Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program​

This is a one-of-a-kind bridge program specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) who wishes to earn a doctor of physical therapy degree. You will be meeting on campus generally every other weekend in the fall, winter, spring and summer semester. Distance learning is also incorporated into the curriculum and you are required to work an average of 80 hours per month as a PTA to complement your coursework. In addition, students are expected to complete 26 weeks of clinical education experiences. Please be advised, a criminal background check may be required prior to the clinical site acceptance.

For more information about the Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program and how to apply, watch the video below:



Weekend PTA to DPT Application Process

Applicants will apply to the University of Findlay Weekend to PTA to DPT Bridge Program using our online graduate application. The application will be available between early January and May 1. Applicants must also send official transcripts for all college credit to the Office of Admissions. 

All materials must be submitted by May 1 for consideration into the program. This process should be started six weeks prior to the May 1 deadline because it is a lengthy process, requiring three recommendation forms, an essay, and copy of your PTA license.

Application Criteria

Minimum overall and science grade point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate work (on a four-point scale). Courses with a grade below a "C" will not transfer but will be included in the cumulative grade point average.

  • Admission to the Physical Therapy Program is a two -step process:
    • Applicants must first apply to University of Findlay using the online graduate application and send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
    • Apply to the Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program. Deadline for admission consideration is May1.
  • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution recognized by the University of Findlay.
  • Evidence of having graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist assistant program (transcripts may serve as evidence).
  • A maximum of 36 students are admitted into a cohort which begins the program each January.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience as a physical therapist assistant is required and must be completed by Sept. 1 of the year of application.
  • Five of the seven prerequisite classes must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to submitting the application (by May of the year of application).
  • All seven prerequisites must be completed with a GPA of a 3.0 before a student can be fully admitted to the program (by December of the year of application).
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.


Course information can be sent to Graduate Admissions in order to determine if it is equivalent to our prerequisites.

  • BIOL 322 & 322 Lab - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hours)*
  • BIOL 323 & 323 Lab - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 hours)*
  • CHEM 130 & 130 Lab - General Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • CHEM 131 & 131 Lab - General Chemistry II (4 hours)
  • PHYS 250 & 250 Lab - General Physics I (4 hours)
  • PHYS 251 & 251 Lab - General Physics II (4 hours)
  • MATH 123 - Elementary Statistics (3 hours)

Five of the seven prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application. All required program prerequisites and official transcripts must be received prior to beginning the professional program.

*Four hours of Anatomy and Physiology must be taken within five years.

Selection of Applicants

A number of factors are considered during the selection process for each physical therapy class. These include grades, writing ability, recommendations, employment experience, leadership, community and professional involvement. Students who are alumni of or currently enrolled at the University of Findlay are given special consideration in the application process.


The application cycle for the Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program is open from Jan. 1 until May 1 of the year preceding planned matriculation.