Ohio State University Physical Therapy Division
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy Division 206 Atwell Hall, 453 West 10th Ave. Columbus OH 43210 United States
Phone+1 614.292.1706
Public
CAPTE Accredited
Program Description

The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a three year program that starts in summer and ends in spring. We cover the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities of a physical therapist in a modular format. Students learn a particular content area through a combination of lecture, discussion, and clinical skills laboratories supplemented by online learning activities. Integrated clinical experiences (part-time) along side the academic program let students begin to develop clinical skills, and full time clinical experiences immerse the student in the clinical environment to cement the learning. This pattern repeats itself twice more before graduation. In this way, we can begin to incorporate case studies and problem based learning more and more as the program progresses, with students who have the context and clinical experience to benefit from that type of learning.

The DPT program is housed in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which is a part of the The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Our school has been a nationally recognized as a leader in practice-based health care education for more than five decades. With a nationally ranked academic medical center literally across the street, real life learning opportunities abound. In our school, we learn alongside students in occupational therapy, athletic training, medical dietetics, radiologic sciences, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory sciences, and health information management and systems. Through inter-professional learning experiences, we also interact with students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, speech and hearing sciences, and social work. The academic programs at Ohio State cover virtually every known field of study. 

With more than 60 years experience preparing students for successful careers in PT, Ohio State's 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. Students want an education that prepares them for real-world challenges, and our faculty provide exactly that. Our faculty are recognized national and international leaders in teaching, clinical practice, research, and professional leadership.

Our PT students have additional options to extend their entry-level education:

- students can pursue a specialization in pediatrics, research, rehab engineering (assistive technology), or global health
- students interested in a career in research and/or education can pursue our dual DPT/PhD program
- students can register for an independent study course to explore an interest with faculty guidance

The academic medical center is home to advanced skills training in physical therapy, with post-professional residency programs in geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, women's health, and sports. OSU also offers clinical fellowships, specialization beyond residency, in professional baseball, manual therapy, and dance medicine. Our students interact regularly with the residents and fellows in the classroom and in the clinic to see first hand what early career excellence really means.

For more information on Ohio State University's Physical Therapy program, please visit our website at: https://hrs.osu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/clinical-doctorate-in-physical-therapy. Please also visit the PTCAS Directory for detailed information about the program's admission requirements.

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
Students admitted to the DPT program have the unique opportunity to prepare for a career as an academic/research physical therapist through the  DPT/PhD dual degree option. Students must first be admitted to the DPT program. Should a student be interested in the dual program, they should notify their faculty advisor after beginning the program. https://hrs.osu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/clinical-doctorate-in-physical-therapy/dptphd-dual-degree
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about interviews
Dates and further details will be provided on our website. Interviews are invitation only. https://hrs.osu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/clinical-doctorate-in-physical-therapy/admissions-details
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$500
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit must be submitted as part of the official acceptance process. No deposit will be required before January 15th.  Applicants who are offered  admission will have at least 14 days from the date that admission decisions are posted to pay their admission deposit. Failure to pay deposit by the deadline will negatively affect an applicant's admission status.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/17/2022
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$131641
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$225745
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
50
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
88%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
12%
Sex
% Male
26%
% Female 
74%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
4%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
82%
% Declining to State 
14%
Additional information about the class profile
This program does not give preference to applicants who are currently enrolled at The Ohio State University or to residents of the state of Ohio. The percentages for admissions represent all applicants who were offered a seat in the program, including those who declined the offer.  The other statistics listed above represent students who have matriculated into the program.  
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