Doctor of Physical Therapy​​​​​​

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is fully accredited as a part of The University of Findlay and the College of Health Professions through the Higher Learning Commission​ (HLC).

Findlay is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:

An Accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy Program With Two Options:

Physical Therapy Traditional Program​

The traditional program is a six-year (3 + 3) program. Students may enter as undergraduates and take three years of prerequisites. The fourth year starts the professional studies phase of the program. Upon completion of the fourth year, students receive a bachelor of science degree. A doctor of physical therapy degree is awarded after completing a total of six years of study. Transfer students may also enter the program for three years of professional studies to earn a DPT degree.​ A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in August.


Early Assurance Program

The University of Findlay has one of the few physical therapy schools in Ohio that has an early assurance program. Students with a 3.5 GPA (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and a 26 ACT (1760 SAT) score may be eligible for direct freshman admission.

All application materials, including the DPT supplemental application, must be received by Nov. 15 to be considered for the direct freshman admissions option. We encourage early application to the University to allow sufficient time for our physical therapy materials to be received and then returned by the Nov. 15 deadline. Students who do not meet the requirements above may apply for admissions to the graduate program after July 1, typically of their junior year of college.

The physical therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without prior notice.

PTA to DPT Bridge Program

Physical Therapy The physical therapy PTA to DPT Bridge Program is specifically designed for current physical therapist assistants (PTA) with a bachelor's degree to earn a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. Students attend our PTA to DPT Bridge Program every other weekend for a period of three years to complete the program. A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in January.


Our PTA to DPT Bridge Program will prepare graduates to:

  • Practice as professional therapists
  • Work as generalist practitioners
  • Display a dedication to self-motivated, life-long learning

Our 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, lifelong 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

Best in the Midwest

The University of Findlay has earned top rankings in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." This is the 10th consecutive year that Findlay has been listed in among the top regional universities in the Midwest. The survey also ranked Findlay's Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs among the best graduate programs of their kind in the country. Continue reading.