Physical Therapy Doctoral Program: How to Apply and What to Expect
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program at Southwest Baptist University, fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), prepares you for your career as a physical therapist. As a physical therapy doctoral student, your classes and coursework will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed for patient management, education, consultation and clinical research.
Through SBU's DPT program, you will become a dynamic healthcare professional serving to improve the lives of the people you touch as a physical therapist. The degree program builds upon a strong liberal arts background and highlights Christian values and behavior to mold you into a well-rounded professional.
Coursework enables you to build critical and analytical thinking skills, encouraging independent thought, developing effective communication skills and promoting professional behaviors. Your classes will help you develop an appreciation for the values of physical therapy in the healthcare environment.
Learn More and Apply to SBU's PT Doctoral Program
Doctoral Applicants: Costs and Admissions
If you are finishing/have completed an undergraduate degree and are ready to take the next step toward your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, use the link below to learn more about the admissions process, cost, and financial aid for SBU's DPT program.
MBA Dual Enrollment
Physical therapists often find that business skills are beneficial. With an Master of Business Administration, you will have the business skills you need to be successful in healthcare management positions or running a private practice. SBU has developed a course plan specifically for DPT students who want to simultaneously complete an MBA degree along with the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
High School Student Early Acceptance Program
High school senior students with 24 ACT (or equivalent SAT) scores or higher are eligible to apply on a competitive basis for early conditional acceptance into the physical therapy program. High school students (or freshmen with less than 30 credit hours completed), should contact the PT department for an application for early conditional acceptance.
Students who participate in Missouri's A+ program are eligible for automatic acceptance into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at SBU. To earn automatic acceptance, students must earn a Bachelor of Science degree at SBU within two years after successfully completing an associate's degree under the parameters of the A+ program.