Program Requirements

Hours: 116


BIO 526Human Gross Anatomy with LAB (8)

BIO 526AHuman Gross Anatomy (LAB) (0)

PT 601Foundational Science (4)

PT 603Surface Anatomy (1)

PT 605Clinical Exercise Physiology with LAB (3)

PT 605AClinical Exercise Physiology (LAB) (0)

PT 608Biomechanics/Kinesiology with LAB (4)

PT 608ABiomechanics/Kinesiology (LAB) (0)

PT 610Basic Patient Care Skills with LAB (3)

PT 610ABasic Patient Care Skills (LAB) (0)

PT 611Therapeutic Modalities with LAB (3)

PT 611ATherapeutic Modalities (LAB) (0)

PT 612Basic Examination & Evaluation with LAB (3)

PT 612ABasic Examination & Evaluation (LAB) (0)

PT 615Therapeutic Exercise with LAB (3)

PT 615ATherapeutic Exercise (LAB) (0)

PT 624Neuroanatomy and Physiology with LAB (3)

PT 624ANeuroanatomy and Physiology (LAB) (0)

PT 650Professional Socialization I (2)

PT 651Professional Socialization II (2)

PT 652Professional Issues in PT I (1)

PT 661Foundations of Critical Inquiry in PT (2)


PT 700Introduction to Clinical Experience I (1)

PT 701Introduction to Clinical Experience II (1)

PT 702Foundational Science II (3)

PT 703Foundational Science III (3)

PT 715Patient Management: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary with LAB (3)

PT 715APatient Management:Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary (LAB) (0)

PT 720Patient Management: Applied Orthopedics I with LAB (6)

PT 720APatient Management:Applied Orthopedics I (LAB) (0)

PT 721Patient Management: Applied Orthopedics II with LAB (5)

PT 721APatient Management:Applied Orthopedics II (LAB) (0)

PT 731Patient Management: Neurological Rehabilitaion with LAB (6)

PT 731APatient Management: Neurological Rehabilitation (LAB) (0)

PT 745Patient Management:Special Topics with LAB (3)

PT 745APatient Management:Special Topics (LAB) (0)

PT 746Patient Management:Lifespan I- Pediatric Conditions (3)

PT 747Patient Management:Lifespan II- Geriatric Conditions with LAB (4)

PT 747APatient Management:Lifespan II - Geriatic Conditions (LAB) (0)

PT 753Health Care Policy (3)

PT 754Professional Issues in PT II (1)

PT 762Research in PT I (3)

PT 770Administration, Consultation & Management (3)


PT 855Professional Issues In PT III (1)

PT 863Research in PT II (2)

PT 881Internship I (5)

PT 882Internship II (5)

PT 883Internship III (5)

PT 884Internship IV (5)

Electives - 3 hours from the following:

PT 875Elective Seminars in PT (1-3)

PT 876Independent Studies in PT (1-3)

PT 875 and 876 may be repeated for a minimum of 3 hours

Admission Requirements

**The Physical Therapy Department at Mount St. Joseph University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must apply online using the PTCAS application. See Mount webpage at

General Admission Criteria

  • GRE scores within 5 years of application deadline
  • Course work completed within last 10 years
  • Conferment of a bachelor’s degree prior to program start
  • Overall GPA > 3.0/ 4.0
  • No prerequisite with a grade < C (includes C-, C, C+)
  • Science prerequisite GPA > 3.0, or > the average of the preceding year’s cohort
  • At least 2/3rds of prerequisite science course work completed prior to application deadline (All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation date)
  • Participate in the interview process, if invited

Mount Student Admission Criteria

Students who attend Mount St. Joseph University for their undergraduate education and meet all admission requirements will be given admission into the DPT program after completing their undergraduate degree based on the following criteria:

