University of Dayton

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Dayton




University of Dayton (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/17/2006
Address:   Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Health and Sport Science
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1210
Phone:   (937)229-5600
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (937)229-5600
Financial Aid Phone:   (937)229-4311
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Philip Anloague, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   April 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapist professional education program at the University of Dayton aims to graduate knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioners who, by virtue of critical and integrative thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs that are supported by evidence; promote the health of the client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations for practice. The three-year (8 semesters) Physical Therapy Program integrates didactic, hands-on, and clinical experiences that culminate in a practitioner ready for today's state of practice and beyond. The didactic portion of the curriculum is enhanced by 38 weeks of full-time clinical training that is divided into four different clinical rotations providing immediate “real-world” reinforcement for classroom and lab instruction. A primary method of curriculum delivery is problem-based learning (PBL). This case focused, small group learning format facilitates the student's ability to identify, utilize, and manage learning resources and contributes to a smooth transition from the classroom to the clinic. Problem-based learning integrates knowledge and skills from various disciplines to facilitate the development of a reflective practitioner in a manner that emphasizes professional decision-making and the use of critical analysis in problem solving. In order to qualify for admission to the DPT Program, students must have an undergraduate degree and meet admission requirements. Students attend classes on a year round basis.
Students complete 38 weeks of full-time clinical training throughout the curriculum. The first 3 rotations of 6, 8 and 12 weeks respectively follow specific core clinical modules focusing on general medicine, neurology and orthopedics. The final 12 week rotation focuses on a specialty area and is completed just prior to graduation. Clinical training may require travel and students are responsible for all expenses.
Six of the seven core faculty hold terminal Doctoral Degrees and five are certified clinical specialists. Our faculty has many years of experience teaching in higher physical therapy education and a rich history of clinical experience, research, and scholarship. Five faculty are currently involved in clinical practice. Adjunct faculty, 69% with Master’s or Doctoral degrees and 43 % being a board certified clinical specialist, assist with tutorials, labs and specialty lectures.
The University of Dayton is Ohio’s largest private university and enrolls more than 10,000 students. The following enrollments are projected for the DPT Program: 26 for the class entering 2006, 28 for 2007, and 35 for 2008 and beyond.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 grade point average in the sciences and a cumulative 3.0 grade point average for all prerequisite courses. Applicants must have completed a course in social science such as sociology, geography, anthropology, minority groups, diversity, economics, or American government. In addition, applicants should have a full sequence of English composition including writing components, a course in basic communication skills, a physical fitness or wellness course, and an appreciation, theory or history course in music, art, photography, etc. or at least one year of ensemble music. A humanities course such as ethics, cultural perspectives, literature, philosophy, critical thinking, second language, world history, western civilization, U.S. history or Canadian history is also required. Official academic record of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable. Applicants must submit the following: prerequisite course worksheet; three letters of recommendation from professors or employers ; an admission essay; official GRE test score; computer literacy verification; and verification of eighty hours of clinical observation in at least two distinctly different physical therapy patient care settings, with a minimum 20 observation hours in an inpatient setting.
The program’s three year average for graduation rate is 94.1% while the three year average performance on the licensure examination is 97%. The program’s average rate of employment for new graduates is 99%. (Note: these numbers are taken from Andrews University’s Dayton MPT Program from which the DPT Program was developed).
Tuition for the 2006-07 academic year is approximately $6,000 per semester. Room and board approximates $7,000 annually. Student fees, health insurance and parking are additional. Financial aid information is available from the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.
Two miles from downtown Dayton, our 259-acre campus is bordered by a quiet, suburban neighborhood, an ideal surrounding for a residential university. Ninety-five percent of UD's students live on campus and come from throughout the United States and many parts of the world. More than 180 clubs and organizations (academic, athletic, cultural, service and social) exist on campus and UD is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference offering a wide variety of men’s and women’s sports. Approximately 45 different sports and activities are sponsored by the Department of Campus Recreation. Opened in January 2006, the state-of-the-art, $25.3 million RecPlex features: four courts for basketball; volleyball or other activities; two courts for floor hockey, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball or other activities; three racquetball courts; a climbing wall; a cardiovascular room with selectorized weight machines, free weight area and track; an eight-lane natatorium with a whirlpool, outdoor deck and sand volleyball court; classrooms; juice bar; and locker rooms. Dances, concerts, lectures, social events and movies are special activities held at the university and minor league baseball, theater and art museums are just a short drive away.