The Physical Therapy Department at Mount St. Joseph University now participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.


  • An earned undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale by matriculation date.  Undergraduate coursework from ALL institutions attended/courses taken will be included in this calculation. For those individuals with a graduate degree, only the graduate degree GPA will be used.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Scores within the last five years will be accepted.
  • Completion of at least eighty (80) hours of clinical observation supervised by a physical therapist.  Hours must include a minimum of 20 hours in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework, with a grade of “C” or better (this includes C+, C, and C-) by matriculation date. Students may apply for admission before completing all prerequisite coursework.  However, at least 2/3rds of science prerequisites (e.g. 6 semesters or 9 quarters) must be completed by application deadline.


One year (two semesters or three quarters) of each of the following courses with laboratory component:

Anatomy and Physiology - Human anatomy & physiology 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:





One course in statistics (any type)

Additional Requirements

For International Students

  • Undergraduate transcripts from countries outside the United States will need to be evaluated by World Education Service.
  • 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.
  • Permanent residents must provide a copy of Alien Registration Card (green card) or a copy of visa documentation.
  • 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 Mount St. Joseph University DPT program should review these before making the decision to apply to the program. After students are enrolled, they will be required to verify they understand and meet these standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet them.

Application Deadline

The deadline for all applications is November 1. 
An early admission process is also available with a deadline of September 1.  More information on the early admission process can be found on PTCAS.

All application materials must be completed on PTCAS by the application deadline to be considered for admission. The only exception is ongoing prerequisite coursework. It is acceptable to be completing your degree and/or some prerequisite courses when you apply.

Admission Decision Timeline

  • November 1: PTCAS application must be completed by this date.
  • Mid-December:  DPT program contacts selected candidates for on-campus interviews.
  • Mid-to-late January:  Candidate interviews to be held at the Mount (phone or Skype interviews available for selected candidates).
  • Mid-February:  Notification of acceptance to selected candidates.
  • Late May to Early-June:  DPT coursework begins.

Contact Information

If you need further information, please visit the FAQ page and/or contact the DPT program:

  • Email:
  • Phone: (513) 244-4890
  • Toll free: 1 (800) 654-9314
  • Fax: (513) 451-2547
  • Attn: DPT program
  • 5701 Delhi Road
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45233