Weekend DPT Admission Standards



Weekend College Admission Standards

This is a one-of-a-kind bridge program specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) who wishes to earn a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.  You will study in our weekend college, with classes meeting on campus every other weekend in the fall, winter, spring and summer semester.  Distance learning is also incorporated into the curriculum and you are required to work a minimum average of 20 hours per week as a PTA to complement your coursework.


Application Criteria

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

  • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from  an accredited institution recognized by The University of Findlay.
  • Evidence of having graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist assistant program (transcripts may serve as evidence).
  • A maximum of 36 students are admitted into a cohort to begin the program each January.​​
  • Minimum of one year of work experience as a physical therapist assistants required. The deadline is September 1 of the year of application.
  • Completion of all application materials for The University of Findlay and the physical therapy program must be completed before starting the physical therapy program.
  • Five of the seven prerequisite classes must be completed with a grade of “B” or better prior to submitting the application.    


All required program prerequisites and official transcripts must be received prior to beginning the professional program.

Weekend Program Prerequisites:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 hours; 4 are required within the last five years)

  • Basic Physics (8 hours)

  • General Chemistry (8 hours)

  • Elementary Statistics (3 hours)

Selection of Applicants

A number of factors are considered during the selection process for each physical therapy class. These include: grades, writing ability, recommendations, employment experience, leadership, community and professional involvement. Students who are alumni of or currently enrolled at The University of Findlay are given special consideration in the application process.


The application cycle for the Weekend Physical Therapist Assistant to Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program (bridge program) is open from January 1 until May 1 of the year preceding planned matriculation.