Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Highly trained physical therapists are in great demand. Completing your clinical doctorate at our program will position you for immediate professional success.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of physical therapists to increase 27 percent by 2016. And the American Physical Therapy Association has called on schools to raise the educational standards for practitioners, who will be expected to have doctorate degrees by 2020.

We will prepare you to be a knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioner — ready to make an immediate contribution to the health and well-being of your patients.

Our three-year program prepares you for physical therapy practice, teaching, or administration and research.  Students entering the program must have completed a bachelor’s degree and specific prerequisite requirements.

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Admission Requirements

The University of Dayton uses the Physical Therapy Common Application System (PTCAS). Applications for admission to the DPT program for Fall 2014 must be submitted through the PTCAS system. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit www.ptcas.org.

Application Deadlines


PTCAS Application Opens: July 2, 2013

Soft Deadline: October 1, 2013

Firm Deadline: December 2, 2013

Last Acceptable GRE Test Date: September 18, 2013 (GRE Code #0294)

Only applicants who apply before the October 1, 2013, deadline will be given priority consideration for the first round of on-campus interviews held in December. Applicants applying after October 1 and prior to December 2, will be considered for the final round of interviews held in February.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.

It is expected that applicants may have outstanding coursework at the time of application. Plans for completing the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the DPT program must be clearly indicated on the application.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog.