Doctor of Physical Therapy Traditional Program

Goals of the Traditional Physical Therapy Program

Upon completion of the Traditional Physical Therapy program at The University of Findlay, the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Integrate theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills in order to engage in the autonomous practice of physical therapy at the entry level.
  2. Work as a generalist practitioner with the ability to practice in a variety of settings, geographical locations and roles.
  3. Engage in self-motivated, lifelong learning.
  4. Exhibit professional behaviors that include ethical conduct, professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, safe performance, self-development and effective communication.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the value of service to the profession and to the community.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of individual and cultural differences and psychosocial factors, which may affect human function and quality of life across the lifespan.
  7. Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills in clinical practice and research. 

Admission Requirements of the Traditional Physical Therapy Program

There are three options for admission into the DPT program: early assurance; junior admit; or transfer admit.

The early assurance option is available to those high school seniors who meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; and
  2. 26 or higher on the ACT or 1760 or higher on the SAT.

The early assurance applicants will be required to apply to The University of Findlay. Then upon acceptance and if the above criteria are met, applicants will be given access to a separate supplemental early assurance option application. The second application allows the high school student to provide the reviewers with information on their involvement in extra-curricular activities including service as well as performance in other areas pertinent to granting an invitation for admission to the professional phase of the program as a freshman.

Prior to admission into the professional program during the student’s fourth year, the early assurance students must have completed all of the University CORE+ general education requirements and all program prerequisites. Please see Math/Science Prerequisites and Remaining Prerequisites listed under the “junior admit option” below. Early assurance students must also meet the criteria listed below as “For all applicants.” Specifically, they must

  1. Maintain a minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0 every semester, and a minimum Math/Science Prerequisites GPA of 3.0 by the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
  2. Must complete 40 hours of observation in two different types of clinical settings in physical therapy by the time of application to the PT program. One setting must be an acute care hospital, rehabilitation/subacute rehabilitation facility, or extended care facilities/nursing home/skilled nursing facility. The second setting is the student's setting of choice. A minimum of 20 hours is required at each clinical site.
  3. Submit official transcripts, which can be found in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency (i.e., Centralized Application Service application), of all college-level work if courses were taken elsewhere.
  4. Complete the GRE with scores reported to The University of Findlay.
  5. Declare and complete a minor prior to entering the DPT program or declare a dual major and complete all undergraduate requirements prior to entering the DPT program.

The junior admit option is available to the students who have completed three years of undergraduate work at The University of Findlay. Six of the following Math/Science Prerequisites, not including labs, should be completed before making application to the program (these courses are used to calculate the math/science GPA during the admissions process). A minor or dual major must be declared and all undergraduate requirements completed prior to entering the DPT program.

Math/Science Prerequisites:

BIOL 222Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I

3

and

BIOL 222LAnatomy and Physiology for Health Professions I Lab

1

or

BIOL 322Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

and

BIOL 322LHuman Anatomy & Physiology/Lab

1

 

BIOL 223Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions II

3

and

BIOL 223LAnatomy and Physiology for Health Professions II Lab

1

or

BIOL 323Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

and

BIOL 323LHuman Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab

1

CHEM 130General Chemistry I/Lecture

3

CHEM 130LGeneral Chemistry I/Lab

1

CHEM 131General Chemistry II/Lecture

3

CHEM 131LGeneral Chemistry II/Lab

1

HPE 308Physiology of Exercise

3

HPE 336Kinesiology/Biomechanics

3

 

MATH 123Elementary Statistics

3

or

MATH 221Integrated Statistical Analysis

4

or

MATH 223Applied Statistics and Data Analysis

3

 

PHYS 250General Physics I/Lecture

3

PHYS 250LGeneral Physics I/Lab

1

PHYS 251General Physics II/Lecture

3

PHYS 251LGeneral Physics II/Lab

1


Prior to admission into the professional program, the junior admit applicants must have completed all of the University CORE+ general education requirements and the following prerequisites:

HEPR 150Introduction to Health Professions

1

HEPR 220Medical Terminology

3

HPE 100Wellness: Strategies for Life

2

 

MATH 139Trigonometry

3

or

MATH 140Precalculus

4

 

PSYC 100General Psychology

3

PSYC 208Lifespan Development

3

PSYC 233Abnormal Psychology

3

Descriptions of these courses can be found in The University of Findlay undergraduate catalog. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.

