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Department of Physical Therapy

Classroom & hands-on training from day one

Physical Therapy students learning in an anatomy labAs a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Dayton, you'll prepare to be a knowledgeable, service-oriented, adaptable and reflective practitioner. You'll grow personally and professionally as you develop your skills in critical thinking, lifelong learning and ethical decision-making.

Using the latest in evidence-based practice, you'll test your ability to provide independent judgments concerning the needs of the patient and the community.

Our innovative three year (eight-semester) 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.

Our faculty and graduates contribute to society and the physical therapy profession through practice, teaching, administration and research.

Proven record of success


Ultimate licensure pass rate (2016-18)


Program graduation rate (2016-18)


Employment rate (based on post-graduate survey)

Program highlights

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

We give you a competitive edge

The need for highly trained physical therapists continues to rise, and our program will put you at the front of the curve:

Attend a virtual open house

Prospective students interested in the University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy program are invited to attend a virtual open house.

Dates will be listed here as they become available.

Accreditation information

Our program is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 937-229-5600 or email


Department of Physical Therapy

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2925