Physical therapist assisting a patient

“Students are driven to become professionals with a personal commitment to excellence, lifelong learning, critical inquiry and meaningful service to positively impact societal health.”

-Dr. Jim Ciesla, Dean College of Health and Human Services

School of Physical Therapy

Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy and become a licensed physical therapist with our accelerated, hybrid format.

As a public university for the public good, BGSU is dedicated to developing doctors of physical therapy to meet the growing need for professionals in this profession.

Starting in late 2021, the School of Physical Therapy accepts applications for the first cohort (class), scheduled to begin in 2022.


The School of Physical Therapy will house BGSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the College of Health and Human Services. Once approved, the graduate program will integrate innovative technology that supports a two-year accelerated hybrid program, allowing students to complete coursework online and participate in onsite lab instruction. The hybrid model enables you to complete coursework from anywhere in the country.

Exploring physical therapy careers?

Consider these undergraduate programs:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to class beginning. Admission may be granted pending completion of the degree.
  • Complete all required prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
  • Grades Below "C-" in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.
  • If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The pre-requisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
  • If cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. While the DPT program does not require a minimum GRE score, we encourage applicants to submit their best scores as the GRE is factored into applicant ranking.
  • Submission of two references.
  • Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer or work experience with a licensed physical therapist is recommended, but not required.
  • For all applicants for whom English is not their first language or those who have completed a degree and prerequisite courses in a foreign country, demonstration of English language proficiency is required through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.
  • Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials.
  • Ability to fulfill the technical standards and essential functions of the DPT program for admission.

Preference will be given to those applicants who complete the majority of their coursework at and earn their bachelor degree from Bowling Green State University and to those who have taken honors courses.


Additional prerequisites [if applicable]

  • Biology with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)*
  • Chemistry with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)*
  • General Physics with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)*
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)*
  • Applicants must complete Anatomy and Physiology courses within the last five years, prior to application, or demonstrate ongoing work experiences that have kept this knowledge current (e.g. physical therapist assistant, athletic trainer, etc.).
  • Statistics (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)
  • any Psychology (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)
  • Abnormal or Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours/4 quarter hours)
  • English Composition or Writing (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)
  • All letter-graded prerequisite coursework is acceptable, no matter when the coursework was completed. However, we strongly recommend that applicants take refresher courses as needed to fully prepare themselves for our accelerated DPT program.

*Introductory-level science courses are not accepted.

Vision Statement

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program strives to give each student the opportunity to transform a life by:

Objective 1: COMPETENCE - Ensuring each graduate achieves entry-level competence in all areas of Physical Therapy, enhancing the value of their degree.

Objective 2: INNOVATION - Utilizing a hybrid-accelerated learning model to address the needs of post-traditional students and those desiring to remain in and support their rural or urban communities.

Objective 3: APPLICATION - Designing experiential learning opportunities that engage students and progressively build clinical reasoning skills through application of the content learned in the didactic portion of the curriculum.

Objective 4: RESEARCH - Supporting faculty and students in engaging in research and creative activities that inspire critical inquiry and serve the public good and Physical Therapy profession.

Objective 5: INCLUSION - Contributing to a BGSU culture that values diversity and belonging by decreasing the barriers of access to professional education.

Objective 6: COLLABORATION - Developing partnerships with other hybrid DPT programs and foster interprofessional collaboration to contribute to the highest quality curriculum, and work towards standardizing the education of physical therapists in the United States.

Mission Statement

To develop Doctors of Physical Therapy who are able to create positive change in the lives of their patients and communities.

  1. Initiate professional physical therapy practice on a diverse patient/client population throughout the lifespan including all federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient/client management and fiscal responsibility.
  2. Integrate the best contemporary evidence for physical therapy practice given increased clinical expertise and patient/client values, needs, and preferences.
  3. Make appropriate clinical judgments through efficient and effective reasoning, reflection and mindfulness.
  4. Organize efforts to promote and improve healthcare delivery through professional service and advocacy.
  5. Generate effective communication with all stakeholders in the healthcare environment fostering teamwork, collaboration, health and wellness.
  6. Formulate strategies for life-long learning coupled with professional and personal growth.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Bowling Green State University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state.  The Doctor of Physical Therapy program leads to professional licensure.  For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at


Any member of the community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint without fear of retaliation.  Anonymous complaints may be made by reporting online at Report an Incident.

Our EthicsPoint Hotline is an anonymous tip hotline solution managed through a third party organization, NavexGlobal.

A complaint can be filed via an electronic link on various University websites, including the link on the School of Physical Therapy webpage, as well as through a telephone call to an 866 toll-free number (1-866-879-0426). 

The complaint details are taken either via the link or by an operator and questions are asked in order to identify the type of concern that is being reported as well as to get the details of the situation from the person contacting the Hotline. The individual is free to identify themselves or to remain anonymous. Once the individual reports their concerns, they are given a report key and password that allows both them to contact the Hotline and add to the issue and also allows them to sign in and respond to follow up questions that the University may ask to clarify the situation. This web-based access is managed completely through NavexGlobal’s system and maintains the anonymity between the University and the Tipster. When a concern is made through the NavexGlobal system, the University is alerted via an email.

 The email is sent to two individuals. All emails are sent to the Director of Internal Audit, as the individual assigned as the primary contact. Depending on the type of tip, it is also sent to one of three other individuals, either the Chief Human Resource Officer if it falls within this discipline, the Chief Information Officer if it falls within a concern related to IT breaches or concerns, or the Chief of Police if it relates to public safety. Depending on the concern/tip and if the School of Physical Therapy were involved, the Program Director would be identified as an individual that was necessary in the resolution to the concern and would be contacted.

The concern is addressed by the appropriate individual depending on the type of issue and the NavexGlobal system offers the ability to track and document the resolution of any tip.