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 33-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.
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- Application Deadline: October 1
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Why Choose Samuel Merritt University for your DPT?
- Clinical experiences
- Small classes
- Cost and value of an SMU DPT education
- Our committment to DPT education
Graduation & Employment
|Outcome by SMU Cohort||2016||2017||2018|
*Graduation rate is the percentage of students admitted to the DPT program who completed the program on time and with their original cohort.
**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 2016||100%||93.1%||100%||99.4%|
|Class of 2017||93.6%||92.5%||96.8%||98.7%|
|Class of 2018||94.1%||91.2%||97.1%||95.3%|
+From Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Basic Pass Rate Report, 11/14/2018
Mission of the Department of Physical Therapy at SMU
The Department of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University serves students, the public, the profession and the University by educating highly skilled and compassionate doctors of physical therapy. Our graduates provide patient-centered care using evidence-informed practice to positively transform society and the experience of care in diverse communities. We are dedicated to advancing the profession through a commitment to life-long learning, critically reflective practice, scholarship, service and socially responsible action on behalf of patients, the public, and the profession.
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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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 510-879-0334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.