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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The physical therapy program at the University of Mount Union is designed to pursue academic, clinical, and professional excellence that will allow students to grow into leaders in a meaningful and professional career. Mount Union’s physical therapy curriculum is structured with opportunities for inter-professional education with our nursing and engineering programs and Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, to name a few.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rewarding field of physical therapy is expected to exceed 30% growth in the next 10 years, making it the 26th fastest growing occupation. Physical therapy is also listed among the Buckeye Top Fifty: 2008-2018 among Ohio’s high-wage occupations in demand. Mount Union graduates of the physical therapy program will be prepared to fill this growing need in our society.

Physical Therapy (PT) at Mount Union:

  • Mount Union’s PT program is focused on inter-professional education, which will prepare you for the dynamic nature of healthcare.
  • Mount Union’s PT program is housed in Gallaher Hall, our new state-of-the-art health and medical sciences facility. The facility includes:
  • Two laboratory spaces with state-of-the-art equipment and two dedicated classrooms.
  • A Motion Analysis Laboratory equipped with a Vicon© Motion Capture System integrated ATMI Force Plates and a wireless Delsys® Trigno™ system.

Accreditation Status:

Effective August 5, 2016, the University of Mount Union Physical Therapy Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status, nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete all the listed prerequisites  with a ‘C’ or better prior to enrollment into the professional curriculum. Please contact Brandon Crites at (330) 823-2587 or  critesbr@mountunion.edu with questions regarding your application materials or status. 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university
    • 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. Through 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.
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.2 or better
  • GRE a competitive candidate will report a score of 153 verbal reasoning, 156 quantitative reasoning, and 4 analytical writing 
  • 8 hours of Anatomy and Physiology to be completed in the department of anatomy, neuroanatomy, integrated physiology, and biology
  • 8 hours of General Physics
  • 4 hours of General or Specialized Biology (e.g. Microbiology, Genetics, Vertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Physiology, Developmental Biology, Pathophysiology or Immunology)
  • 4 hours of General Chemistry II
  • 4 hours of Advanced or Specialized Chemistry (e.g. Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry or Biochemistry)
  • 4 hours of Statistics
  • 8 hours of Psychology (e.g. General, Child, Developmental, Abnormal or Lifespan Psychology)
  • 8 hours of Social Science and/or Humanities (e.g. Ethics, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Literature)
  • 80 hours of observation in Physical Therapy must be completed by the time of application
  • Three letters of recommendation (Physical Therapist, College Instructor, Employer/Choice)
  • 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.

Physical Therapy Resources

For more information about the University of Mount Union’s Physical Therapy Program and/or other PT program resources, browse the links provided.

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