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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physical therapy student examines X-ray with patient


Physical therapy is an allied health profession that promotes optimal health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged dysfunctions.

The goal of physical therapy is to help individuals reach their maximum potential and to contribute to society while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities. To practice as a registered (or licensed) physical therapist, an individual must be a graduate of an accredited program and pass a state licensure examination.

Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website: .

We encourage all prospective applicants to attend one of our DPT Open Houses where they will tour our facility, meet current DPT students and faculty, and receive additional information on our DPT program. 

Student Outcomes

The DPT Class of 2015 and 2016 had graduation rates of 92% and 90%, respectively.

The class of 2016 achieved 100% initial pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). This is the third year in a row UC DPT had 100% initial pass rate! The national average for this time period is 91.9%. The 3 year mean scale score of UC DPT graduates on the NPTE was 700 and the national mean scale score was 677. 

Graduates from our program are highly sought employees and many have multiple job offers prior to graduation. All of our students (2014-2016) who sought employment in the field were employed within one to six months of graduation. Informal data shows that students are typically employed within one month of graduation pending their passing of the licensure examination.  

Physical Therapy student works with the skeleton in the lab

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670394
French East Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7477
Fax: 513-558-7474


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