The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program allows students with their bachelor’s degree to enter the program and obtain a doctorate in three years from the start of the program. Students who attend the University of Findlay as an undergraduate student can be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree after successfully completing a total of six years of study in the 3+3 program.
In the 3+3 model, students complete three years of undergraduate coursework, obtain a minor, and enter into the DPT Program for three years of graduate school. Upon completion of the first year of DPT curriculum (fourth year of total study), students receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science for Health Professionals.
Students can enter into the 3+3 Program in one of two paths:
Early Assurance: Incoming freshmen with a strong high school GPA and ACT or SAT score may be eligible to reserve their seat in the DPT Program by applying to the Early Assurance Program. For more information on the Early Assurance application process and requirements,
please click here.
Junior Admit: Students who have completed three years of undergraduate work at The University of Findlay may apply to the 3+3 Program. Entry into the 3+3 Program is competitive.
Already have a bachelor's degree?
The following information pertains to students who intend on pursuing the University of Findlay's 3+3 Program. If you have or will have a bachelor's degree completed from another institution and intend to apply to the graduate Traditional DPT Program, please click here or the button below to learn about the graduate entry option.
Findlay's Physical Therapy Graduates:
- 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, life-long 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
In the graduate Traditional DPT Program, students are expected to complete 33 weeks of clinical education experiences. Please be advised, a criminal background check will be required prior to the clinical site acceptance.
Technical Standards & Essential Functions
The technical standards and essential functions
are prerequisites for successful completion of the DPT program at the University of Findlay. Guidelines for reasonable accommodation are also discussed. Please review this document carefully to determine whether you possess the abilities and skills reflected in the posted document.
Financial Aid Policy
While there are many scholarship opportunities available to pursue during the first three years (undergraduate phase) of the program, please keep in mind that 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.
As a program, we are aware the unique challenges COVID-19 restrictions have placed on our applicants. Therefore, the UF DPT program has elected to make the following amendments for the 2020-2021 application requirements:
1. We will accept up to 2 science/math prerequisite course Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades for any courses taken during Spring and Summer 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. For purposes of determining 6/9 courses, the lecture and lab of the same course number is considered one course. Please be aware that taking science/math prerequisite pass/fail courses has the potential to impact the competitiveness of your application. Please address your circumstances in the UF supplemental application essays.
2. The observation hour requirements will be met with leniency. If students are having difficulty finding clinical sites to support their observation hours, letters of facility denials may be submitted in place of the hour’s verification. We expect applicants to access resources to better understand the profession.
3. Official transcripts should be obtained whenever possible prior to the application deadline. If this is not possible, we will accept unofficial transcripts. Before final admission decisions are made, official transcripts will need to be submitted.
4. Due to issues surrounding testing availability with regard to the GRE, the University of Findlay DPT program has decided to waive the GRE requirement for any applicants who have been unable to take the GRE this application year. We understand some of our applicants have already taken the GRE, and we thank you for doing so. However, there are others who have not been able to secure an exam site or qualify for an at-home GRE testing opportunity due to situations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and through no fault of their own. In order to ensure that all qualified applicants have an equal opportunity to be considered for admission to the Traditional UF DPT program, the DPT faculty felt strongly that the GRE needed to be waived for the Traditional Program 2020 application cycle. This does not imply that it will be waived for future UF DPT program application cycles as no decisions to that effect have been considered at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Chair, Professor Brandon Koehler at [email protected]
• Students seeking entry into the 3+3 Program, simply apply online to the DPT Traditional Program during their junior year using the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
• Applications are typically made available in PTCAS in July.
• All PTCAS materials should be submitted six weeks prior to the application deadline.
• There is a $60 supplemental fee to apply, which can be submitted through our online form.
• Application deadline: Nov. 2
Selection of Physical Therapy Applicants
A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in August and 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.
Incoming graduate students or current University of Findlay students applying directly to the graduate Traditional DPT Program must fulfill the following requirements:
- Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum Math/Science Prerequisites GPA of 3.2.
- Must complete 40 hours of observation in two different types of clinical settings in physical therapy by the time of application to the DPT program. One setting must be in an acute care hospital, rehabilitation/subacute rehabilitation facility, or extended care facility/nursing home/skilled nursing facility. The second setting is the student's setting of choice. A minimum of 20 hours is required at each clinical site.
- Complete the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS) which includes Traditional program supplemental application materials (UF junior-level and transfer applicants, only). PTCAS and the supplemental application include letters of recommendations as well as descriptions of experiences in the field, community and campus used to determine the student’s admission to the professional phase of the program.
- Submit official transcripts, which can be found in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency (i.e., Centralized Application Service application), of all college-level work (UF students who have taken courses elsewhere and transfer applicants, only).
- Complete the GRE with scores reported to PTCAS.
- Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
Have a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 89 with 26 or better in speaking and 24 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying an IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.
To see the full course descriptions and course numbers, please visit the University of Findlay catalog. To see how your credits transfer to the University of Findlay, please click here to view our transferology guide.
Six of the following Math/Science Prerequisites, not including labs, should be completed before making application to the program (these courses are used to calculate the math/science GPA during the admissions process). A minor or dual major must be declared and all undergraduate requirements completed prior to entering the DPT program. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology/Lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab
General Chemistry I/Lecture
General Chemistry I/Lab
General Chemistry II/Lecture
General Chemistry II/Lab
Physiology of Exercise
Integrated Statistical Analysis
Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
General Physics I/Lecture
General Physics I/Lab
General Physics II/Lecture
General Physics II/Lab
PRIOR TO ADMISSION INTO THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM, THE JUNIOR ADMIT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED ALL OF THE UNIVERSITY CORE+ GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES:
Introduction to Health Professions
Wellness: Strategies for Life
For UF students with a previous baccalaureate degree, HEPR 150, HPE 100, and the general education requirements are waived.