Doctor of Physical Therapy

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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
  • Prerequisites
  • Transcripts

Why Choose Samuel Merritt University for your DPT?

SMU Doctor of Physical Therapy Outcomes

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.

National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) Pass Rates
SMU CohortSMU 1st Time Pass RateNational Average 1st Time Pass Rate+SMU Ultimate Pass Rate+National Average Ultimate Pass Rate+
Class of 201197.1%89%100%99%
Class of 201292.6%89%100%98%
Class of 201384.3%90%97%98.5%
Class of 201491.9%91.5%97.3%97.7%

+From Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website (

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