University of Cincinnati

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Cincinnati




University of Cincinnati (A1, A4, D5, E5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 10/01/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
College of Allied Health Sciences
University of Cincinnati
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone:   (513)558-7477
Fax:   (513)558-7474
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (513)558-7477
Financial Aid Phone:   (513)556-6982
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Lizanne Mulligan, PT, PhD, PCS
PT 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, April 1997 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1999
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The University of Cincinnati offers a Master of Physical Therapy through the College of Allied Health Sciences.
There are four full-time clinical experiences. The first is 8 weeks in the summer following completion of the first year. The second occurs in the late spring of the second year. The third and fourth occur after completion of all course work. The PT Program has over 160 sites throughout the country.
There are eight full-time and one part-time faculty members. Of the faculty, 55% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, five are certified as clinical specialists and three are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged two publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is a maximum of 1:6.
The University of Cincinnati has a total enrollment of approximately 33,000 students. The physical therapy program accepts a maximum of 24 students.
Competitive. Completion of the following requirements is necessary for consideration for admission into the physical therapist program but does not guarantee admission into the program. To be eligible for admission into the physical therapy program the following requirements must be met: 1) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum overall GPA of 3.0; 2) Academic coursework: one year of Freshman English (English 101, 102, 103); one year of Chemistry with Lab; one year of College Biology with Lab; one year of College Physics with Lab; one year of Human Anatomy and Physiology; two three credit hour psychology courses; one three credit hour statistics course; and one three or four credit hour exercise physiology course. (Please note: The above specific courses are listed in quarter hours and are REQUIRED. If an applicant is currently attending a college that does not offer these courses, it is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange to take the required courses at another college. Questions regarding prerequisite course work can be directed to the College’s Academic Advisors at 513-558-8540 or 558-8530.); 3) Completion of the Graduate Record Exam with official test scores received in the PT Office (suggested minimum score for the GRE is 450 in each section and 3.5 in the analytical component for test takers after 2002); 4) Documentation of 50 work or volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting, 25 of which must be in the inpatient department of a hospital. All hours must be completed and documented by September 1 of the year of desired admission. Hours must be documented by the facility on the forms provided in the application packet. Please note: Hours in a Rehabilitation Center, Rehabilitation Hospital, long-term care facility, outpatient clinic or private practice will not be accepted for the required acute care hours; 5) Submission of 3 completed recommendation forms, including one from a physical therapist. Recommendations are not accepted from relatives; 6) Availability to attend a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are granted to those applicants determined most qualified by the Admissions Committee; and 7) TOEFL scores are required for all students whose native language is a language other than English. Students preparing to apply to the program are advised to check regularly with the College academic advisors and the program office regarding admission requirements. Contact the PT Office for the most recent requirements and/or to request an application. Applications are also available online at
91% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 93% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates who sought employment in physical therapy and responded to surveys are employed ( 3-year average).
Full-time tuition and fees at the University of Cincinnati for the 2004-2005 academic year is approximately $3,325 per quarter for Ohio residents and approximately $6,135 per quarter for non-Ohio residents. Books and supplies will average approximately $500 per quarter. A limited number of University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and Graduate Assistantships (GA) are awarded annually through the department. For funds available to general students, contact 513/556-6982.
The University of Cincinnati has established a continuing reputation for excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, cultural services and basic and applied research. Since its founding in 1918, the University of Cincinnati, located on five campuses, has served numerous students through 17 colleges and divisions that offer more than 450 degree programs from the associate to the doctorate level.