Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Fast Facts

Why choose The University of Toledo?

  • A full-time accredited eight semester program that includes 36 weeks of clinical education
  • Interprofessional Education over several semesters composed of students from across many health professions programs
  • Our curriculum is focused on hands-on skill training through on-campus laboratory experiences and immersive simulation training   

What are the minimum requirements and general prerequisites?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.00
  • Prerequisites include:
    • One (1) course in each of the following:
      • Human Anatomy with lab
      • Human Physiology with lab
      • Or a two course sequence of Human A&P
      • 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 a current 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 shadowing required.

What is the application process?

The University of Toledo participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS).  Please use their website to apply to our program: 

What is the application timeline?

The deadline for DPT program PTCAS applications is early October prior to the year of anticipated matriculation into the Program (summer enrollment only).  We have a summer start date in May.

NOTE:   The deadline to apply to UToledo’s DPT Program is early October through PTCAS.  Thus, seven out of the ten prerequisite courses MUST be completed at the time of application BEFORE fall semester. 

What are the features of a successful candidate?

The composite of the candidates gaining admission into the PT Program at UToledo includes:

  • Strong GPA in core science coursework
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of the discipline of physical therapy & the issues facing the PT profession
  • Evidence of being a self-directed learner

Websites of interest:

UToledo Physical Therapy Program

UToledo DPT Program E-mail

UToledo College of Health and Human Services

UToledo Student Life

The American Physical Therapy Association

Last Updated: 3/20/23