With more than 60 years experience preparing students for successful careers in PT, Ohio State’s doctorate of physical therapy degree program is among the very best in the country. Our well-trained faculty, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and network of supportive alumni and mentors all add to the value of a degree from this program.

If you’re already a physical therapist, Ohio State offers several robust post-professional education opportunities. We now offer five clinical residency programs in cooperation with other programs at the OSU Wexner Medical Center and area facilities. These residencies include Orthopaedic, Neurologic, Pediatric, Geriatric, Sports, and Women's Health. Clinical fellowships in Orthopaedic Manual, Performing Arts, and Upper Extremity could take your career even farther.

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Customize your degree with a variety of advanced educational opportunities

Our students can extend their entry-level education with graduate specializations in pediatrics, research, and global health. A post-professional master of science degree can provide additional preparation for participation in scholarship, teaching, and leadership.

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Experienced faculty are the difference

Students want an education that prepares them for real-world challenges, and our faculty provide exactly that. More than a dozen of our faculty members have advanced degrees, and their clinically relevant research has appeared in more than 31 publications and academic journals.

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Pursue teaching and research with a combined DPT/PhD program

Some students know they prefer a physical therapy career in research and higher education, rather than in a clinic setting.  If you’re one of these rare students motivated to pursue your DPT as well as a PhD for a future career in academics and research, this is the program for you.

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A career for the long term

The number of jobs for physical therapists is expected to grow 15% by 2032. That’s due to aging baby boomers who are active longer in life, and an increase in people with mobility issues due to diabetes and obesity. In 2022, the annual median wage for PTs was more than $97,700.

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The Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at The Ohio State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (614) 292-5922 or email HRSPTDivision@osumc.edu

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DPT Financial Fact Sheet

Financial Fact Sheet

Program Outcomes

* Class Year Based on When Original Graduation Expected for Original Cohort
** Based on Alumni Survey
Data for Class of 2023 Subject to Update
Class Year * (Original) Graduated On Time Ultimate Graduation Passed NPTE First Time Ultimate NPTE Pass Rate Employment Rate **
2016 96% (43/45) 100% (45/45) 98% (42/43) 100% (43/43) 100%
2017 98% (46/47) 98% (46/47) 100% (46/46) 100% (46/46) 100%
2018 96% (46/48) 100% (46/48) 96% (46/48) 100% (48/48) 100%
2019 100% (49/49) 100% (49/49) 98% (47/48) 100% (48/48) 100%
2020 98% (48/49) 100% (49/49) 100% (49/49) 100% (49/49) 100%
2021 100% (48/48) 100% (48/48) 98% (46/47) 100% (47/47) 100%
2022 98% (45/46) 100% (46/46) 96% (44/46) 100% (45/46) 97%
2021-2022 99% (93/94) 100% (94/94) 96% (90/94) 100% (94/94) 99%
2023 98% (46/47) 100% (47/47) 100% (46/46) 100% (46/46) ?

Disclosure Statement

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at http://go.osu.edu/disclosures for online programs and http://go.osu.edu/onground for on-campus programs.

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