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 the DPT Admission Requirements web page for more information.

General Admission Criteria

  • Completion of the PTCAS application including ALL verifications, transcripts, etc. by the application deadline as posted on PTCAS
  • 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
  • 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 eligible for 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)
  • 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)
  • Completion of the PTCAS application including ALL verifications, transcripts, etc. by the application deadline as posted on PTCAS
  • 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 to 12 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. 

Additional Requirements

For International Students

  1. Undergraduate transcripts from countries outside the United States will need to be evaluated by World Education Service (www.wes.org)
  2. TOEFL requirements: paper-based - 510 undergraduate, 560 graduate, computer-based - 220, i-TOEFL - 83. (www.ets.org/toefl). 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 commit to a place in the program, 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, unless November 1st is a Saturday or Sunday, in which case the deadline will be the Monday following 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 to this is ongoing prerequisite course work 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 official transcripts by the application deadline.

General Admission Decision Timeline

  • November 1: PTCAS application must be completed by this date
  • December: DPT admission committee sends letters to selected candidates via 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:

Email: physical.therapy@msj.edu
Phone: (513) 244-4890
Toll free: 1 (800) 654-9314
Fax: (513) 451-2547
Attn: DPT program - Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45233

Program Requirements

Hours: 117

Year One

BIO 526 Human Gross Anatomy with LAB (8)
BIO 526A Human Gross Anatomy (LAB) (0)
PT 601 Foundational Science (4)
PT 603 Surface Anatomy (1)
PT 605 Clinical Exercise Physiology with LAB (3)
PT 605A Clinical Exercise Physiology (LAB) (0)
PT 608 Biomechanics/Kinesiology with LAB (4)
PT 608A Biomechanics/Kinesiology (LAB) (0)
PT 610 Basic Patient Care Skills with LAB (3)
PT 610A Basic Patient Care Skills (LAB) (0)
PT 611 Therapeutic Modalities with LAB (3)
PT 611A Therapeutic Modalities (LAB) (0)
PT 612 Basic Examination & Evaluation with LAB (3)
PT 612A Basic Examination & Evaluation (LAB) (0)
PT 615 Therapeutic Exercise with LAB (3)
PT 615A Therapeutic Exercise (LAB) (0)
PT 624 Neuroscience with LAB (3)
PT 624A Neuroscience (LAB) (0)
PT 650 Professional Socialization I (2)
PT 651 Professional Socialization II (2)
PT 652 Professional Issues in PT I (1)
PT 661 Research in PT I (2)

Year Two

PT 700 Introduction to Clinical Experience I (1)
PT 701 Introduction to Clinical Experience II (1)
PT 702 Foundational Science II (3)
PT 703 Foundational Science III (3)
PT 715 Patient Management: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary with LAB (3)
PT 715A Patient Management:Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary (LAB) (0)
PT 720 Patient Management: Applied Orthopedics I with LAB (6)
PT 720A Patient Management:Applied Orthopedics I (LAB) (0)
PT 721 Patient Management: Applied Orthopedics II with LAB (5)
PT 721A Patient Management:Applied Orthopedics II (LAB) (0)
PT 722 Patient Mgmt:Neurological Rehabilitation I with LAB (3)
PT 722A Patient Mgmt:Neurological Rehabilitation I (LAB) (0)
PT 725 Patient Mgmt:Neurological Rehabilitation II with LAB (3)
PT 725A Patient Mgmt:Neurological Rehabilitation II (LAB) (0)
PT 745 Patient Management:Special Topics with LAB (3)
PT 745A Patient Management:Special Topics (LAB) (0)
PT 746 Patient Management:Lifespan I- Pediatric Conditions (3)
PT 747 Patient Management:Lifespan II- Geriatric Conditions with LAB (4)
PT 747A Patient Management:Lifespan II - Geriatric Conditions (LAB) (0)
PT 754 Professional Issues in PT II (1)
PT 762 Research in PT II (3)
PT 770 Administration, Consultation & Management (3)

Year Three

PT 753 Health Care Policy (3)
PT 855 Professional Issues In PT III (1)
PT 857 Professional Issues in PT IV (1)
PT 863 Research in PT III (2)
PT 881 Clinical Education Experience I (5)
PT 882 Clinical Education Experience II (5)
PT 883 Clinical Education Experience III (5)
PT 884 Clinical Education Experience IV (5)

Electives - 3 hours from the following:

PT 875 Elective Seminars in PT (1-3)
PT 876 Independent Studies in PT (1-3)

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

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program the graduate will demonstrate:

  1. Professionalism consistent with the decision-making authority and responsibilities of autonomous practice.
  2. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful patient/client management.
  3. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful practice management.