Pre-Physical Therapy

Professor teaching a classThe Pre-Physical Therapy program at the University of Dayton prepares you for a career in healing and rehabilitation through hands-on experience, rigorous coursework and community engagement. Our program will enhance your knowledge, skills and leadership abilities, optimizing your chances for admission to a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate program of your choice.

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Program outcomes

To meet the needs of this fast-growing and broad profession, the pre-physical therapy program is interdisciplinary and includes courses in exercise science, premedicine and biology.

As a pre-physical therapy major, you'll receive extensive hands-on training in physical therapy environments in the Dayton area and beyond. Observation hours allow you to see how physical therapy is used in various settings, including stroke rehabilitation, burn therapy units, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedics and children’s programs. Under the supervision of licensed physical therapists and other health care professionals, you will gain useful insight into career opportunities.

Because of the depth and breadth of the curriculum, our graduates also have preparation for careers in fitness management and sports rehabilitation.

We're among best in the U.S.

Our Pre-PT program is among the best in the nation at preparing undergraduates for doctor of physical therapy programs, according to data from the American Physical Therapy Association’s PTCAS Applicant Data Report

For the years 2016-17 and 2015-16, UD's acceptance rate for students who entered doctoral physical therapy programs held strong at 83% — well above the national average of 50%.

National recognition

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognizes the Department of Health & Sport Science's degree programs in Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science in the areas of Strength and Conditioning and Personal Training for successfully meeting — and continuing to meet — educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.


Department of Health and Sport Science

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968