Physical Therapy (DPT)

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program emphasizes clinical experience. This 3-year, full-time program is designed for men and women who have a bachelor's degree and have completed the necessary prerequisites. Learn more about the DPT program, curriculum, faculty and more!

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program should hold a BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or university abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. 

At minimum of 30 hours of physical therapy experience is required, which a licensed PT must verify hour using that PTCAS format. Students may be completing these required hours at the time of application but will need to provide written verification of remaining hours to the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) no later than May 1.

Application Procedure

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) subscribes to PTCAS. Please go to the PTCAS website for our program description and information about the application process.

The application deadline for summer admission is November 15. An applicant will be considered for review if the following requirements are submitted and completed by the deadline:

  1. Complete application
  2. Simmons essay and PTCAS essay
  3. Three letters of recommendation (should include a recommendation from an instructor, a practicing physical therapist and a professional)
  4. Official college transcripts from all institutions attended, whether or not a degree was earned
  5. Official GRE scores (the PTCAS GRE code for Simmons is 1610)
  6. Verified observation hours
  7. If applicable, additional requirements for international students
Please note that if you are currently taking prerequisites during the fall semester, the Office of Admission will also need an unofficial grade report for these courses. Applications should send a copy of their grade report as soon as it is available to the office via mail, email, or fax (617-521-3137. The grade report can be a screentshot of your student portal page that includes your name and the institution attended.

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions, whether or not a degree was awarded. This requirement includes courses which appear on another transcript as transfer or study abroad credit. If you attended a study abroad program and the grades appear on the transcript of your home institution, you do not need to submit a separate transcript. Check with the Registrar's Office of your undergraduate institution to confirm this. If there are no grades listed on your home institution's transcript, and a separate transcript exists, we require an official copy. 

Applicants who earned a degree abroad must submit an official (signed/sealed) transcript (marks sheet) in the original language and an official English translation, if needed, by someone other than the applicant, a family member or friend. An evaluation by a foreign credential agency may be required but such interpretations do not replace official academic records. Grades (marks) for each year are required not just end of year exam results or a copy of the degree earned. 

Please address and send all materials to:

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

SNHS also accepts electronic transcripts from certain vendors, including EScript Safe, Parchment, and The National Student Clearinghouse.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required, including a recommendation from an instructor, a practicing physical therapist and a professional. We cannot accept recommendations from family members, friends, religious personnel, coaches, politicians or people for whom you provided childcare since we need evaluations from individuals who can assess your academic ability to engage in graduate studies.

We cannot accept Committee Recommendations (one letter which includes a series of paragraphs from individual faculty members or a series of faculty letters) or letters of reference on file in a Career Education or Career Resources Center because three separate letters of recommendation are required.

Standardized Tests

Applicants must take the GRE within 5 years before the application deadline. The PTCAS GRE score code is: 1610. We look for minimum scores of 150 (verbal reasoning), 144 (quantitative reasoning), and 4.0 (analytical writing).

Enrollment Deposit

Accepted students who wish to enroll must submit a non-refundable $750 enrollment deposit by the date indicated in the letter offering admission. This deposit is applied to the first term bill. 

Re-application Procedure

An applicant who wishes to re-apply must do so via PTCAS. An updated resume, new recommendations and a statement about why you are re-applying must be included in your personal statement. Additionally, if courses were taken after the initial application, official transcripts must be submitted.

Prerequisites

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.

SNHS_Syllabus_Review_Process.pdf

SNHS_Syllabus_Data_Form.pdf

International Students

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) welcomes applications from international students for the DPT program. 

Visa Requirements and Full-Time Academic Status

Due to immigration stipulations, international students requiring a student visa to study in the U.S. must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting academic program. 

Additionally, if you are currently in the U.S. and have any visa other than an F-1, you must check with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding procedures for changing your visa status. International students requiring an F-1 visa cannot enroll in non-degree courses nor can they be admitted provisionally pending completion of admission 

Prerequisites

If residing abroad when applicant earned a degree abroad, he/she must have completed all prerequisites before applying to the program. For more information on the prerequisites refer to the "Prerequisites" tab.

Required Academic Records

In the U.S. academic records or mark sheets are called "transcripts" (this is the term used throughout this website). All applicants who have studied abroad must submit official (signed in original ink and stamped with a seal) academic records for study completed at all universities (including schools where no degree or certificate was earned by the student). These documents should include end-of-year result sheets for each year of university study, national exam results, and a copy of degrees or certificates, both in the native language and English translations. Photocopies or facsimiles of mark sheets and exam results for the final year alone are not acceptable. Additionally, the academic records may need to be evaluated by an agency specified by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Degrees earned abroad must be from an institution of higher learning which is officially recognized by the home country's Ministry of Education.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences may require an evaluation of an applicant's academic credentials from abroad. These evaluation reports do not replace the need for signed/sealed academic records. These reports are interpretations of a student's academic history and U.S. colleges and universities may accept all or partial information in these assessments.

A "college" abroad usually means a secondary institution whereas in the U.S., a college is an institution providing higher education. A college can be part of a larger university or represent a singular institution such as Simmons College. Academic records from overseas colleges which are actually secondary schools (high schools in the U.S.) are not required as part of the application process. Courses taken at the secondary level do not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for application and admission to a graduate program. A baccalaureate in the U.S. is a first university degree. Many overseas systems award baccalaureates which represent the completion of secondary education or a year beyond.

Required Standardized Test Results

Students whose first language is not English (regardless of citizenship) must submit official scores of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), taken within two years prior to the application deadline. No other English proficiency exam is acceptable. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language not citizenship.

Applicants who have graduated from post-secondary institutions abroad (recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country) in English-speaking countries only or applicants who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree at regionally accredited U.S. institutions do not need to submit TOEFL.

The minimum acceptable score is 570 (Paper Test) or 230 (Computer Test) or 88 (Internet based). Copies of student score reports are not acceptable. Please be certain to take the TOEFL 2-3 months in advance of the deadline to assure that we receive an official score report on time. The SNHS code is 3761.

Further information about this exam can be obtained by directly contacting TOEFL; Educational Testing Service; P.O. Box 6151; Princeton, New Jersey; 08541-6151; telephone: 215-750-8050 or their website.

Applications cannot be reviewed without the receipt of these test scores. It is very important that applicants register for these exams well in advance of applying for admission.

Required Financial Documentation

All non-U.S. citizens who will require a student visa for study in the U.S. must provide accurate and current (within six months prior to applying) evidence of ability to pay for the cost of a Simmons education. These costs are variable (but include fixed and living costs beyond tuition) and outlined on the Certification of Finances Form. This form is available by calling the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605.

This form must be completed and returned directly to the SNHS Office of Admission. In addition, an original signed statement from the applicant's sponsor indicating a willingness to provide financial support and a statement from the sponsor's bank verifying the availability of sufficient funds must be received. All documents must be signed in original ink, written in English, and funds must be shown in U.S. dollars ($).

It is very important for the applicant to inquire about the regulations in the home country concerning transfer of funds. Applications cannot be reviewed without certification and documentation of financial resources. This information is required in order to process an I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa.

Arrival at Simmons College

It is important that international students plan properly to arrive at the required time to commence their studies. Allow ample time for obtaining immigration documents, shipping personal items and adjustment due to time and climactic changes. Students will NOT be allowed to enroll in classes if they arrive after classes have officially started. It is imperative that students allow adequate time for moving, student orientation, and establishing contacts.

Tuition and Fees

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Apply Now

Application deadline for summer 2018 will be November 15, 2017.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) subscribes to PTCAS. Please go to the PTCAS website for more information about the application process and application.