Physical therapists motivate, inspire and change lives.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program emphasizes professional experience. You'll attend expert led lectures, advance your technique in the skills laboratory and participate in small group discussions focused around clinical practice. Our students build their skills during full-time clinical internships — carefully selected based on high level of mentorship, experienced clinical practitioners and a variety of patient populations.

This 3-year, full-time program is designed for men and women who have three years of undergraduate work at Simmons or a bachelor's degree from another institution and have completed the necessary pre-requisite work.

You'll graduate ready to meet the challenges of our constantly evolving health care field. Our students are dynamic leaders in physical therapy and excel in clinical practice in a variety of settings.

Doctor of Physical Therapy at Simmons is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617.521.2635 or email Amy Heath

Program Requirements

DPT Curriculum beginning summer 2016

    Amy Heath
    • Amy Heath
    • Physical Therapy Department Chair & Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2633
    • Office: S316
    Justin Jones
    • Justin Jones
    • Associate Chair Physical Therapy Department and Associate Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2062
    • Office: S320
    Justin Beebe
    • Justin Beebe
    • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2029
    • Jennifer Bottomley
    • Assistant Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2637
    • Office: S326
    George Coggeshall
    • George Coggeshall
    • Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2658
    • Office: S324
    Amitabh Dashottar
    James Huddleston
    • James Huddleston
    • Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2611
    • Office: S318
    Derek Linzzo
    Elizabeth Murphy
    • Elizabeth Murphy
    • Associate Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy and Co-Director of Clinical Education
    • Phone: 617-521-2638
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    Alia Sullivan
    • Alia Sullivan
    • Associate Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy and Co-Director of Clinical Education
    • Phone: 617-521-2584

The following courses are required prior to application:

  • Biology* (one semester)
  • Chemistry* (two semesters)
  • Exercise Physiology (one semester)
  • Human Anatomy* (one semester)
  • Human Physiology* (one semester)
  • Physics* (two semesters) (can be calculus-based or non-calculus based)
  • Psychology (two semesters)
  • Statistics (one semester)

*with labs

The expectation is that applicants have a minimum 3.0 GPA in both their overall undergraduate and overall prerequisite GPAs. All courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. All courses should be equal to one semester in length. Thus, two quarters may be required to equal one semester

Courses completed on a pass/fail or audited basis, and CLEP and AP scores are not accepted in lieu of these courses.

Two prerequisites may be outstanding for application eligibility, as long as they are completed in the spring semester before the start of the program in June.

A maximum of two prerequisites may have been retaken once, regardless of grades earned and whether or not the courses were re-taken at the same or different institution. Course titles may differ but if the content is the same, it is considered a repeat. 

If you want to know if a particular course will meet our admission requirements, email the SNHS Office of Admission. Please provide the name and number of the course,where it was/will be offered and when. We will tell you if it is has been approved or if we need a course syllabus for further review. If we need a syllabus, please complete and submit the required form below. An evaluation of a course cannot be completed until we receive this form.

Mission & Outcomes

Simmons DPT Mission

The DPT program educates men and women who promote effective, accessible and efficient health care for all individuals and communities. Through discovery in research and evidence based practice students are prepared for contemporary and evolving clinical practice. The program facilitates a commitment to active life-long learning, leadership, advocacy, and service to others, across cultural and socio-economic diverse populations.

Simmons DPT Outcome Data

Student Graduation Rates by Class Year

Class Graduation Rate
DPT Class of 2017 92.1%
DPT Class of 2016 80.6%

Student National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Pass Rates

Class First Time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate
DPT Class of 2017 91.9% 97.3%
DPT Class of 2016 87.5% 100%

Employment Rate

(% of graduates who were employed as PTs or PTAs within six months of graduation)
Class Employment Rate
DPT Class of 2017 100%
DPT Class of 2015 96%
Clinical & Research

Clinical and research experience are a critical part of the DPT program. Clinical education provide students with opportunities for professional role modeling, observation, patient care and teaching in a wide variety of settings.

All DPT students complete a capstone research course, where you'll work in small groups on faculty-directed research or a systematic review to address a clinical practice question that you’ll share as a poster presentation for Simmons Physical Therapy Research Day.

Additionally we have a 733 square foot research laboratory that features:

  • 10-camera Vicon-Optical motion analysis system: ability to capture full-body human movement at various velocities and obtain 3D kinematic data 
  • trakSTAR – electromagnetic motion analysis system with 5 sensors: ability to capture smaller area, fine movement and obtain 3D kinematic data 
  • Electromyography – 8 channel Noraxon Wireless TeleMyo EMG system: ability to obtain muscle activation and patterns of activation data 
  • Supersonic Imagine Aixplorer Ultrasound, Ultrasound imaging system with Shear Wave Elastography: Ability to capture real-time ultrasound images as well as quantify tissue stiffness 

Using the lab's technology, our faculty are working with students on a number of projects:

  • To determine the effects of infraspinatus muscle fatigue on tissue stiffness and range of motion. 
  • To quantify fatigue by looking at changes in the median frequencies of power spectral densities pre- to post-exercise. 
  • To quantify muscle stiffness changes from pre- to post-exercise.
How to Apply

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