Most students will have a choice about what physical therapy program to attend for their doctoral degree. Many things will be considered when making that choice such as quality of instruction, philosophy of program, geographical location, licensure outcomes and certainly cost. Particularly for those graduating from UC or CSU educational institutions, the costs at an independent college like Samuel Merritt University and others can seem extremely high. We have provided some detailed information about both value and cost of attendance at Samuel Merritt University. We would encourage each of you to ask these same questions at the other schools you are considering.
What is tuition?
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What is the total tuition for the program?
To calculate the estimated total tuition costs there are several things you should know.
- The DPT Program is 7 semesters for a full-time student and there are 3 semesters in an academic year.
- In order to estimate the total tuition cost during matriculation as a full-time student, you would divide the annual tuition by 3 and then multiply that number by 7.
- Students do not pay tuition during the final six-month internship. There is a matriculation fee during the internship that you will find listed on the web page with tuition and fees .
- It is important to note that this is only an estimate because this calculation does not include any annual tuition increases that the University may institute.
Why is the six month internship special and how does it relate to cost and value?
The six month internship is special at Samuel Merritt University both in terms of cost and value. We believe it is the culminating experience to prepare you to be an exceptional clinician upon your graduation. In addition to not paying tuition during the internship, 50-60% of the clinical sites provide paid stipends to the interns. The pay ranges from $800 to $1,500 per month. While receiving this salary, students remain eligible for financial aid and student loan repayment continues to be deferred. The internship is such an important and formative experience for our students, about 60% will choose the site of their internship as their first place of employment following graduation.
What about fees?
What is the loan default rate of Samuel Merritt University graduates and why is that important?
At SMU, we have a 0% default rate. That means our graduates are getting outstanding jobs at the completion of their programs. These jobs come with exceptionally strong salaries allowing students to successfully repay their loans.
Are there additional scholarships available to incoming DPT students?