Clinical Education Handbook

Please click here for the Clinical Education Handbook.

Student Handbook

Please click here for the DPT Student Handbook.

How can I learn more about the program?

We offer several informational sessions throughout the year. Please go to our DPT Information Session page to see dates and register.

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. 

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?

No, there is no time limit between earning your bachelor's degree and beginning the DPT program.

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. This must be reflected on your transcript.

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

Prior to contacting the university, please visit This is a good starting point to see if courses from your institution would be a direct equivalent to a prerequisite course at Ohio State. However, just because it’s not a direct equivalent does not mean we would not accept it. To determine whether your courses meet Ohio State's prerequisite requirements, please send unofficial copies of your transcripts to and we can perform an evaluation for you.

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required, even if I already have a graduate degree?

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

Do you have a minimum GRE score?

We do not have a minimum required GRE score.

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.

When does the program begin?

The program begins each summer semester, the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Summer 2019 admits will begin on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

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 or evening option?

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 2019-2020 academic year, full-time tuition and fees are $12,424 for Ohio residents and $36,052 for Out-of-state students. 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 Ohio State'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.

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