Physical Therapy DPT

Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers an integrated, case-based approach to learning, community service and research that prepares you to become a professional physical therapist. 

What You'll Study

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a professional program to prepare the next generation of physical therapists. We provide unique academic experiences to create physical therapist committed to collaboration, diversity and service.

Come study under quality faculty with fellow students in team-taught courses using a case-based approach that helps you apply your knowledge toward clinical practice. Most importantly, you're treated as an individual, with professors who understand and work with your specific needs, questions and goals.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Youngstown State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; CAPTE Website. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 330-941-2558 or email


The Physical Therapy Department at Youngstown State University will provide the entry-level doctorate in physical therapy degree (DPT), selected doctoral programs and opportunities for professional development.  We will be recognized locally and statewide as a high quality program that prepares students to be autonomous professionals, leaders, good citizens and potential scholars.  We will be recognized for excellent academic preparation of students, utilizing an integrated case-based approach to learning, and for outstanding community service and research.


  • Physical Therapy DPT

    There are four areas of program requirements that students complete to earn the DPT:

    • Professional coursework
    • Professional conduct
    • Clinical affiliations
    • Critical inquiry project

    Course Listing

Student Outcomes

This information reflects the most recent 2 years and is important to consider when choosing a Physical Therapy program.  These measures indicate student success.     

Graduation Rate: 95%
Exam Pass rate: 86.2%
Employment  Rate: 95%

Ultimate Exam Pass rate: 96.6%

Internships and Jobs


  • Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Steward Health - Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Trumbull Memorial Hospital
  • Akron Children's Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Wexford Medical Center
  • Tri-County Physical Therapy Institute

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  • Steward Health
  • Texas Physical Therapy Specialists
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Akron Children's Hospital
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Summa Health System - Akron
  • Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Hospital

One More Thing

I have appreciated the variety of opportunities the DPT program at YSU has afforded me and my fellow students, from faculty who encourage and support us to opportunities to attend conferences in our field. I've had numerous chances to network and learn from community PTs, and I've had professors who have offered extra assistance when needed and fostered our participation in advocacy for our profession and for patients. I am also proud to have been involved with my class in helping to start up Penguin PT, our free physical therapy clinic within the Midlothian Free Health Clinic, where we're able to gain real-life experience in practicing and developing our physical therapy skills while serving the community."

Jen Jablonski, DPT Class of 2017