College of Health and Human Services
Grover Center W290
Athens, OH 45701
Averell Overby, Director
The School of Physical Therapy offers an entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy, leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The professional program begins in June and extends over a three-calendar-year period. A baccalaureate degree, completion of prerequisites, and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required for admission to the program.
The problem-solving curriculum is designed to prepare competent health care professionals, who will be able to employ critical decision-making skills for optimal patient care. Evidence-based practice is stressed throughout the curriculum, as students critically analyze current literature related to physical therapy. Clinical experience is integrated with the didactic and laboratory components throughout the program of study.
Eligibility to Apply
Students should consult the Web page (http://www .ohio.edu/phystherapy/) for the most up-to-date information.
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for June admission to the School of Physical Therapy’s graduate program:
- Earned a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Completed at least eight of the 12 Life and Physical Sciences prerequisite courses by the end of the fall quarter in which you apply. You must complete the remainder of the math, behavioral, and life/physical science prerequisites before beginning study in the program.
- Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Taken the GRE.
- Have acceptable letters of reference from two (2) physical therapists and one (1) educator.
Minimum Prerequisite Course Requirements*
PSY 221 Statistics for Beh. Sciences Credit Hours: 5
PSY 273 Child and Adolescent Psy. Credit Hours: 4
MATH 163A Calculus Credit Hours: 4
Life and Physical Sciences**
BIOS 170 Intro. to Zoology Credit Hours: 5
BIOS 171 Intro. to Zoology Credit Hours: 5
BIOS 301A and 301B Human Anatomy and Hum. Anatomy Lab Credit Hours: 3+2
or BIOS 303 Comp. Vertebrate Anatomy Credit Hours: 6
BIOS 345. 346 Human Physiology Credit Hours: 7
BIOS 445, 446 Exercise Physiology Credit Hours: 7
or PESS 414, 415 Exercise Physiology Credit Hours: 7
CHEM 121, 122, 123 Prin. of Chemistry Credit Hours: 12
or CHEM 151, 152, 153 Fund. of Chemistry Credit Hours: 15
PHYS 201, 202, 203 Physics Credit Hours: 15
TOTAL 69-73 quarter hours
*All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.
**All life and physical science courses must include a laboratory component. You must have a total of 20 quarter hours (14 semester hours) at or above the junior (300) level in the anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology lecture and lab courses.
The Physical Therapy program is at the graduate level and is described in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog.