The Ohio State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at The Ohio State University




The Ohio State University (A4, D5, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 01/29/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Division
The Ohio State University
516 Atwell Hall
453 W. Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone:   (614)292-5921
Fax:   (614)292-0210
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Deborah Givens Heiss, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS
Interim Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, June 1956 (no longer offered) Master's degree, November 2000 DPT degree, September 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy; Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students)
The DPT program at OSU is a case-based program, which integrates traditional teaching methods with extensive active-learning activities. Students enroll and pay fees for thirteen consecutive quarters (ten full-time, and three part-time). Quarters are 10 weeks each plus 1 week of exams. The program is a 4 + 3.25 format, with students entering after completion of a baccalaureate degree in a field of their choice. The professional curriculum begins in June and concludes with graduation in August 3.25 years later. All students complete 40 weeks of clinical experiences, which includes two 4-week clinical affiliations (40 hours/week each) embedded in the first two years of the didactic program; three 8-week clinical affiliations (40 hours/week) at the end of the second year, and one 8-week (40 hours/week) specialized clinical at the end of the third year. Students average 20-25 hours per week in class during the didcactic quarters with classes scheduled Monday - Thursday. Nine full-time and three part-time faculty are responsible for designing, revising and implementing the professional portion of the curriculum. Additional details, including prerequisites and the curriculum, are available on the OSU web page: . Opportunity exists for select individuals to pursue a combined DPT/PhD program with the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD, which requires additional coursework and research experience. For more information about the PhD program see
Students participate in patient demonstrations and observations in each quarter of the curriculum. Two 4-week, full-time clinical experiences are performed during the first spring (orthopedic emphasis) and second winter (neurologic emphasis, including adult, geriatric or pediatric) quarters of the didactic program. Three 8-week clinical experiences are completed at the end of year 2, during the summer and autumn quarters, in traditional and non-traditional sites throughout the United States; and one 8-week clinical with a focus on research, specialization, or independent practice is completed at the end of the third year. Part-time tuition is paid during the final clinical experiences. Students are responsible for all costs associated with clinical education experiences.
There are nine full-time and three part-time faculty members. All nine of the full-time faculty and one part-time faculty member hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Four of the twelve are certified as clinical specialists, and four are engaged in clinical practice. In the last 2 years the faculty had 29 publications, 25 new or ongoing research grants (10 grants as Principal Investigator; 15 as co-investigators) and received over $5 million in grant funds, most from the National Institutes of Health. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:6
The university accepts 50,000 students of diverse backgrounds, ages, cultures and gender. The physical therapy program admits up to 40 students each year from a pool of approximately 150 applicants.
Prerequisites for admission to the Physical Therapy Division include a two-course sequence in chemistry and physics and one course in statistics, research design, physiology, exercise physiology, anatomy, biology, general psychology, human growth and development, and medical terminology. All sciences should be those for science majors. Applicants must complete 40 volunteer hours with a physical therapist prior to their application. The grade point average of previous classes has been approximately 3.6. Application instructions are on the program’s webpage at Graduate school application must be made online at Applications must be filed between July 1 and September 15. Students are admitted to the program in June. Approximately 30% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program.
Ninety-eight percent of admitted students graduate from the program. The overall pass rate for graduates who have elected to take the licensure exam is 98.25 (3 year average for 114 between 2002-2004)
Tuition for the 2006-2007 academic year is approximately $11,992 per year for residents and $27,836 per year for nonresidents. Room and board should be approximately $7,000 per year. Health insurance and parking fees are additional. Approximately 50% of the students receive some type of financial aid. Information is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
The University is located in Columbus, population of approximately 600,000 in the city and 1.5 million in Franklin County, is approximately 1.5 miles from downtown. An airport and multiple major medical and educational facilities are within a 30-minute drive of the campus. The University offers on- and off-campus housing. Public transportation is accessible and limited automobile access and parking are permitted. Major intercollegiate athletics, extensive intramural athletics and music, theater, and other fine arts activities are available to students.