Admissions Information

Application Overview
The DPT program at Youngstown State University uses the centralized application service, PTCAS.  To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS website.
Students must also complete a supplemental application to the YSU College of Graduate Studies.

Firm deadline for admission in 2021:  October 1, 2020


COVID-19 DPT Application Information
Please note the changes outlined below are only applicable for the 2020-21 application cycle for admission to the program in Summer 2021.

 Observation Hours

  If you are unable to complete your observation hours prior to the application due date, you can list planned hours on your application.  You need to have 40 hours accounted for on your application (either planned or completed).  If some of the hours submitted are planned hours, you'll need to complete them prior to our start date in May.  If this completion is prohibited due to limitations of availability because of COVID -19, we will be flexible with this criterion.  

 GRE Testing

  We will continue to require the GRE.  The scores must be on your PTCAS application (code: 0314) by the application due date.  We will accept the GRE completed through the GRE at-home option, in addition to the traditional option.

 Pass/Satisfactory Credits

  We strongly recommend that applicants choose the option to receive a traditional letter grade when given the choice.  However, pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory credits will be accepted.  


  We require 3 references be included on your PTCAS application at the time of submission. While a physical therapist reference is usually required, we realize applicants may be unable to complete observation hours due to COVID-19 and therefore, are unable to secure a physical therapist reference. If you are unable to secure a reference from a physical therapist, you may use 2 academic references and 1 employer reference or 3 academic references.

Application Instructions

  1. Submit the PTCAS application between July 1, 2020, and October 1, 2020.
  2. Please note that PTCAS will open on June 17, 2020 for applicants to create an account and start the application process, but you will not be able to submit your application until July 1, 2020.
  3. Complete an application to the YSU College of Graduate Studies between July 1, 2020, and October 1, 2020.

Note:  Please do not send transcripts to YSU at the time you complete the Graduate Studies application.  You will be notified when transcripts need to be sent to YSU.   During the application process, transcripts are only required to be sent to PTCAS.

The following materials will be required through the PTCAS application:

  • References (3 total - 1 Physical Therapist; 1 Faculty; 1 additional Physical Therapist/Faculty or Employer)
  • Documentation of 40 observation hours under the direct supervision of a physical therapist(s) in a physical therapy setting (recommended that hours be completed in at least two sites)
  • GRE scores must be submitted to the program’s PTCAS GRE code 0314 (NOT the general university’s GRE code)
  • Transcripts from all schools attended


  • Receipt of completed PTCAS application and YSU College of Graduate Studies application by specified deadline.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses.  A minimum of 6 courses completed prior to applying.  All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree, and all prerequisite courses, prior to starting the program.   
  • A recommended GRE score of 295 on Part I and 4.0 on Part II.
  • Submission of references and observation hours as stated above. 

The selection/admissions process is competitive; meeting eligibility criteria to apply does not assure admission into the program.  The admissions process is subject to change based on admissions committee decisions; applicants should carefully review the application materials.

Criminal Record

State Licensure:
A criminal record may prohibit you from being able to practice as a PT in the State of Ohio.  To obtain a license in the State of Ohio, you must pass a background check after graduation and prior to taking your national licensure exam.  YSU cannot advise you regarding whether you will or will not be allowed to be licensed in the State of Ohio or any other state.  Questions regarding those offenses that would prohibit licensure in the State of Ohio must be directed to the State of Ohio OT/PT/AT Licensure Board (

Clinical Education:
If you possess a criminal record, the YSU DPT program cannot guarantee clinical education placements. Clinical education is a requirement of the program for graduation.  Many clinical sites now require background checks.  Depending on the criminal offense sites may not allow you to participate in clinical education at their facilities.  YSU cannot determine which offenses will be deemed unacceptable to a clinical facility.