Earn your doctorate in physical therapy

As a student in the University of Dayton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you'll 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).

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.

Scholarship available for second-year student

The UD Physical Therapy Class of 2010 established a scholarship for a second-year DPT student. The recipient should be in good academic standing and must demonstrate a financial need (as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid).

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Graduate assistantship info.

Graduate assistantships are competitive and limited. Assistantships are available in several departments within the School of Education and Health Sciences. Click here to learn more >>

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Department of Physical Therapy

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