- Doctorate Degree
- Course Sequence
- Faculty & Staff
- Admissions Requirements
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The University of Dayton's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will prepare you to be a knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioner. Our faculty and
Money Magazine has named physical therapy one of the "Best
Earn your doctorate in physical therapy!
The American Physical Therapy Association has called on schools to raise the educational standards for practitioners, who will be expected to have
The DPT program offers students the opportunity to
- The program is delivered over three years in eight consecutive semesters.
- Students take 86 weeks of classes, including 38 weeks of four, full-time clinical rotations and a research capstone course leading to a professional presentation and/or publishable manuscript.
- A total of 80 hours of observation is required from at least two distinctly different physical therapy patient care settings. A minimum of 20 observation hours must be in an inpatient setting.
Much of the DPT curriculum is delivered through problem-based learning, which emphasizes professional decision-making and the use of critical analysis in problem solving.
Candidates for the program are required to have a bachelor's degree. Commonly, this degree is in pre-physical therapy or other related fields, such as exercise science, exercise physiology, biology, psychology, dietetics or chemistry.
See what courses you will take, when.
View the course sequence for each year and term below, or download the full curriculum (pdf) >>
Year 1 Sequence
Core Module I: Basic Science (16 weeks)
- DPT 815 Human Gross
- DPT 840 Clinical Science
- DPT 805 Functional Physiology I: Intro to Pathophysiology
- DPT 820 Movement Science
- DPT 810 Professional Seminar I:
Spring Semester (11 weeks)
Core Module I: Basic Science (16 weeks)
- DPT 841 Clinical Science II: Intro to Medical Diagnostics
- DPT 806 Functional Physiology II: Exercise Physiology
- DPT 846 Maturation Science I
- DPT 818 Neuroscience
- DPT 825 Pharmacy Therapeutics
- DPT 811 Professional Seminar II: Clinical Practice
General Medicine I (6 weeks)
- DPT 961 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 971 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 981 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 842 Clinical Science III: Modalities I
- DPT 991 Research I
Summer Term I
General Medicine II (6 weeks)
- DPT 962 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 972 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 982 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 843 Clinical Science IV: Modalities II
- DPT 847 Maturation Science II
Summer Term II
Clinical Module I: General Medicine (6 weeks)
- DPT 951 Clinical Rotation I: General Medicine
Year 2 Sequence
Neurology I (10 weeks)
- DPT 963 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 973 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 983 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 992 Research II
- DPT 964 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 974 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 984 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 992 Research II (continued)
- DPT 952 Clinical Rotation II: Neurology (8 weeks)
Orthopedics (9 weeks)
- DPT 965 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 975 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 985 Clinical Issues
- DPT 993 Research III
Summer Term I
Clinical Module III: Orthopedics (12 weeks)
- DPT 953 Clinical Rotation III: Orthopedics
Summer Term II
Clinical Module III: Orthopedics (12 weeks, continued)
- DPT 953 Clinical Rotation III: Orthopedics (continued)
Year 3 Sequence
Orthopedics II (6 weeks)
- DPT 966 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 976 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 986 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 910 Professional Seminar III: Leadership & Management
- DPT 994 Research IV
- DPT 967 Clinical Pathology
- DPT 977 Clinical Skills Lab
- DPT 987 Clinical Issues Seminar
- DPT 940 Clinical Science V: Current Technology
- DPT 911 Professional Seminar IV: Business & Marketing
Program Comprehensive Exams
Advanced Therapy II (5 weeks)
- DPT 988 Contemporary Clinical Practice Electives
Core Module IV: Contact Clinical (12 weeks)
- DPT 954 Clinical Rotation IV: Contract Clinical
Summation Module (1 week)
- DPT 912 Professional Seminar V: Professional Development
- DPT 995 Research V
Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty & Staff
Expanding opportunities for students
The University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2010 established a scholarship for a DPT second year student. The recipient is to be in good academic standing and must demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
A University scholarship is endowed when it reaches the $25,000 level. We are steadily working towards our goal and will award $500 to a deserving student with a financial need in the 2013-2014 academic year. We are blessed to have such a giving group of students, alumni, friends and colleagues in the health care field and appreciate your gifts to ensure the successful careers of our graduates.
If you would like to contribute to the “Department of Physical Therapy, Class of 2010 Scholarship” at the University of Dayton, please click the link below.
We have what you need to succeed!
Find out what it takes to join the program!
Fall 2014 Applicants
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Dayton will participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, also known as PTCAS, beginning in July 2013. Applicants applying for entry into the DPT program at UD for the Fall 2014 term should apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit www.ptcas.org.
Please check back for important information regarding the application process and deadlines.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.
It is expected that some applicants may have outstanding coursework at the time of application. However, plans for completing prerequisites prior to the beginning of the DPT program must be clearly indicated on the prerequisite worksheet.
Prerequisite Course Requirements
- Full sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs
- Full sequence of General Biology with labs
- Full sequence of General Chemistry with labs
- Full sequence of General Physics with labs
- Exercise Physiology with lab
- General/Introductory Psychology
- Human Development
- Research Methods
- Oral Communication
- Medical Terminology (not required for Pre-PT/AT majors)
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA across all schools attended
- Minimum 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite science courses
- Minimum 3.0 GPA for all general prerequisite courses
- Grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses
- Minimum of 64 semester credits
- Minimum of four or more prerequisite science courses with labs
You must retake any prerequisite courses in which you earned a grade of C- or lower.
You must have completed all science courses within the past ten years. Science coursework completed prior will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and
Apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program!
Choosing a university is an important step to your overall academic career. It's important to make sure that the institutions to which you apply have the programs and resources that meet your personal and academic needs.
We believe that the School of Education & Allied Professions offers some of the best academic and student-services programs. Our students are some of the most accomplished and motivated students anywhere. Explore the university for yourself. Use the links below to learn more about what it takes to be a Flyer.
Applicants to the DPT program should submit the following information in addition to the PTCAS application:
- Official academic records of all previously attended
colleges or universitiesmust be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admissions Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student, and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist. Other letters may be from professors or employers.
- Official GRE results
- Prerequisite worksheet (pdf)
- Essay (see below)
- Clinical observation verification form (pdf). Eighty hours of observation under a licensed physical therapist in at least two distinctly different physical therapy patient care settings, with a minimum of 20 hours in an inpatient setting, are required.
Please provide a typed response that addresses the following content points:
- Autobiographical sketch
- Discussion of work and/or volunteer (other than clinical observation) experiences
- Report of clinical observations by institution, including a description of select observed activities or circumstances of importance
- Impression of the physical therapy profession
- Statement of personal and/or professional goals and ambitions, if accepted into the profession of physical therapy
- Reasons for applying to the University of Dayton
- Other pertinent information
Type your name at the top of each sheet in your response. The response should be double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins. Responses should be a minimum of two pages and a maximum of eight pages.
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY AS THE PERSONAL STATEMENT ON THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Rather, please submit your responses via e-mail to email@example.com or mail your responses to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1670