Direct Admit Program

Admission Information

UIW invites exceptionally qualified high school students to pursue our Direct Admit option, 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 they are admitted. Students will be asked to elect which program they are interested in and to complete a survey. Responses are shared with the respective schools who interview and admit students at their discretion. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 with any additional questions.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • 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
  • Interview with 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.

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

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 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 Early Decision application process. The University will reimburse the cost of the PTCAS application fee via a transfer of funds into the student account as part of the student’s first semester of tuition in the DPT program. Students applying through the general application process will not have the PTCAS application fee reimbursed.
  • 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