Doctor of Physical Therapy

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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.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides graduates the education they need in order to take the board exam to become licensed physical therapists.

UC's Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides you with the education you need to sit for the board licensing exam. Once you graduate and pass the board exam, and any state laws and rules exam that is required, you are eligible to work as a licensed physical therapist.

Physical therapists practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private offices that have specially equipped facilities. They provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems, including but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular & pulmonary conditions (heart attack, cystic fibrosis, bypass surgery)
  • Integumentary conditions (wounds, burns)
  • Neurological conditions (cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke)
  • Orthopedic conditions (sprains, fractures, sports injuries, amputations, back and neck pain).

The Surgeon General recently urged physicians to battle against opioid addiction. Physical therapy is recommended as a first-line approach.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, and believes that job opportunities for licensed PT's will be good in all practice settings. Forbes ranked physical therapists as having 1 of "The Ten Happiest Jobs" according to articles published in 2013.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Doctor of Physical Therapy students are able to join The Physical Therapy Student Organization,  a social and service organization. 

Please visit Admissions Requirements to view our prerequisites and other program requirements. 

There a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available to Doctor of Physical Therapy students: 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

The program's curriculum is designed to prepare graduates who will be effective entry-level and contemporary practitioners of physical therapy in a wide variety of clinical settings. The program incorporates traditional classwork, research, and clinical experiences. There are some courses which will involve lecture, course related field trips and observations at off campus sites.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Program outcomes over the past 3 years (2015-2017)
Year 2015 2016 2017
Graduation Rate 96% 90% 96.5%
Initial Pass Rate 100% 100% 96.3%

The three year average initial pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam 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 National Physical Therapy Exam for the Doctor of Physical Therapy 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.

Prerequisite Coursework
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Tuition & Fees

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program participates in the Metro and Reciprocity tuition programs.

Accreditation 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If you are needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 513-558-7477 or email rensdepartment@uc.edu. 

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Ashley Sandburg

Program Coordinator , Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3202 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

(513) 558-7477