Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed so graduates excel in serving patients and clients 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 problems through a series of academic and clinical courses that are closely integrated in a uniquely designed curriculum.
Learn about the admissions process, including:
- Application Deadline: October 1
- How To Apply via PTCAS
- Admissions Stats
- Chat with an Admissions Counselor
Review requirements for admission, including:
- Minimum recommended criteria
Why Choose Samuel Merritt University for your DPT?
- Clinical experiences
- Small classes
- Cost and value of an SMU DPT education
- Excellent outcomes
- Our committment to DPT education
- Our department mission
Graduation & Employment
*Graduation rate is the percentage of students admitted to the DPT program who completed the program within 150% of the time normally expected for completion.
**Employment rate is the percentage of graduates who sought employment and were employed in physical therapy (full-time or part-time) within 1 year of graduation.
Both of these are the definitions used by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rates
|SMU Cohort||SMU 1st Time Pass Rate||National Average 1st Time Pass Rate+||SMU Ultimate Pass Rate+||National Average Ultimate Pass Rate+|
|Class of 2014||91.7%||91.3%||100%||98.9%|
|Class of 2015||94.4%||91.2%||100%||99.0%|
|Class of 2016||100%||93.1%||100%||98.8%|
+From Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Basic Pass Rate Report, 3/9/2017
- DPT Student Handbook (2017-2018, updated 10/23/2017)
- DPT Faculty & Student Resources (login required)
- Student Clinical Education Resources (login required)
- Function in Sitting Test (FIST) Training
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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Samuel Merritt University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.