Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Admissions Information

Application to the UToledo Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program occurs once per year. Applications must be made through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). PTCAS application becomes available in early June. ALL materials must be submitted to and be received by PTCAS on or before October 3, 2022 at 11:59 PM. This is a FIRM deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that individuals submitting letters of recommendation and educational institutions submit transcripts do so by the deadline.

The UToledo DPT program typically receives over 300 applications per admissions cycle. Approximately 120 applicants are invited to an interview. The interview is an opportunity for applicants to meet faculty and current students as well as tour both the UToledo main and Health Science campuses. An overview of the curriculum, student physical therapy organization (SPTO) activities, financial aid and scholarship information will also be covered.

  • Please note that the DPT program begins in Summer Session III (May–August). A delayed start or part-time attendance is not an option for the University of Toledo DPT program.

  • View The University of Toledo academic calendar for specific semester beginning and ending dates. 

APPLICAtion Requirements 

NOTE: The GRE is not required for the DPT application process.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    • Note:  It is not required that the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree at the time of application to the program, but it must be earned before the student can begin the DPT program the following summer.
    • Note: It is not necessary to earn an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a Pre-PT concentration. Although it may be more efficient to earn a degree that requires most, if not all of the program prerequisite courses, but it is not necessary. Therefore, consider earning an undergraduate degree in something that is of interest to you and/or that will provide you with employment opportunities or other graduate school options in the event you do not attend a physical therapy program. If you are interested in specializing in sports physical therapy after graduating from a DPT program, it may be advantageous to pursue an undergraduate degree in athletic training.
  • Preference will be given to those who complete the majority of their coursework at and earn their bachelor degree from The University of Toledo and to those who have taken honors courses.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.30.
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation:
    • One letter must be from a physical therapist
    • One letter from a professor if you are currently a student, or from an employer if you are not currently a student
    • One letter from someone who is not a family member
    • Note: If more than 3 letters of recommendation are submitted only the first 3 meeting the requirement will be considered.
  • Group interview
  • Knowledge of the physical therapy profession
    • Observation, or shadowing, of a physical therapist is highly recommended to obtain knowledge of the profession; however, there is not a minimum number of observation hours required.
Note: It is not required that the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree at the time of application to the program, but it must be earned before the student can begin the DPT program the following summer.

prerequisite requirements

Equivalency determination of prerequisite courses


Admissions Process

The University of Toledo participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The PTCAS application typically becomes available in early July preceding the upcoming admissions cycle. Please refer to the following guidelines when applying to The University of Toledo DPT program:

  • Thoroughly read all of the instructions on the PTCAS website. Please use the forms they provide for requesting and submitting transcripts and letters of recommendation. Do NOT send anything directly to The University of Toledo.
  • You MUST submit an application fee of $45 domestic/$75 international via this link: Submit your UToledo Graduate Admission fee  by October 3, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.
  • The submission deadline for the PTCAS application and ALL supporting documentation which includes letters of recommendation and all transcripts must be completed by October 3, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.


Last Updated: 4/29/22