  • Must have completed 90 or more credit hours at the Mount
  • Mount course work completed within 2 years of application deadline
  • Conferment of a bachelor’s degree prior to program start
  • GRE scores (within 5 years of application deadline) required if Science GPA < 3.25
  • Overall GPA > 3.0/ 4.0
  • No prerequisite with a grade < C (includes C-, C, C+)
  • Science prerequisite GPA > 3.0
  • At least 2/3rds of prerequisite science course work completed prior to application deadline (All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation date)
  • Participate in the interview process

Mount Student Admission Process

  • Applicants who fulfill the above criteria as Mount students will automatically  receive an invitation to participate in the interview process
  • Mount interviews will be conducted with the early admission general applicants
  • Mount applicant acceptance into the DPT program will occur prior to General admission acceptance
  • Up to12 Mount students may be accepted through this admission process, (approximately one-third of an entering class). In the event that there are more than 12 qualified Mount applicants, applicants will be ranked with the top 12 offered program acceptance.
  • Individuals not awarded Mount admission will be placed in the general admission pool and their applications ranked accordingly.  Those who score above the cutoff for general admission will be invited to enroll at that time.

Prerequisite Requirements

  1. Prerequisite Coursework:

    Sciences - one (1) year [two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters] of each of the following courses with laboratory:

    • Anatomy and Physiology (human is preferred, although mammalian or vertebrate are also acceptable; courses in exercise physiology do NOT count towards the physiology requirement)
    • Physics (algebra/trigonometry-based as well as calculus-based courses are acceptable)
    • Chemistry (general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are all acceptable)

    Humanities and Social Sciences - one course in each of the following areas:

    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Ethics

    Statistics - one course

  2. Completion of at least 80 hours of clinical observation supervised by a physical therapist.  Hours must include a minimum of 20 hours in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 
  3. Completion of the PTCAS application including ALL verifications, transcripts, etc. by the application deadline as posted on PTCAS.

Additional Requirements

For International Students

  1. Undergraduate transcripts from countries outside the United States will need to be evaluated by World Education Service (
  2. TOEFL requirements: paper-based - 510 undergraduate, 560 graduate, computer-based - 220, i-TOEFL - 83. ( Requirements can be waived only if the graduate department requires another standardized test, e.g. GRE.
  3. Permanent residents must provide a copy of Alien Registration Card (green card) or a copy of visa documentation.
  4. Declaration of Finances (for F-1 Visa), either I-134 or certified bank statement on letterhead with dollar amount equal to one year’s tuition, housing, etc.

Technical Standards

The DPT program has established specific technical standards for admission. These standards reflect the minimum mental and physical requirements necessary to become a physical therapist. Candidates for selection to the Mount St. Joseph University DPT program should review these before making the decision to apply to the program. However, this form is not a part of the DPT application. After students are enrolled, they will be required to verify they understand and meet these standards or that they believe that, with reasonable accommodations, they can meet them.  Students who need accommodation must meet with the Director of the Learning Center and Disability Services.

Application Deadline
The deadline for regular admission applications is November 1st.

ALL application materials must be completed and to PTCAS by the application deadline to be considered for an interview. Thus, clinical observation hours must be completed and official GRE scores and transcripts must be submitted to PTCAS by the application deadline in order to be considered for an interview. The only exception is ongoing prerequisite course work and transcripts. It is acceptable to be completing your degree and/or some prerequisite courses when you apply. However, all completed coursework must be documented with transcripts by the application deadline.

Admission Decision Timeline

  • November 1: PTCAS application must be completed by this date
  • December: DPT admission committee sends letters to selected candidates vis PTCAS for on-campus interviews
  • January: Candidate interviews to be held at Mount St. Joseph University
  • February: DPT admission committee sends letters of acceptance to selected candidates via PTCAS
  • Late May/Early June: DPT coursework begins

Questions? Need more information?

If you need further information, contact the DPT program:

Phone: (513) 244-4890
Toll free: 1 (800) 654-9314
Fax: (513) 451-2547
Attn: DPT program - College of Mount St. Joseph
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45233

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***