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.

Please visit the Department of Physical Therapy website >>

Admission Requirements

For 2014-2015, the University of Dayton will be using the Physical Therapy Common Application System (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit


PTCAS Application Opens: July 1, 2014

General Application Deadlines

  • Soft Deadline: October 1, 2014
  • Firm Deadline: December 1, 2014
  • Last Acceptable GRE Test Date: September 17, 2014

Early Decision Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2014
  • Last Acceptable GRE Test Date: July 30, 2014
  • This includes Articulation Agreement applicants.

Only applicants who apply before the October 1, 2014, 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 a potential interview day in February. The February interview date is only held when the class has not been filled from the December interviews.

For additional information on admissions requirements and for international applicants information, please visit our program website >>

Academic Requirements

Program academic requirements for D.P.T. candidates can be found in the online Catalog. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a graduate assistantship?
Yes! Learn more >>

How do I learn more about Physical Therapy?
Visit the Department of Physical Therapy website >>