Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisites include:
    • One course in each of the following:
      • Human Anatomy with lab1
      • Human Physiology with lab1
      • General Psychology
      • Statistics
    • Two (2) courses on a semester-based system in each of the following:
      • Biology for science majors with lab
      • Chemistry for science majors with lab
      • Physics (algebra-based)
  • The following courses are highly recommended: Exercise Physiology with lab, Technical Writing
  • Three letters of recommendation; one must be from a physical therapist and one from a professor (or employer if you are not currently a student)
  • Interview
  • Knowledge of the field of physical therapy
  • Shadowing a physical therapist is highly recommended to obtain knowledge of the field; however, there is not a minimum number of hours of observation or shadowing required

Or two course sequence in Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Criminal Background Check Policy

All incoming physical therapy students are required to complete both an Ohio BCI&I check and a FBI criminal background check. In the event that the background check report identifies a history of criminal activity, the student may be at risk for not being able to successfully complete the required clinical education requirements of the DPT program. Successful completion of all designated clinical practicums and clinical internships is a graduation requirement for a DPT degree. Further, students with a criminal background may be “at risk” for not meeting Physical Therapy licensure eligibility requirements in some states due to a felony conviction. 

Each student, while enrolled in the didactic and clinical portions of the physical therapy curriculum, is required to complete various immunizations, titers, tests, and a physical examination each year as specified in the Student Health Form Packet in the DPT Program Student Handbook. Students are prohibited to engage in laboratory activities or to attend clinical facilities if this information is not on file for the current year. 

It should also be noted that some clinical education sites have additional health requirements (flu shots, drug screens, etc.). When these are known in advance, the program will inform the student of any additional health requirements. However, during preparations for upcoming clinicals, the student is responsible for checking with the Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education to determine if there are any additional health requirements. It is recommended that this process be initiated approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the clinical to allow adequate time for completion of any additional health requirements. If the student does not complete the additional requirements of the clinical site, the student is prohibited from attending that facility for their clinical education experience.  

All expenses incurred in obtaining a physical, necessary laboratory tests, immunizations and additional health requirements are the responsibility of the student. 

Essential Functions

The University of Toledo admits and matriculates qualified physical therapy students in accordance with the UT Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of a Disability – The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The State of Ohio Revised Code, and other applicable statutes and regulations relating to equality of opportunity. UT prohibits discrimination against anyone on the basis of disability and is committed to equal access for all qualified applicants and students. 

A physical therapist must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of patients/clients. Performing successfully as a student physical therapist involves completing significant intellectual, social and physical tasks throughout the curriculum. Students must master a broad array of basic knowledge, skills, and behaviors, including abilities in the areas of judgment, integrity, character, professional attitude and demeanor. To master these skills and behaviors, candidates/students must possess, at a minimum, abilities and skills in observation, communication, motor function, intellectual-conceptualization, behavioral and social skills. These abilities and skills comprise the categories of UT physical therapy program’s ‘Essential Functions of a Physical Therapy Student for Matriculation, and Graduation’ which are further described and defined in the Student Handbook located on the DPT program website.

The essential functions provide information to allow a candidate to make an informed decision for application and are a guide to accommodation of students with disabilities. Academic adjustments can be made for disabilities in some instances, but a student must be able to perform the essential functions of the physical therapy program independently either with or without reasonable accommodation. 

In adopting these standards, the UT physical therapy program believes it must keep in mind the ultimate safety of both students and patients who may be involved in the course of a student’s education. The essential functions reflect what the physical therapy program believes are reasonable expectations for physical therapy students learning and performing patient care.

