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Program Overview​

The University of Findlay is one of the few physical therapy schools in Ohio that has an early assurance program. The early assurance program allows incoming freshmen with a strong high school GPA and ACT or SAT ​score to apply to reserve their seat in the Traditional DPT Program. After three years of undergraduate study, the student is guaranteed a seat in the Traditional DPT Program, providing they maintain minimum requirements. ​

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:

  1. 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. View information on the Early Assurance application process and requirements below in the drop-down boxes. ​
    1. ​​The Early Assurance Application Deadline has been extended to April 16, 2023​​

  2. ​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. ​​​For more information about the 3+3 Traditional DPT Program, please click the button below:​​

Application Process

• The early assurance applicants will be required to apply to The University of Findlay.

• Upon acceptance and if the early assurance criteria are met, applicants will be given access to a separate supplemental early assurance option application. The second application allows the high school student to provide the reviewers with information on their involvement in extra-curricular activities including service as well as performance in other areas pertinent to granting an invitation for admission to the professional phase of the program as a freshman.

Admission Requirements

The early assurance option is available to those high school seniors who meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

  2. 26 or higher on the ACT or 1240 or higher on the SAT

Prior to admission into the professional program during the student’s fourth year, the early assurance students must have completed all of the University CORE+ general education requirements and all program prerequisites. Please see the prerequisite courses drop down box below. Early assurance students must also meet the criteria listed below:

• Maintain a minimum overall college grade point average of 3.5 every semester, and a minimum Math/Science Prerequisites GPA of 3.2 by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.

• Must complete 40 hours of observation in two different types of clinical settings in physical therapy by the time of application to the PT program. One setting must be an acute care hospital, rehabilitation/subacute rehabilitation facility, or extended care facilities/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.

• 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 if courses were taken elsewhere. Complete the GRE with scores reported to The University of Findlay.

• Declare and complete a minor prior to entering the DPT program or declare a dual major and complete all undergraduate requirements prior to entering the DPT program.

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Prior to admission into the professional program during the student’s fourth year, the early assurance students must have completed all of the University CORE+ general education requirements and all program prerequisites.

Six of the following Math/Science Prerequisites, not including labs, should be completed before making an 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.


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