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​Program Overview

This is a one-of-a-kind bridge program specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) who wishes to earn a doctor of physical therapy degree. Face-to-face class sessions will occur six times per term in fall, winter, and spring terms, for a total of 18 on-campus sessions per year. Currently, the summer semester is comprised of online course work. Due to the hybrid nature of the program, students will be responsible for content outside of on-campus sessions. Students in the program are required to work an average of 20 hours per week as a PTA to complement the coursework. In addition, students are expected to complete 30​ weeks of clinical education experiences​. Please be advised, you are required to complete a criminal background check including fingerprinting within the first term of the program; any criminal record could affect clinical site acceptance and/or licensure.

Our Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program prepares graduates to:​
  • Practice as reflective practitioners who can think critically and creatively

  • Work as generalist practitioners in a variety of settings, geographical locations, and roles

  • Display a dedication to self-motivated lifelong learning in a dynamic health​care environment


COVID-19 Updates


As a program, we are aware the unique challenges COVID-19 restrictions have placed on our applicants. Therefore, the UF DPT program has elected to make the following amendments for the 2020-2021 application requirements:

1. We will accept up to 2 science/math prerequisite course Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades for any courses taken during Spring and Summer 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. The lecture and lab of the same course number is considered one course.
Please be aware that taking science/math prerequisite pass/fail courses has the potential to impact the competitiveness of your application. Please address your circumstances in the application essays.

2. Official transcripts should be obtained whenever possible prior to application deadline. If this is not possible, we will accept unofficial transcripts. Before final admission decisions are made, official transcripts will need to be submitted.

3. At-home GRE testing will be accepted. We encourage students to take the at home GRE exam if at all possible.

4. We require 1 year of PTA experience prior to Sept 1 of the year of application, however this year we realize that many PTAs and PTs are getting laid off. Thus, if you held a PTA license, were employed by September 1st of 2019, and regularly employed prior to COVID pandemic, you will be considered having met the year of work experience. Please address your situation in your essays.

Application Process

• Applicants will apply to the University of Findlay Weekend to PTA to DPT Bridge Program using our online graduate application.

• The application will be available between early January and June 1.

• Applicants must also send official transcripts for all college credit to the Office of Admissions.

• All materials must be submitted by the deadline for consideration into the program. This process should be started at least six weeks prior to the deadline because it is a lengthy process, requiring three recommendation forms, an essay, and copy of your PTA license.

Application deadline: June 1

Selection of Applicants
A maximum of 36 students are admitted into each cohort to begin the program in January and a number of factors are considered during the selection process for each physical therapy class. These include grades, writing ability, recommendations, employment experience, leadership, community and professional involvement. Students who are alumni of or currently enrolled at the University of Findlay are given special consideration in the application process.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Weekend PTA to DPT Bridge Program must meet the following admission requirements to be considered for admittance into the program:

• Minimum overall and prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate work (on a four-point scale). Courses with a grade below a "C" will not transfer but will be included in the cumulative grade point average.

• Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution recognized by the University of Findlay, by Sept. 1 of the year of application.

• Completion of the GRE exam with scores submitted to the University of Findlay Office of Admissions.

• Evidence of having graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist assistant program (transcripts may serve as evidence).

• Minimum of one year of work experience as a physical therapist assistant is required and must be completed by Sept. 1 of the year of application.

• Five of the seven prerequisite classes must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to submitting the application (by May of the year of application).

• All seven prerequisites must be completed with a GPA of a 3.0 before a student can be fully admitted to the program (by Sept. 1 of the year of application).

Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:

• Have a verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 89 with 26 or better in speaking and 24 or better in writing or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying an IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.

• Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

Prerequisite Courses

To see the full course descriptions and course numbers, please visit the University of Findlay catalog. To see how your credits transfer to the University of Findlay, view our transferology guide.

Students must receive a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses. Five of the seven prerequisite courses should be completed by May 1 of the year of application. All prerequisites and baccalaureate degree must be completed by Sept. 1 of the year prior to matriculation.


Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab

Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab

General Chemistry I/Lecture w/ Lab

General Chemistry II/Lecture w/ Lab

General Physics I/Lecture w/ Lab

General Physics II/Lecture w/ Lab

Elementary Statistics