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*||96.9%||93.8%||93.8%||Not available|
|Employment Rate**||100%||92%||94%||Not available|
*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. This is the definition used by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
**Employment rate is the percentage of graduates employed as physical therapists within 6 months after passing licensure exam.
|SMU Cohort||SMU 1st Time Pass Rate||National Average 1st Time Pass Rate+||SMU Ultimate Pass Rate+||National Average Ultimate Pass Rate+|
|Class of 2011||97.1%||89%||100%||99%|
|Class of 2012||92.6%||89%||100%||98%|
|Class of 2013||84.3%||90%||97%||98.5%|
|Class of 2014||91.9%||91.5%||97.3%||97.7%|
+From Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website (www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/NPTEPassRateReports.aspx)
- DPT Faculty & Student Resources (login required)
- Student Clinical Education Resources (login required)
- Function in Sitting Test (FIST) Training
Check out the Flickr PT photo album below.
Created with flickr slideshow.