How do I apply to the DPT program at The Ohio State University?

Ohio State's DPT program accepts applications through a centralized application service, PTCAS. Applicants interested in applying for the upcoming class beginning in June 2017, the application deadline is October 1st, 2016. There is only one application period every year.

To apply, please visit and follow the posted instructions. If you have questions or concerns regarding the PTCAS application, please email or call 617-612-2040.

When do I complete Ohio State's supplemental application?

Once the Ohio State PT program receives your completed PTCAS application, you will receive instructions from The Ohio State University Graduate Admissions to complete the supplemental application if your overall GPA is greater than 3.0. They will provide a new deadline for completing the supplemental application. The link to the supplemental application is NOT public. 

Where do I find the prerequisite and evaluation sheets?

The prerequisite sheet is part of the supplemental application. The evaluation sheet is part of the PTCAS application.

Does the DPT program accept transfer students?

No, Ohio State's DPT program does not accept transfer students from other PT programs.

What major do I need to enter the DPT program?

There is no "right" undergraduate major to enter the DPT program. Examples include health sciences, exercise science, psychology, nutrition or another health-related field. A health related major seems to best prepare students for entry in the program. However, as long as the student performs well academically and completes the prerequisite courses, the major of their choice is best.

Is there a time limit on being out of school with a degree before returning?

There is no specific time limit. Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward prerequisite requirements?

Yes. We currently accept AP courses as prerequisite requirements if your undergraduate institution accepted them as credits toward your undergraduate degree.

How do you determine if a particular course meets Ohio State's prerequisites?

Prior to contacting the university, please visit to determine whether your courses meet Ohio State's requirement for transfer credit. If your institution is not represented on, please contact

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required?

Yes. All applicants must have taken the GRE within the past five years. Please send scores to PTCAS (code 7796).

If a student has multiple GRE scores, which are accepted?

We will accept the best overall score, not the best individual section scores.

How many students are accepted per class?

Ohio State's DPT program accepts an average of 47-50 students per year.

What is the profile of an admitted applicant?

On average, students admitted to our DPT program have an overall GPA of 3.87 or higher, with an average prerequisite GPA of 3.7. Successful GRE percentiles average 71 Verbal, 70 Quantitative and 65 Analytical Writing.

When does the program begin?

The first term begins summer semester, mid June, the first Tuesday after Memorial Day.

How long is the DPT program?

The DPT program is three years in length.

Does Ohio State's DPT program offer areas of specialty?

No, formally accredited specialization in a particular field of physical therapy occurs after graduation, not before. In accordance with national standards, Ohio State's DPT program is a general degree that covers all basic aspects of physical therapy. We do, however, offer opportunities for students to pursue extra coursework in training in areas of interest. Although a specialty is not offered, there are opportunities for Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations, as well as opportunities for emphasis through choices of electives, supplemental coursework, clinical affiliations and scholarly projects. We also offer a joint DPT/PhD program. Though these are not available until the PT degree is earned, the quality of our faculty and clinics is indicated by our advanced post-professional training programs. We are partners with five clinical residency programs in physical therapy, and a sixth is about to begin. We also have three current fellowship programs for specialization beyond residency. No program has more. For the prospective student, there should be no doubt that the opportunity to go above and beyond is always available at Ohio State, and we have the expertise to guide you.

Does Ohio State's program offer a part-time curriculum or evening courses?

No. Our DPT program is a full-time commitment for three years. There are no part-time or evening options. Most classes are held between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How much does the DPT program cost?

For the 2015-2016 academic year, full-time tuition and fees are $6,598 per semester for Ohio residents and $14,838 for non-residents. Students are required to have health insurance, which may be purchased through the university. First year expenses include textbooks, materials and other fees, which total approximately $1,600. Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel and living arrangements during clinical affiliations. Fee tables are published by the registrar.

The Ohio State University offers a variety of financial assistance and funding options to graduate students, ranging from scholarships, grants and loans to internship, fellowship and graduate associateship opportunities. For more information, please visit OSU's Financial Aid page.

How well do Ohio State DPT students perform on the national board exam?

Our PT graduates routinely achieve among the highest scores on the national board exam.

Clinical Education Handbook

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Student Handbook

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