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 at SBU, you will:
- Gain the knowledge and skills needed for patient management, education, consultation and clinical research.
- Build upon a strong liberal arts background with an emphasis on Christian faith integration.
- Develop critical and analytical thinking skills, effective communication skills, and professional behaviors.
Learn More and Apply to SBU's PT Doctoral Program
Attend our Preview Day
Visit SBU Physical Therapy during Fall Preview Day on Saturday, October 16. This free event will allow you to meet faculty and students, and experience the SBU DPT program for yourself. Lunch is provided.
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.
More Programs and opportunities
High school senior students with 24 ACT (or equivalent SAT or CLT) scores or higher are eligible to apply on a competitive basis for early conditional acceptance into the physical therapy program. High school students (or incoming freshmen with less than 30 credit hours completed), should contact the PT division for an application for early conditional acceptance.
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.
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.