Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program

We are a unique and innovative hybrid program with a history of successful graduation, employment, and board pass rates.  The Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program is specifically designed for the working Physical Therapist Assistant. It is referred to as a bridge program because we bridge the gap between your knowledge as a working PTA with the skillset required to be a DPT. Our PTA to DPT Bridge Program prepares graduates to practice as generalist professional Doctor of Physical Therapists dedicated to life-long learning.

Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program Highlights​

As working professionals, we integrate many classroom experiences into your clinical practice to help with the application of the material and to give you time to practice your newly acquired DPT skills.
  • This is the first Bridge program was developed in 1994 and graduated the first class in 1997.
  • Our program is designed for the working PTA by offering a weekend format.​
  • As working professionals, we integrate your time in the clinic as part of your educational experience.
  • Our students bring a variety of experiences ranging from 1-35 years as practicing PTA professionals, working in a variety of settings across 47 different states.​
  • Our program offers small community cohort sizes of no more than 36 students.​
  • There is a strong emphasis on clinical experiential learning. We have contracts with over 2,000 clinical sites across the United States after the end of the didactic phase of the program​
Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program
Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program
We attract students from all states, practice environments and years of experience, which creates an enriching learning experience.
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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 Traditional and Bridge Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at The University of Findlay are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, Please Call 419-434-5778 or email [email protected]