Apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program


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Application information

Interested individuals should apply through the Physical Therapy Common Application System (PTCAS).

Application deadlines

  • PTCAS application opens: around July 1
General application deadlines
  • Application deadline: around Oct. 1
  • Last acceptable GRE test date: Sept. 17
Early decision deadlines
  • Application deadline: Aug. 15
  • Last acceptable GRE test date: July 30

Note: This includes Articulation Agreement applicants.

Application requirements

Applicants to the DPT program at the University of Dayton are required to submit the following information through the PTCAS application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities. These records must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to PTCAS. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student, and unofficial copies are not acceptable. Applicants selected for admission will be required to submit all original and final transcripts directly to the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist, and one letter must be from a professor. The other letter may be from a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, professor, advisor, or an employer. Evaluators must know applicants in a professional or academic capacity.
  • Official GRE results: Submit results directly to PTCAS GRE Code 0294.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses: Applicants that have outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application must clearly indicate their plans for completion prior to the start of the program.
  • Program-specific questions.
  • Clinical observation record: Eighty hours of observation under a licensed physical therapist in at least two distinctly different physical therapy patient care settings. A minimum of 20 hours must be completed in an inpatient setting. All hours must be verified by a licensed physical therapist.

International students

Additional conditions and requirements apply for international students. Click here to learn more >>

Contact us

Department of Physical Therapy

Fitz Hall 207 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2925

937-229-5600