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Admission Requirements

COVID-related admissions information

In keeping with CDC, State of Ohio, and University of Dayton guidelines, we will be limiting on-campus activities and visits. We will host academic advising and individual department visits virtually using Zoom. We will periodically host virtual open houses and other large group-format sessions using the same platform. To schedule an advising appointment, please email

Virtual open house registration

We are aware that many are experiencing difficulty finding observation hours during the pandemic, but we are still encouraging people to seek these opportunities to meet our criteria, if available. Our program currently requires 40 hours of observation, with at least 10 of those hours in an in-patient setting. However, not all of these hours need to be completed before submitting your application. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to this requirement, if needed. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Completion of the GRE is a required portion of the application. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept the GRE completed through ETS’s at-home proctoring service.

Due to the unique nature of the coronavirus pandemic, we will accept pass/fail credit for any prerequisite courses taken during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if you have the choice between receiving a letter grade or pass/fail credit, we would encourage you to make a decision that will provide you with the best opportunity to both assess your readiness for the DPT program and enhance any future academic and professional aspirations that you may have (e.g. residency programs, graduate assistantships, Ph.D. programs). Please contact us with any further questions that you may have about your decision.

At this time, the structure and format of interview days for the 2021-22 cycle is unknown.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy program are expected to meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA across all schools attended.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for all general prerequisite courses.
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the DPT program.
  • Grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted.
  • Minimum of 64 semester credits and four or more prerequisite science courses with labs must be completed at the time of application.
  • Completion of all prerequisite science courses must be within the past ten years. Science coursework that is older than 10 years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For consideration, CLEP and AP credit must be indicated on a college transcript with the course number for which credit was received.

Early Assurance academic requirements

For consideration applicants applying under Early Assurance must meet or exceed the following:

  • Minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA across all schools attended.
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA for all prerequisite science courses.
  • Minimum Official GRE Composite Score of 300 or higher and an Analytical Writing Score of 4 or higher.
  • Completion of Early Assurance school-specific questions.

Prerequisite course requirements

Science prerequisites

All sciences must be majors-level courses for science or pre-med majors. All science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.

  • Full sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs.
  • Full sequence of General Biology with labs OR the completion of one General Biology course with lab and a second Biology Course that must meet all five of the following requirements: 1) Have a biology prefix (BIO, BIOL, BI, BIOLOGY etc.) 2) Have a number 200 or 2000 or higher, 3) Have a lab, 4) Have a General Biology course as a prerequisite, 5) Is a majors-level course in Biology.
  • Full sequence of General Chemistry with labs.
  • Full sequence of General Physics with labs.
  • Exercise Physiology with lab.
General prerequisites
  • General Psychology: General or Introductory Psychology.
  • Human Development: A lifespan development course covering physical, social, and psychological development, beginning with conception and ending at death. Applicants may also fulfill this requirement by completing a combination of both: Child/Adolescent Psychology and Adult/Aging Psychology. Abnormal Psychology is not an acceptable substitute.
  • Statistics: A basic statistics course covering statistical analysis up through and including ANOVA.
Prerequisite retake policy

Applicants must indicate on the PTCAS when a course has been retaken; failure to do so may result in the disqualification of the applicant.

If a course has been retaken, the University of Dayton DPT Program will permit an applicant to substitute the higher grade for a maximum of one (1) science prerequisite course. Science prerequisite courses (with their associated labs) include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • Exercise Physiology
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics II

If more than one course has been retaken, then an average of all attempts will be calculated into the respective GPA.


Department of Physical Therapy

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2925