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Thank you for your interest in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) degree program at Governors State University. IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline for applications from students who would like to start the t-DPT program in the Fall 2014 semester is Monday, August 4, 2014, for classes beginning August 25, 2014. You'll find the information, forms and instructions you need to apply to the t-DPT program on this page.

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed for licensed Physical Therapists who have a minimum of six months work experience. If you are not already a licensed PT, you may be interested in our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program.

The forms and information you will need to apply are provided below. Forms may be downloaded in PDF format.

The Department of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee will review applications before an offer of admission is extended.

In addition to meeting the University admission criteria for graduate students, you should also meet the following requirements:

  • Current licensure as a Physical Therapist in the United States or its territories
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum of six months of experience (1,000 hours) in full-time practice as a Physical Therapist (1,000 hours)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Computer access to complete online course work
  • Internationally educated physical therapists must submit official academic credentials with evaluation from the Educational Credentials Evaluation in Milwaukee, WI, and may be required to submit a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Second Language.

 
Approval for prior coursework of up to six credit hours may be awarded based on individual qualifications and completion of the following:

  • Previous coursework at Governors State University
  • Award of American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties certification
  • Completion of a credentialed clinical residency program

Application Process

Step-by-step instructions for applying to the t-DPT are provided below. Several forms are provided. You must complete these forms or provide them to the individuals who must complete them. Some instructions regarding how the completed form is to be returned differ. (For example, you will have the option to email some of the forms to the Department of Physical Therapy.)

Please pay close attention at each step to note how the forms are to be returned.

All of the forms provided below are in a PDF format. You may use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form on your computer. You may also save the form to your computer, so the information you have completed will remain accessible to you. Alternately, you may print the forms and fill them out by hand. You should retain copies of your completed forms (excluding Recommendation forms, which must remain sealed after completion by your recommenders) for your own records.

Step 1:

Official Transcripts: Request that official transcripts be sent to you in individually sealed envelopes so that you may include them, unopened, with the rest of your application materials. Since you will be mailing these transcripts in with other documents, please wait until you have completed the remainder of the application process before mailing.
Internationally educated physical therapists must submit official academic credentials with evaluation from the Educational Credentials Evaluation in Milwaukee, WI and may be required to submit a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Second Language. 

Step 2:

Obtain a copy of your current Physical Therapy license along with copies of any Clinical Specialists Awards your may have.

Step 3:

Complete the Doctoral Application - Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Form. After completing the Doctoral Application, you must print and sign a copy of the form, which you will be required to mail in. Since you will be mailing this signed copy in with other documents, please wait until you have completed the remainder of the application process before mailing the signed copy. If you would like to expedite our review of your application, you may also use the e-mail button provided on the upper left corner of the form to send the information you have entered to us. This will allow us to begin your file before we receive your printed documents. However, you must still print, sign, and mail this form in with your application package.

Step 4:

Fill out the Applicant's portion for two Recommendation Forms. After you have filled out the Applicant's sections, deliver these forms to two qualified recommenders. The recommenders must complete their sections of the Recommendation Forms and place the completed forms in sealed envelopes. Your recommenders must return the sealed envelopes to you with their signatures over the seals. These instructions are included on the form.

Important Additional Information You Will Need When Completing the Applicant's Portions of the Recommendation Forms
Recommendation Forms: Recommendations are required from two individuals who can attest to your academic and professional abilities. Recommendations must be from professional references such as healthcare professionals, academic instructors, or supervisors. Recommendations from fellow students, personal friends, or family members are not acceptable

Each recommendation should be returned to you in a sealed envelope that is signed over the seal by the recommender. You must then mail each sealed Recommendation Form directly to the Department of Physical Therapy with the rest of your materials. Since you will be mailing these Recommendation Forms in with other documents, please wait until you have completed the remainder of the application process before mailing.

Step 5:

Fill out the t-DPT Employment History Form. You must mail this form in to the Department of Physical Therapy with the rest of your application materials. If you would like to expedite our review of your Employment History Form, you may also use the e-mail button provided on the upper left corner of the form to send the information you have entered to us. This will allow us to enter this information into your file before we receive your printed documents. However, you must still print and mail this form in with your application package.

Step 6:

Complete the t-DPT Essay Form. You must mail this form in to the Department of Physical Therapy with the rest of your application materials. If you would like to expedite our review of your t-DPT Essay Form, you may also use the e-mail button provided on the upper left corner of the form to send the information you have entered to us. This will allow us to enter this information into your file before we receive your printed documents. However, you must still print and mail this form in with your application package.

Step 7:

Make out a check for $75 payable to Governors State University. This is your non-refundable application fee. Include this check with your other application materials.

Step 8:

Prepare a self-addressed, stamped envelope to include with your application materials.

Step 9:

 Complete the t-DPT Application Checklist Form. This will ensure you have completed the required actions for application. Once you have completed the form, include it with the other documents you must mail in. These forms will be noted on the Application Checklist.

Mail the Application Checklist and required documents to the following address:

Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health and Humans Services
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484

Attn: Professor Roberta O'Shea
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee

Step 10:

You've completed your application to the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Governors State University. We appreciate your interest in our program and will notify you of our admission decision as soon as possible.