​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Graduate Entry to the Traditional DPT Program​

Program Overview

University of Findlay's Traditional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is designed to allow bachelor’s degree holders to earn a doctorate in three years. Students in the program spend two and a half years in the classroom and six months in full-time clinical rotations.​ ​

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 

Clinical Education 

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 and 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.   

Current University of Findlay Students​

The following information pertains to incoming graduate students and current University of Findlay students applying directly to the graduate Traditional DPT Program in the 4+3 model. 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. To learn more about the 3+3 Program and its methods of entry, please click here or the button below:​

COVID-19 Updates


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. At-home GRE testing will be accepted.


Application Process

• Students seeking entry into the Traditional DPT Program, simply apply online to the DPT Traditional Program using the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). There is no need to apply to the University of Findlay prior to acceptance. Create a PTCAS account today and learn more about the process.

• 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.

Applicants will be notified of the admissions decision after March 1. All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.

• 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.

Admission Requirements

Incoming graduate students or current University of Findlay students applying directly to the graduate Traditional DPT Program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum Math/Science Prerequisites GPA of 3.2.
  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Complete the GRE with scores reported to PTCAS.
  6. 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.

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.

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). 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


Elementary Statistics
Integrated Statistical Analysis
Applied Statistics and Data Analysis

General Physics I/Lecture

General Physics I/Lab

General Physics II/Lecture

General Physics II/Lab


Medical Terminology


General Psychology

Lifespan Development

Abnormal Psychology