Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In regards to the option/requirement for a move to Pass/Fail grading, we have developed a set of guidelines for admissions.  

  • We will consider pass grades as we do AP credit – we accept the grade as “pre-requisite met”, but we will not include the grade for GPA calculations.
  • We will consider Fail grades as “pre-requisite not met” – this grade counts as a “0” in GPA calculations.
  • No more than 50% of science pre-requisites can be a grade of “P”. (Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2, Biology 1 & 2, Chemistry 1 &2, Physics 1 & 2).
  • You will still need to have a GPA of 3.0 for pre-requisites (science and non-science counted separately).

Due to COVID-19 an adjustment has been made to the observation hours requirement for the 2020/21 application cycle.  For this cycle the program will not make a distinction between outpatient and inpatient hours. Additionally, applicants will only need to have half of the hours completed by time they submit their application – giving them more time to complete this requirement. Applicants must complete 25 observation hours prior to October 1, 2020 and complete an additional 25 observation hours prior to April 1, 2021.  Applicants who do not complete the total 50 observation hours by April 1, 2021 will have their admission decision rescinded.

While we are not able to offer early decision to applicants during our standard admission period, we do have two early admission programs.  

This pathway is for qualified high school seniors interested in pursuing a UC undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (HLSC) in the College of Allied Health Sciences and then continuing on to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Cincinnati. 

This pathway is for UC College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) students majoring in Health Sciences. In order to qualify for this pathway, students must be a Health Science major from the beginning of their academic career as an entering, 1st year, 1st semester freshman. These students will have the option of applying to the UC DPT graduate program during the second term of their junior year.

Please visit to determine if your classes are equivalent to the required UC courses. If you still have questions, please send a copy of your transcripts to Transcripts must include course codes, term information, and University/College name.

Applicants may not have more than two (2) core science courses and two (2) non-science courses incomplete when they apply. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the program start date.

Yes, students will be sent an automated email from the UC Graduate School asking them to set up their password and pay a $65 fee after they have submitted their Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) fee and application.

Test Scores should be sent directly to Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service #7605. Scores sent to the University code (1833) cannot be reviewed in PTCAS.

Transcripts must be sent directly to Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service

All observation hours must be completed before submitting your application through Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. The last date to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is September 15th, annually.

Yes. If offered, applicants confirm acceptance by submitting an admission deposit of $500 to the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences.

No, the program does not conduct interviews.

The applications are carefully reviewed. You will be notified via email that is listed in Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service PTCAS) beginning in December through May. All applicants will be notified of their admissions status by the UC graduate school.

There are four clinical rotations, approx. 41 weeks total of clinical education

We have clinical sites all over the 48 contiguous states, and we are growing internationally, as well.

As a three year program that is nine semesters long that starts in the Summer semester, the clinical rotations occur in the 4th, 7th, 8th & 9th semesters for each class.

Inpatient, outpatient, and chronic care experiences are required by the program. Experiences in all four practice patterns will occur - musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, and cardiopulmonary.

This is a team effort that begins with the student. After the student selects their top choices for each rotation, the faculty may also provide input to where they feel the student will be most successful. The final decision is made by the Director of Clinical Education.

It is solely the student's responsibility to arrange for transportation, room and/or board for each clinical assignment. The University, faculty and Clinical Sites have no responsibility for providing transportation, room and/or board for clinical assignments.

Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD
Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA
Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, OH (Ranked 3rd in the Nation)
Fondazione F Turati in Gavinana, Italy (Eduglobal Associates)

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Ben Just, PT, MPT

Admissions Chair and Instructor, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Ave