Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Options:
The Traditional DPT Program is designed for undergraduate (six-year program) and transfer (three-year program) students to earn a doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Findlay. A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in August.
Undergraduate UF students begin with three years of prerequisite courses and enter the professional studies phase of the program in the fourth year. Upon completion of the fourth year, students receive a bachelor of science degree. A doctor of physical therapy degree is awarded after completing a total of six years of study. An Early Assurance Program is available to eligible high school students (see below for more details).
Transfer students who have completed a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisites may enter the professional studies phase of the program and will receive a doctor of physical therapy degree after completing a total of three years of study.
The Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program is specifically designed for current physical therapist assistants (PTA) with a bachelor's degree to earn a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Students attend our Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program meet every other weekend for a period of three years to complete the program. A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in January.
Our Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program prepares graduates to:
- Practice as professional therapists
- Work as generalist practitioners
- Display a dedication to self-motivated, life-long learning
The physical therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without prior notice.
- Are knowledgeable, have strong clinical experiences and are well prepared for entry-level physical therapy positions
- Work as generalist practitioners
- Display a dedication to self-motivated, lifelong learning
- Are trained to be professional, think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively
- Demonstrate an awareness of the value of service to the profession and to the community
- Demonstrate an awareness of individual and cultural differences and psychosocial factors, which may affect human function
Early Assurance Program
The University of Findlay is one of the few physical therapy schools in Ohio that has an early assurance program. Students with a 3.5 GPA (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and a 26 ACT (1260 SAT) score may be eligible for early assurance as freshman admission.
All application materials, including the DPT supplemental application, must be received by Nov. 15 to be considered for the early assurance admission option. We encourage early application to the University to allow sufficient time for our physical therapy materials to be received and then returned by the Nov. 15 deadline. Students who do not meet the requirements above may apply for admissions to the graduate program after July 1, typically of their junior year of college.
Best in the Midwest
The University of Findlay has earned top rankings in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." This is the 10th consecutive year that Findlay has been listed in among the top regional universities in the Midwest. The survey also ranked Findlay's Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs among the best graduate programs of their kind in the country. Continue reading.