This accelerated 6-year program lets you focus on your goal — and get there faster.

Our unique interdisciplinary program — a respected leader in physical therapy education for more than 50 years — prepares graduates to meet the challenges of today's health-care system. You'll benefit from a problem-based, self-directed approach to learning, using case studies to integrate basic science and clinical knowledge and skills in conjunction with psychosocial, ethical and behavioral aspects of patient care.

In small group tutorials, students work closely with individual faculty to explore information and develop clinical insights and professional behaviors. Professional practice is a fundamental component of the curriculum accomplished through integrated clinical experiences and fulltime clinical internships. Our graduates practice in a variety of health care settings with individuals of all ages. They're known for their excellent clinical skills, leadership and confidence.

Program Requirements

Students accepted into this 6-year accelerated program will obtain two degrees from Simmons University; a BS in Exercise Science after the fourth year and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) after the sixth year.

During the first three years, students fulfill requirements in the necessary basic and social sciences, liberal arts, and electives. Students will also complete the prerequisites for admission into the DPT program and the coursework required for a BS degree in Exercise Science. During the final three years, those students who meet the GPA criteria are enrolled in the DPT program in the School for Nursing and Health Sciences and take courses in the DPT curriculum.

In order to matriculate into the DPT program at the end of the junior year, students must have a grade of B or better in each prerequisite course and a 3.25 GPA or higher in the prerequisite courses as well as overall. If at any time a student's academic work, conduct, or health is unsatisfactory, they may be required to withdraw from the major.

For a description of the requirements and undergraduate curriculum, visit the Exercise Science major page. Visit the DPT program page for more information on its academic requirements and curriculum.

    Amy Heath
    • Amy Heath
    • Physical Therapy Department Chair & Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2633
    Randi Lite
    • Randi Lite
    • Professor of Practice and Program Director for Exercise Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2660
    • Office: S259A
    Justin Jones
    • Justin Jones
    • Associate Chair Physical Therapy Department and Associate Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2062
    • Office: S320
    • Jennifer Bottomley
    • Assistant Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2637
    Justin Beebe
    • Justin Beebe
    • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2029
    George Coggeshall
    Amitabh Dashottar
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    James Huddleston
    • James Huddleston
    • Professor of Practice, Physical Therapy
    • Phone: 617-521-2611
    • Office: S318
    Joel Lombard
    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
How to Apply

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For Transfer Students
You can apply to Simmons as an undergraduate transfer student and be considered for admission to the professional phase of the DPT program. You must complete five of the nine required prerequisite science courses at Simmons, and you must have a 3.25 GPA across the 9 science courses in order to be considered for matriculation into the profession program. Additionally, you will need to meet all the requirements for an undergraduate degree from Simmons as well as the requirement for health care experience before matriculation into the professional program.

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Our Students

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