hours in a minimum of two physical therapy settings
  • Completion of the GRE with a minimum 150 verbal score/ 300 total score
  • Active participation as a member in the Society for Therapeutic Rehabilitation Students
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation to include two from a licensed physical therapist and one from an academic advisor or faculty member
  • No conduct violations as an undergraduate student
  • Successful report on a background check
  • Application to UIW DPT program through PTCAS. The university will reimburse the cost of the PTCAS application fee equivalent to applying to one physical therapy program via a transfer of funds into the student account as part of the student’s first semester of tuition in the DPT program. Students who do not matriculate into the UIW DPT program will forfeit this reimbursement. 
  • Successful interview with SoPT faculty in the fall semester of the senior year of undergraduate study
  • $500 enrollment deposit to be paid to SoPT by January 15 in the spring semester of senior year