Current applicants (2017 start date)

What do you need to qualify for the program?

Academic requirements

For consideration, all applicants applying 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 prerequisite science courses
  • 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.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may only be used to fulfill general prerequisites. Advanced Placement (AP) 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 decision academic requirements

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

  • Minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA across all schools attended
  • Minimum 3.6 GPA for all prerequisite science courses
  • Minimum 3.6 GPA for all general prerequisite courses
  • Minimum Official GRE Composite Score of 305 or higher and an Analytical Writing Score of 4 or higher
Prerequisite course requirements

You may wish to complete the Advising/Prerequisite Worksheet (pdf) to track your requirements. This worksheet is for your use and should not be submitted as part of the PTCAS application.

Online Course Policy

It is strongly recommended that science courses be completed in a traditional classroom/lab format. Science courses completed in a hybrid format, where the lecture is online and the lab is in a traditional lab format, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Science courses completed in a strictly online format, where both lecture and lab are completed online, will not be accepted.

For a science course in which the lecture is online and the lab is in a traditional format to be considered, applicants must submit the syllabi for both the hybrid course and the traditional course to tcathcart1@udayton.edu.

General Prerequisite requirements (listed below) may be completed in online course formats.

Science Prerequisites

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

It is strongly recommended that science courses be completed in a traditional classroom/lab format. Science courses completed in a hybrid format, where the lecture is online and the lab is in a traditional lab format, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Science courses completed in a strictly online format, where both lecture and lab are completed online, will not be accepted.

  • Full sequence of Anatomy and Physiology with labs
  • Full sequence of General Biology with labs or the completion of one General Biology course with lab and one upper level (300 or 3000 numbered course or higher) Biology course with lab
  • Full sequence of General Chemistry with labs
  • Full sequence of General Physics with labs
  • Exercise Physiology with lab

General Prerequisites

  • General Psychology: General/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. 
  • Statistics: A basic statistics course covering statistical analysis up through and including ANOVA.
  • Research Methods: An introduction to research methods and design.  The course should cover topics including design and evaluation of research using human subjects, accessing data banks, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. 
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 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will permit an applicant to substitute the higher grade for a maximum of: one (1) biological science prerequisite, one (1) physical sciences prerequisite and one (1) general prerequisite course or lab. If additional courses have been retaken in the biological sciences, physical sciences or general prerequisite sections, then an average of all attempts will be calculated into the respective GPA.

Contact us

Department of Physical Therapy

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

937-229-5600