Youngstown State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Youngstown State University




Youngstown State University (D5, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/10/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Youngstown State University
B086 Cushwa Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555
Phone:   (330)941-2558
Fax:   (330)941-1898
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Nancy Landgraff, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, May 1998 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy
The YSU 3+3 program is designed to allow the student to apply to the professional program during the third year of undergraduate degree preparation in a non-PT major. If admitted after year 3, students start the professional program in year 4 while completing their undergraduate degrees (by the end of the Fall semester.) PT students then complete professional courses and clinical affiliations in the remainder of years 4, 5, and 6. YSU students and transfers with completed bachelor’s degrees are also admitted. All students, however, enter the physical therapy program in the summer term and complete three years of professional courses and clinical affiliations as a cohort group. The program consists of nine terms (including three summer sessions), with 32 weeks of full-time clinical experiences.
Students attend their clinical experiences for 6 weeks each in the summers after they complete their first and second years of course work. During the final year in the program, students complete an additional 20 weeks of clinical affiliations. Both Ohio and out-of-state sites are available.
There are approximately 13,101 undergraduate students at YSU and 1,298 graduate students.
Up to 20 students are selected for each admitted class. The average GPA of the last two classes (MPT) has been 3.40. The minimum requirements to apply for the physical therapy program include: cumulative GPA of 3.0; completion of a majority of the 11 prerequisite courses with a GPA of 3.0; satisfactory GRE score; three evaluations from physical therapists and/or faculty; 40 clock hours of experience in two physical therapy settings; and an interview. Applicants must also submit a plan to complete prerequisite courses with a C- or better by admission and an undergraduate degree no later than the end of the fall term after admission. Prerequisite courses are: one year (each) of biology, chemistry, physics (with lab); psychology (general and abnormal); anatomy; physiology; and statistics.
The 2005-2006 tuition for full-time in-state is $2,529 plus $552 general fee/ semester. Graduate tuition is $231/credit hour. There is a surcharge for non-residents which is based upon location in the service area of YSU. Students in the professional program are responsible for expenses associated with clinical education experiences. Youngstown State University has a comprehensive program of financial assistance which includes scholarships, loans, grants-in-aid and federal work-study employment. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers most of these programs. More than 70% of the student body receives some type of financial aid.
There is housing available on campus with a new housing project, Campus Village. Students also reside in the suburban areas around the University. Within the community are a variety of cultural activities including the Youngstown Symphony, Youngstown Playhouse Theatre, art museums, and Mill Creek Park, one of the county's largest public parks. Youngstown State University has championship football and basketball teams. Additionally, there is a strong intramural sports program and organized fitness programs housed in the new Anderson Wellness and Recreation Center (to open fall 2005) and the Stambaugh Sports Complex. Students can also participate in many musical or theatrical groups and art organizations.