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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: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 513-558-7477 or email

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

Graduation rates for the past 3 years (2015-2017) are as follows:

2015 - 96%
2016 - 90%
2017 - 96.5% 

Initial pass rates for the past three years are as follows:

DPT 2017 - 96.3%
DPT 2016 - 100%
DPT 2015 - 100%

The three year average initial pass rate on the NPTE for 2015-2017 for UC is 98.766 and the national average initial pass rate for this time period is 92.5%.  The average mean scale score on the NPTE for the DPT class of 2017 is 715 and the national average is 680.5.  The 3 year average mean scale score for UC is 710.966 and the national average is 678.933. 

All of our students (2015-2017) 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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