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 College 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

Program Requirements

DPT Curriculum beginning summer 2016

    Amy Heath
    • Amy Heath
    • Physical Therapy Department Chair & Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2633
    • Office: S322
    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
    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

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in both the overall GPA and prerequisites. Do not apply unless you have these minimum GPAs. The expectation is that applicants have earned a grade of B or better in each prerequisite course.

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

All courses should be equal to one semester in length. Thus, two quarters may be required to equal one semester

All courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. These prerequisite courses must have been graded and may not have been completed on a pass/fail or audited basis. CLEP and AP (Advanced Placement) scores are not accepted in lieu of these courses. Combined courses in Anatomy and Physiology (A/P) are acceptable. Two semesters are required.

Only two prerequisites can be outstanding for application eligibility. For example, if a student is completing two prereqs in the fall semester or two prereqs in the following spring semester or one prereq in the fall and one prereq in the following spring, he/she is eligible to apply. If however, a student is taking more than two prereqs in the fall or spring terms,that person is ineligible to apply. As an illustration, if a student is taking Physics I in fall and Physics II in the following spring semester, he/she may apply. But, if the student also needs to complete exercise physiology, he/she is not eligible to apply.

A maximum of two prereqs 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. For example, if a student took Chemistry I (Inorganic Chemistry content) and then took a course titled Inorganic Chemistry and repeated Anatomy, that is the limit in order to be able to apply. If this same student also re-took Physiology, he/she would not be able to apply.

Repeated or failed courses should be included in GPA calculations. Students enrolled in quarter or trimester systems may need to complete/submit grades for multiple terms to equate to a semester.

SNHS only considers courses completed at regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities or at a post-secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country.

If you want to know if a particular course will meet our admission requirements, call the Office of Admissions at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, 617-521-2605. 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. If we need a course syllabus,we will inform you. If we need to review a syllabus, please allow 15 business days for an evaluation. Please do not request a review/approval the day before you register for a course as we will not be able to evaluate it on such short notice.

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.



If a student is admitted and deposits to the program, he/she must submit a final official transcript for all colleges attended no later than May 25 since the DPT program beings in early June.

Since there are six admission offices at Simmons College, to avoid delay, please send any required paper materials to:

SNHS Office of Admission
Simmons College
Room S332
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

SNHS also accepts electronic transcripts from the following vendors listed below. Please visit their websites to request transcripts. Be certain to select "School of Nursing and Health Sciences". If you select Simmons College, the transcripts will be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and we will not receive them.

  • E Script Safe
  • Parchment
  • The National Student Clearinghouse
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 2015  89%
DPT Class of 2014 88%

Student National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Pass Rates

Class  First Time Pass Rate  Ultimate Pass Rate 
DPT Class of 2015  93%  100%
DPT Class of 2014  98%  100% 

Employment Rate

(% of graduates who were employed as PTs or PTAs within six months of graduation)
Class   Employment Rate 
DPT Class of 2016  96% 
DPT Class of 2015  100% 

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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