PHYT 5000Gross Anatomy5
PHYT 5350Introduction to Examination2
PHYT 5050Analysis of Movement I2
PHYT 5020Lifespan I2
PHYT 5060Analysis of Movement II3
PHYT 5110Clinical Pathophysiology I3
PHYT 5130Evidence Based Practice4
PHYT 6460Teaching and Learning2
PHYT 5450Foundations of Physical Therapy2
PHYT 5270Applied Exercise Physiology3
PHYT 5090Neuroscience5
PHYT 5280Therapeutic Interventions I2
PHYT 5750Clinical Reasoning1
PHYT 5300Principles of Therapeutic Exercise2
PHYT 5900Medical Imaging2
PHYT 5290Therapeutic Interventions II2
PHYT 5120Clinical Pathophysiology II1
PHYT 5650Pharmacology of Physical Therapy1
PHYT 5850Clinical Education Experience I3
PHYT 6020Lifespan II2
PHYT 6260Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Physical Therapy3
PHYT 6500Musculoskeletal Rehab I3
PHYT 6510Musculoskeletal Rehab II3
PHYT 6600Neuromuscular Rehab I3
PHYT 6610Neuromuscular Rehab II3
PHYT 6620Pediatric Rehabilitation2
PHYT 6100Health Promotion2
PHYT 6700Professional Issues1
PHYT 6740Clinical Seminar I2
PHYT 6750Clinical Seminar II2
PHYT 6850Clinical Education Experience II5
PHYT 7050Practice Management2
PHYT 7320Medical Screening1
PHYT 7890Clinical Education Experience III4
PHYT 7900Clinical Education Experience IV6
Select two of the following:4
Special Topics in Physical Therapy I
Special Topics in Physical Therapy II
Scholarly Project I
Scholarly Project II
Total Hours95

This three year full-time degree includes integrated clinical experiences and internships as well as a scholarly project.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
PHYT 5000 Gross Anatomy 5
PHYT 5350 Introduction to Examination 2
PHYT 5050 Analysis of Movement I 2
Second Term
PHYT 5450 Foundations of Physical Therapy 2
PHYT 6460 Teaching and Learning 2
PHYT 5110 Clinical Pathophysiology I 3
PHYT 5130 Evidence Based Practice 4
PHYT 5060 Analysis of Movement II 3
Third Term
PHYT 5270 Applied Exercise Physiology 3
PHYT 5280 Therapeutic Interventions I 2
PHYT 5300 Principles of Therapeutic Exercise 2
PHYT 5750 Clinical Reasoning 1
PHYT 5900 Medical Imaging 2
PHYT 5090 Neuroscience 5
Fourth Term
PHYT 5020 Lifespan I 2
PHYT 5290 Therapeutic Interventions II 2
PHYT 5120 Clinical Pathophysiology II 1
PHYT 5650 Pharmacology of Physical Therapy 1
PHYT 6170
Scholarly Project I
or Special Topics in Physical Therapy I
PHYT 5850 Clinical Education Experience I 3
Fifth Term
PHYT 6260 Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Physical Therapy 3
PHYT 6020 Lifespan II 2
PHYT 6500 Musculoskeletal Rehab I 3
PHYT 6600 Neuromuscular Rehab I 3
PHYT 6740 Clinical Seminar I 2
PHYT 7050 Practice Management 2
Sixth Term
PHYT 6180
Scholarly Project II
or Special Topics in Physical Therapy II
PHYT 6100 Health Promotion 2
PHYT 6510 Musculoskeletal Rehab II 3
PHYT 6610 Neuromuscular Rehab II 3
PHYT 6750 Clinical Seminar II 2
PHYT 6620 Pediatric Rehabilitation 2
Seventh Term
PHYT 6850 Clinical Education Experience II 5
PHYT 7890 Clinical Education Experience III 4
PHYT 7320 Medical Screening 1
PHYT 6700 Professional Issues 1
Eighth Term
PHYT 7900 Clinical Education Experience IV 6
 Total Hours95
  • PLO 1. Demonstrate satisfactory performance on all written and practical examinations.
  • PLO 2. Demonstrate satisfactory performance during clinical experiences.
  • PLO 3. Develop skills needed to critically evaluate evidence to justify clinical decisions.
  • PLO 4. Develop skills needed to communicate and collaborate with patients, families, and members of other professions to optimize PT outcomes in healthcare.
  • PLO 5. Participate in advocacy experiences.
  • PLO 6. Participate in professional or community service experiences.
  • PLO 7. Pursue professional development opportunities at local, state, and national levels.