Traditional Program

Traditional Curriculum

This is a 3+3 traditional physical therapy program with the first three years focused on completing general education and program specific prerequisites. Students who complete the program will receive a bachelor of science degree after the fourth year and a doctor of physical therapy degree after​ the sixth year. Professional classes commence each fall semester.

Students enrolled in the 3+3 program are considered undergraduates through their third year. The fourth, fifth, and sixth years are completed as a graduate student. Any institutional scholarships for undergraduate studies will not be available during years four, five, and six. Students are encouraged to investigate alternative funding opportunities to complete graduate school during these three years.

Visit the How To Apply page for more details on our application process.


Traditional Application Criteria

  • Minimum overall and science grade point average of 3.0 (on a four point scale).  Courses with a grade of “C-” or below will not transfer but will be included in the grade point average. 

  • For students applying Fall 2014: evidence of having completed 100 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings with a physical therapist with a minimum of 20 hours in each setting. For students applying Fall 2015 or after: evidence of having completed 60 hours of observation in three different physical therapy settings with a physical therapist. These hours must be completed prior to application and will need to be verified through PTCAS.​​

  • Completion of the required liberal arts prerequisites, program prerequisites and competencies prior to beginning the professional program.

  • Students from The University of Findlay may apply the fall of their junior year, transfer students the fall of their senior year.

  • Completion of the GRE exam with scores reported to PTCAS.

  • Submission of two letters of reference through PTCAS. One from a physical therapist, one from a faculty member.



Includes course work in religion or philosophy, fine arts, humanities, mathematics, social science, foreign language/culture, English, wellness and electives.


The University of Findlay Competencies:

  • Writing - ENGL 106

  • Computer Science - CSCI 150 or exam

  • Speech - COMM 110 or 211 or 312 or exam

  • Reading

All students must complete six of nine program prerequisite science courses prior to application.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours)

  • Basic Physics (8 hours)

  • General Chemistry (8 hours)

  • Kinesiology (3 hours)

  • Exercise Physiology (3 hours)

  • Elementary Statistics (3 hours)

  • Psychology (9 hours - including General, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology)

  • Medical Terminology (3 hours)

  • ​Introduction to Health Professions (1 hour)

The GRE will be required of all applicants.

The liberal arts prerequisites and the UF competencies are waived for transfer students who will have completed a bachelor's degree prior to entering the professional program.​

Direct Freshman Admission

Incoming freshman with strong high school GPA (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and 26 or higher on the ACT (1760 on SAT) may be eligible for freshman entry into the traditional doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program. Freshman that do not meet the above minimums may still apply to the DPT program.


Deadline for undergraduate admission for the direct freshman entry includes an undergraduate application along with high school transcripts and completion of the Physical Therapy Freshman Admit Supplemental Application which will be mailed to potential applicants after acceptance to the university. The supplemental application must be sent to the undergraduate admissions office before Nov. 15. Applications submitted for the direct freshman entry option after Nov. 15 will not be considered.

Deadline for graduate admission for that DPT program, applications are available after July 15. It is suggested that all applicants begin the process six weeks prior to the deadline of Nov. 15 in order to allow processing time by PTCAS. The admission committee will not review applications completed after Nov. 15. All complete applications will be considered for review. Applicants will be notified of the admissions decision after March 1. All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.

Admission to The University of Findlay does not guarantee admission to the physical therapy program. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required materials. 

Selection of Physical Therapy Applicants

A number of factors are considered during the selection process. Categories such as grades, program preparation, involvement in outside activities, service activities, an understanding of the profession, recommendations, communication skills and leadership ability are considered. Students who are currently enrolled at The University of Findlay are given special consideration. While the application criteria serve as general guidelines, final decisions are based on review of the student's entire record.


Financial Aid Policy for Physical Therapy

This is a six-year program. The first three years are undergraduate, and years four, five, and six are graduate. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships during the undergraduate portion (first three years) of the program.