Application Requirements



To be eligible for admission to the Division of Physical Therapy, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. The average GPA of recent classes has been approximately 3.6 to 3.7.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the prerequisite courses. GPA is calculated at the time of submission of the application. (see "Prerequisite Course Information" below).
  • No prerequisite class with a grade lower than a C will be accepted (note: a C- is not accepted). All prerequisites must be completed at a US regionally accredited institution.
  • You must have completed approximately two-thirds of the prerequisites by the end of the semester in which you apply. The remainder of the prerequisites must be completed during the winter and spring quarter/semesters following submission of your application. The OHIO DPT program begins at the start of the summer term, and all prerequisites must be completed before the start of classes. See our list of prerequisite courses.
  • While OHIO strongly encourages students to accept a letter grade for courses during the Spring 2020 term, we understand that this may not be an option for some applicants. As such, OHIO will accept all Satisfactory or Passing scores for prerequisites during Spring 2020 term only.
  • While observation hours are not required for application, OHIO recommends applicants complete 40 observation hours across at least 2 different settings.
  • The GRE is no longer required for application to Ohio University.
  • Non-native speakers of English must submit official results of one of two standardized tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as part of the application packet. English language proficiency scores older than two years are not accepted. Minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores can be found on OHIO Graduate College website.  
  • Two letters of recommendation: Letters can be from a professor, employer, physical therapist, etc. One reference should comment on applicant's academic abilities, such as intellectual promise, quality of writing, creative thought and productive discussion, while the other should address applicant's strength of character, with emphasis on degree of maturity, leadership, integrity, initiative, discipline and concern for others.

Selection Criteria for Admission

The admissions committee may consider the following items in selecting applicants:

  1. Overall GPA
  2. Prerequisite GPA
  3. References and letters of recommendation
  4. Extracurricular and service activities
  5. Strength of academic preparation
  6. Relevant life experience
  7. Personal essay
  8. Preview Day interview

Average (Range)

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Cumulative GPA

3.78 (3.31 to 4)

3.79 (3.33 to 3.99)

3.75 (3.34 to 4)


3.75 (3.43 to 4)

3.76 (3.38 to 4)

3.71 (3.25 to 4)

In State Sudents




Out of State Students




Prerequisite Course Information

If you have a question about a specific prerequisite after reading our prerequisite requirements on both the OHIO Physical Therapy website, as well as on PTCAS, please contact us at

Please include the following information:

  1. The prerequisite you wish to fulfill, example: Development Psychology.
  2. State the course prefix and number of the course you wish to use (e.g., Psych 120).
  3. State the number of credit hours.
  4. State whether the hours are quarter hours or semester hours.
  5. State the institution offering the course.
  6. Enter the course's catalog description.