Q. How would you describe the program?
A. The YSU-DPT is an 8-semester (2.5 years) full-time entry-level Doctoral program. Each admitted class begins in Summer and completes all courses together in a cohort group of 45 students. There is an integrated clinical experience and 2 full-time clinical experiences completed during the program, which affords students an opportunity to work with clinicians in a variety of settings.

Q. What degree is granted?
Currently graduates are granted the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Note that all graduates after 2002 must be granted a post-baccalaureate degree and therefore no accredited undergraduate programs will exist.

Q. Is the program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)?
A. Yes, the DPT program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.

Q. When do I need to have my undergraduate degree completed?
Students need to have graduated with an undergraduate degree prior to the start of the YSU Physical Therapy program (summer semester, third week of May).

Q. If I already have a completed undergraduate degree, may I apply?
Yes, applicants with earned undergraduate degrees may apply but must have fulfilled the same prerequisites for admission. In addition, the entire three-year professional program must still be completed because it consists of professional courses not completed by admitted students.

Q. If I have experience in a related health field or profession, can I 'test-out' of PT course?
No, all courses are required to complete the first professional degree as a physical therapist.

Q. Can I attend part-time and complete the program in a longer period?
No, the full-time program is taught to a cohort group of students and courses are completed in a carefully sequenced manner to prepare for final clinical experiences.

Q. What degrees are offered at YSU that include many of the PT program prerequisite courses (Pre-PT)?
Some students complete undergraduate degrees in Biology (College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or Psychology (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) or they choose to complete the Human Performance and Exercise Science degree (in the College of Health and Human Services).

Q. Does it matter which Pre-PT degree I choose?
No, any undergraduate degree may be completed. In fact, majors other than those listed above are equally appropriate. The only difficulty in choosing other majors is that completion of PT prerequisites must be carefully planned or may postpone the student's ability to complete the undergraduate degree in a timely manner.

Q. What are the requirements to apply?
Please visit the Admissions page for program requirements.

Q. Does completion of requirements guarantee admission?
No, applicants are ranked by scores on GPA, prerequisite GPA, GRE scores, and residency status. The competitiveness for admission depends, therefore, on the applicant pool.

Q. Do you have to have a high GPA to be admitted?
While a 3.2 GPA is considered minimum for application, the average GPA of recent classes has been over 3.7. Many students are discouraged from considering PT school based on such information but should recall that this is only an average and reflects scores both higher and lower.

Q. If I have taken courses elsewhere, will they be accepted?
Prerequisites from other institutions are evaluated by the admissions committee. If you are considering a course elsewhere, it is best to check that the course number (level) and content match the YSU equivalent as closely as possible. When taking Chemistry, you must take the general chemistry course that is required for science majors at your institution. For Physics, choose the general algebra-based physics for science majors at your institution. You should NOT take courses that are intended for non-science majors.

Q. What is the average tuition cost?
Please visit the Curriculum & Tuition page for the tuition information.

Q. Where can I get additional information on the YSU-DPT?
Contact the department at 330.941.2558.