Earn your doctorate in physical therapy

About our program

At the University of Dayton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you will graduate as a knowledgeable, reflective and service-oriented practitioner. You will also be equipped with the education and leadership skills needed for the future.  You will grow personally and professionally as you develop your skills in critical thinking, lifelong learning and ethical decision-making as you test your ability to render independent judgments concerning the needs of the patient and community using the latest in evidence-based practice.

Our three-year (eight-semester) program is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

The University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university committed, in the Marianist tradition, to educating the whole person and linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Combining learning with experience

Our innovative program combines classroom and hands-on training from day one that will prepare you to meet the demands of a rapidly changing health care system.

Program highlights
  • Four integrated clinical rotations (38 weeks total) of full-time clinical training.
  • Unique small group problem-based learning (PBL) focusing on real patient cases.
  • Hands-on clinical research and service learning.
  • Independent study and practice electives in your area of interest.

Proven record of success

  • Graduation rate, 2014-16: 98%
  • Ultimate Licensure Exam pass rate, 2012-14: 100%
  • Employment rate: Approximately 100% for graduates who wish to be employed in the field of physical therapy.

Admission requirements

  • Click here for information about academic requirements, early decision academic requirements and prerequisite course requirements.

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Department of Physical Therapy

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