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
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 acute care, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, women's health, and sports. A cardiopulmonary residency is in development. 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.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
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 contact HRSGraduateStudentServices@osumc.edu. 

Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Most students will interview on December 2 or 3, 2022. Some students may be invited to interview for Early Action in late September. Interviews are invitation only. https://hrs.osu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/clinical-doctorate-in-physical-therapy/admissions-details

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
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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?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
The first deadline is January 15th for students admitted before January 1st. After that date, the deadline is two weeks after the offer of admission. 
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