Application and Requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

DPT Program Information

The Division of Physical Therapy at Southwest Baptist University is dedicated to providing society with physical therapists who engage in the art and science of physical therapy with a Christian worldview. Graduates of the program will be clinician generalists who are prepared to provide physical therapy services for a diverse population in an evolving society and healthcare environment in their future jobs and careers.

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Application and Admission

Application to the SBU DPT program is made through the PTCAS centralized application database.

The following requirements must be met before being admitted to the physical therapy program at SBU (courses in progress during semester(s) applying must be documented and completed prior to admission):

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  2. Completion of current physical therapy program application
  3. Documented experience/observation in physical therapy; up to 40 hours will be counted and variety of experience is recommended
  4. Completion of graduate records exam (GRE)
  5. Earn a minimum 2.75 overall GPA (for all previous coursework or highest degree attained) OR earn a minimum 3.0 overall GPA for last 60 hours of completed coursework
  6. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA and at least a "C" in each. Prerequisites should not be taken pass/fail.
    1. General Chemistry — two semesters in sequence with labs; minimum eight credit hours is expected
    2. General Physics — two semesters in sequence with labs; minimum eight credit hours is expected
    3. General Biology — one semester with lab; minimum four credit hours is expected
    4. Anatomy/Physiology — one semester each or full year combined sequence with labs from a science-based department; minimum eight credit hours is expected
    5. Statistics — one course
    6. Psychology:
      1. Applicants for Fall 2022 or later: three courses from a psychology department (1. general, 2. lifespan development, 3. abnormal psychology)
      2. Applicants for Fall 2021 or earlier: two courses from a psychology department (1. general, 2. lifespan development OR abnormal psychology)
  7. Completion of the following support courses (not calculated into prerequisite GPA)
    1. Medical Terminology — one semester is required at a "B" grade or higher; one credit hour minimum expected
    2. Pathophysiology — not required, but highly recommended
    3. Exercise Physiology — not required, but highly recommended; students demonstrating successful completion of an exercise physiology course with a "B" grade or higher will be exempt from completing the exercise physiology component of the DPT program
  8. International students need to contact the department or consult the SBU catalog for additional requirements, including the TOEFL exam

Prerequisite science classes must be current. Completion of each course sequence must be within seven years prior to admission to the PT program. Exceptions may be granted only if the applicant can show that knowledge of the course content is current. Applicants seeking an exception must submit a written petition with rationale for approval.

In the case of repeat prerequisite grades, the PT program will use the "best case" scenario for determining eligibility; however, an application penalty would be applied by reducing the overall score for each repeat grade present on the transcript. The grade for any science courses repeated due to the seven-year rule will be substituted for the old class regardless of the first grade received.

Applications not meeting the minimum GPA (either prerequisite or overall or both) will be scored and ranked for an alternate pool to be considered for conditional enrollment after all unconditional applications have been exhausted on a space available basis. Individuals requesting conditional enrollment are encouraged to meet with a physical therapy advisor and/or graduate admissions coordinator prior to application.

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Cost and Financial Aid

SBU strives to offer affordable degree programs. In addition to our competitive tuition costs, SBU has opportunities for scholarships and financial aid options. Review the various costs of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program below.

DPT Program Costs, 2020-21

Annual Tuition, Fees and Costs:

Tuition $35,000
Curriculum fee $270
Course fee $2,700 (3 year total)
Health fee $102
Technology fee $314
Books and other supplies $1,000

Special or one-time fees and/or costs:

Deposit (goes toward tuition) $1,000
Graduation fee $265
APTA membership (optional) $100
Liability insurance $50
Wellness Center membership (per semester, optional) $162
Intramural fees (per season, optional) $10

Scholarships and Financial Aid

As an SBU DPT student, you will have opportunities for various scholarship and financial aid offers. Additionally, you are encouraged to seek out private sources of scholarships and aid.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive any aid for which you may qualify, including the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Student Loan. SBU's recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 15. If you have questions, contact the SBU Office of Financial Aid at (417) 328-1822.

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Further Information

For more details about SBU DPT program financial information, including scholarship opportunities, please download the financial information guide.

DPT Financial and Cost Info Guide

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Browse the archives of the annual magazine, "A Healing Mission," sent to alumni of the SBU Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The magazine provides news and updates from the program, stories about Global Health Outreach trips, faculty and alumni spotlights, and more.

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