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 in the field of movement and health.

What You'll Study

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a professional program to prepare the next generation of physical therapists. Consistent with the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the three-year program admits on a competitive basis.

Study under quality faculty and with fellow students who are driven and accomplished in their undergraduate careers. Many courses are team-taught by faculty in a case-based approach that helps you keep clinical practice in mind. Most importantly, you're treated as an individual in the program, 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), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; 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:  100%
    Exam Pass Rate:  98%
    Employment Rate:  95%

Internships and Jobs

  • Mercy Health — St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Salem Regional Medical Center
  •  Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
  •  Cleveland Clinic
  •  Alliance Community Hospital

  •  Silverio Physical Therapy
  •  Valleycare/Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital
  •  Texas Physical Therapy Specialists
  •  University Hospitals of Cleveland
  •  Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute

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