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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The physical therapy program at the University of Mount Union is designed to pursue and achieve academic, clinical, and professional excellence. These pursuits and outcomes enable our students to grow into leaders in their professional careers meaningfully. Mount Union’s physical therapy curriculum is structured to provide outcome-oriented and developmentally progressive classroom, lab, clinical, and community experiences.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rewarding field of physical therapy is expected to grow 21% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Mount Union graduates of the physical therapy program will be prepared to fill this growing societal need.




The Physical Therapy program at Mount Union offers a learning experience that provides accessibility to the tools and resources needed to develop successful physical therapists. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 30:1 in the classroom and 15:1 in labs, students benefit from a close-knit and connected environment conducive to meaningful growth both personally and professionally. Our program emphasizes professional development through active student engagement utilizing resources, events, and activities offered by APTA and OPTA, creating an impactful network of peers and industry professionals.

PT students have keycard access to all of PT's dedicated classrooms, labs, and student lounge areas. Mount Union's updated and adapted state-of-the-art labs, clinic spaces, and research areas welcome orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and pediatric applications that allow students the opportunity for immersive hands-on learning, interdisciplinary research, and service-based learning.


Through Mount Union's uniquely orchestrated problem-based and traditional learning, service orientation, clinical opportunities, and integrated evidence-based practices, DPT students become known for clinical excellence, out-of-the-box vision, and patient-centered passion. View Mount Union's competitive outcomes in overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), graduation, and employment rates.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete all the listed prerequisites with a ‘C’ or better before enrollment into the professional curriculum. Contact Maggie Collins at or Angela Lang at with questions regarding your application materials or status. 

  • Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Overall GPA of 3.1 or better
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better
  • 6-8 hours of Anatomy and Physiology (I and II with lab component)
  • 6-8 hours of General Physics (I and II with lab component)
  • 6-8 hours of General Chemistry (I and II with lab component)
  • 3-4 hours of General or Specialized Biology
  • 3-4 hours of Statistics
  • 6-8 hours of Psychology (two or more courses in Psychology)
  • 6-8 hours of Social Science and/or Behavioral Sciences (two or more courses in Social and/or Behavioral Sciences)
  • 40 hours of observation** in Physical Therapy
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • The GRE is not required
  • For International Applicants: The TOEFL-iBT minimum composite score of 89 with minimum subsets; 24 Writing, 26 Speaking, 21 Reading & Comprehension, and 18 Listening. Comparable values would be 220 on the computer-based exam; 560 on the paper-based form, a TSE of 50 and/or a TWE of 4.5.

*University of Mount Union students and graduates: If you have graduated or will be graduating with a baccalaureate degree from the University of Mount Union, you will not need to request your transcript from the Office of the Registrar. By indicating Mount Union as an institution on your application, the Office of Admission will obtain a copy directly from the Office of the Registrar, and your application checklist will be updated accordingly once that has been received.

* *Hours in addition to the required 40 hours, may be used as a Quality Point in the case multiple applicants are tied in ranking. 

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