For UF students with a previous baccalaureate degree, HEPR 150, HPE 100, and the general education requirements are waived.

The transfer admit option is available to the students who are not enrolled at The University of Findlay at the time of application. Transfer admit applicants are able to apply during the fall of their senior (4th) year and must have a bachelor’s degree from a UF approved regionally accredited institution completed prior to entering the DPT program.

Furthermore, transfer admit applicants must complete all of the above listed prerequisites (Math/Science Prerequisites and Remaining Prerequisites listed under the “junior admit option”) prior to enrollment in the professional curriculum with the exception of HEPR 150, HPE 100, and the general education requirements.

For ALL applicants, the following admission criteria must be met prior to entering the professional phase of the program:

  1. Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum Math/Science Prerequisites GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must complete 40 hours of observation in two different types of clinical settings in physical therapy by the time of application to the DPT program. One setting must be in an acute care hospital, rehabilitation/subacute rehabilitation facility, or extended care facility/nursing home/skilled nursing facility. The second setting is the student's setting of choice. A minimum of 20 hours is required at each clinical site.
  3. Complete the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS) which includes Traditional program supplemental application materials (UF junior-level and transfer applicants, only). PTCAS and the supplemental application include letters of recommendations as well as descriptions of experiences in the field, community and campus used to determine the student’s admission to the professional phase of the program.
  4. Submit official transcripts, which can be found in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency (i.e., Centralized Application Service application), of all college-level work (UF students who have taken courses elsewhere and transfer applicants, only).
  5. Complete the GRE with scores reported to PTCAS.
  6. Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
    1. Have a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 89 with 26 or better in speaking and 24 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying an IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
    2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

The Traditional Physical Therapy Program

In the Traditional Physical Therapy program, students take three years of prerequisites, then three years of professional study, for a total of six years. At the end of the fourth year, students receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in exercise science for health professions. After successful completion of the sixth year, students receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The requirements for the major in exercise science for health professions can be seen in the Department of Health and Human Performance.

 

Degree Requirements of the Traditional Physical Therapy Program

 

The Traditional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) requirements include:

PHTH 505Professional Issues

3

PHTH 507Management in a Changing Health-Care Environment

3

PHTH 520Research I

2

PHTH 522Research II

2

PHTH 526Psychosocial Factors in Disability

2

PHTH 536Principles of Therapeutic Exercise I

1.5

PHTH 537Principles of Therapeutic Exercise II

1.5

PHTH 543Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice

3

PHTH 545Lifespan Development and Physical Therapy

3

PHTH 547Applied Physiology

3

PHTH 549Pharmacology

2

PHTH 551Elements of Physical Therapy Practice I

3

PHTH 557Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

4

PHTH 559Clinical Medicine I

3

PHTH 561Elements of Physical Therapy Practice II

3

PHTH 563Foundations in Neuroscience

5

PHTH 564Anatomy I

3

PHTH 565Anatomy II

3

PHTH 573Education in Physical Therapy

2

PHTH 579Clinical Medicine II

2

PHTH 581Elements of Physical Therapy Practice III

2

PHTH 640Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

3

PHTH 641Musculoskeletal System I

2

PHTH 643Motor Control

2

PHTH 647Clinical Education IA

1.5

PHTH 649Clinical Education IB

2

PHTH 661Musculoskeletal System II

5

PHTH 667Neuromuscular System I

4

PHTH 668Clinical Education II

4

PHTH 669Agents and Modalities

3

PHTH 671Integumentary

2

PHTH 677Community Health Experience

2

PHTH 685Orthotics and Prosthetics

2

PHTH 687Health Care Systems

2

PHTH 721Musculoskeletal System III

2

PHTH 723Medical Diagnostics

2

PHTH 727Neuromuscular System II

4

PHTH 728Clinical Education III

4

PHTH 731Physical Therapy Seminar

1

PHTH 735Rehabilitation Technology

2

 

PHTH 739Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

3

or

PHTH 740Selected Topics in Physical Therapy with Lab

3

 

PHTH 746Clinical Education IV

5

 

PHTH 616Faculty-Directed Research I

1

PHTH 636Faculty-Directed Research II

1

and

PHTH 656Faculty-Directed Research III

1

or

PHTH 628Case Report I

1

PHTH 648Case Report II

1

and

PHTH 658Case Report III

1

No more than two courses with a grade of "C+" or "C" can be used to meet graduation requirements.

The Physical Therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without giving prior notice.