The Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares graduates to excel in serving patients as generalist physical therapists, capable of autonomous practice in the health care system. During our 34-month program, students progressively build clinical reasoning skills with increasingly complex patient presentations through both academic and clinical courses. Our curriculum features simulated and actual clinical practice opportunities integrated within and between academic trimesters, beginning in the first trimester and continuing throughout the program.
Why Choose Samuel Merritt University for your DPT?
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
In July 2016, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was awarded $7.8 million in scholarship money for disadvantaged students who will join the University's mission to diversify the healthcare workforce and improve outcomes in underserved communities. The federal assistance, known as the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program, will be available to students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Under this program, the University will award up to $30,000 per year to each recipient, depending on need. New and continuing students are eligible to receive this scholarship. Awards are made automatically based upon information provided in the application for admission and on the FAFSA.
DPT Application Deadline:
Early Decision: August 15 at 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time
Regular Decision: October 1 at 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time
Questions about admission to the program?
Contact the Office of Admission