Physical Therapy

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This track prepares students for entry into a physical therapy program. Students should maintain a 3.5 GPA, and score in the upper 50% on the GRE to be considered competitive for admission.

See information on other professional health programs on the Health related professional schools page.

Links to Physical Therapy programs in Ohio

The University of Findlay (DPT)

Youngstown State University (DPT)

Cleveland State University (DPT)

College of Mount St. Joseph (DPT)

Ohio University (DPT)

The Ohio State University (DPT)

University of Cincinnati (DPT)

University of Dayton (DPT)

University of Toledo (DPT)

Walsh University (DPT)

Recommended prerequisite courses for Physical Therapy graduate programs

Different schools have different prerequisite requirements, so check with the specific schools you are interested in applying to. The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service provides this summary of prerequisites for its 128 member institutions. The following courses are typically required for admission to DPT programs:

  • One year of biology (Bio 201/202; both required for Biology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology majors; Bio 201 for Exercise Science major)
  • General chemistry (Chem 103/104; both required for Biology, Biochemistry and Toxicology majors; Chem 103 for Exercise Science major)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Bio 325/326 - elective for Biology and Toxicology majors)
  • Other helpful biology courses include:
    • Genetics (Bio 303)
    • Advanced Human Physiology (Bio 425)
    • Microbiology (Bio 340)
    • Cell Biology (Bio 424)
  • Physics (Phys 201/202)
  • Statistics (Math 208; required for Exercise Science and Athletic Training majors; math elective for Biology and Toxicology majors)
  • Calculus (Math 201; math elective for Biology and Toxicology majors)
  • Physiology of Exercise (ES 309; required for Exercise Science and Athletic Training major)
  • General Psychology I (Psych 101; required for Exercise Science and Athletic Training; Core credit for any other major)
  • Additional Psychology or FCS course in Human Growth and Development
  • Medical Terminology (Rec 261; required for Exercise Science major)
  • Principles of Sociology (Soc 111)
  • Ethics (Phil 215; core course credit)

Most Physical Therapy programs also require 40 or more hours of observation/volunteer work through direct association with a licensed physical therapist in a clinical setting. Some schools may want to see observation hours from more than one clinical setting. Course credit for this can be received through Bio 493 Professional Internship.

Online resources

The Admissions Process - a must read!

American Physical Therapy Association

PT Centralized Application Service

APTA video about careers in physical therapy