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.

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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.

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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.


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.

  1. Adhere to legal practice standards, including all federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient/client care and fiscal management.
  2. Identify, evaluate and integrate the best evidence for practice with clinical judgment and patient/client values, needs, and preferences to determine the best care for a patient/client. 
  3. Determine when patients/clients need further examination or consultation by a physical therapist or referral to another health care professional.
  4. Practice in a manner consistent with the APTA Core Values.
  5. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including patients/clients, family members, caregivers, practitioners, interprofessional team members, consumers, payers, and policymakers.

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