- Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Admission
For applicants to the freshman-entry Program in Physical Therapy
Effective immediately, high school seniors applying for Fall 2016 admission have two possible routes for acceptance into the SLU Program in Physical Therapy. The deadline for both routes is December 1, 2015.
- Early Acceptance Admission: Students with an ACT composite score of 30 or higher with math and science subsections scoring at least a 28 ACT (or equivalent SAT scores), high school GPA of 3.85/4.0 and an outstanding high school academic record (with an emphasis placed on excellence in math and science courses) will be considered for early acceptance to the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.*
- Standard Admission: Students with an ACT composite score of 25 or higher with no subsection below a 23 (or equivalent SAT scores) and a high school GPA of 3.2/4.0 will be considered for the standard selective admission process for the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.
* If a student is not accepted through the early acceptance process, he/she will automatically be considered for the standard selective admission process.
Students must have a strong college preparatory curriculum in high school including:
- 4 years of science, including biology and chemistry. Physics is strongly encouraged but not required.
- 4 years of math, including a level equivalent to Pre-Calculus.
- 4 years of English
- An outstanding high school academic record, with an emphasis placed on excellence in math and science courses.
- 3.2/4.0 GPA
- ACT composite of 25 with no subsection below a 23, or equivalent SAT scores.
- The Program in Physical Therapy does not consider the scores on the writing section.
- Admission to the Program in Physical Therapy is on a selective basis.
- The due date for completed applications is December 1. Late applications are not considered.
- In order for applications to be considered complete, prospective students must apply to Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy through the online application and indicate physical therapy as your intended major OR submit their application via the Common Application. Prospective students who choose to apply via the Common Application are strongly recommended to also check with the Office of Admission to make sure that their application was received. You can reach the Office of Admission at (314) 977-2500.
- You will receive notice of your admission status to the University before you receive notification of your admission status to the Program in Physical Therapy.
- Notification of your admission status through the selective admit process typically will occur by February 1
- Although recommendation letters are optional for applying to the Program in Physical Therapy, they may be helpful if extenuating circumstances exist.
- While we encourage observation or volunteer hours in a PT clinic before you apply, completion of 30 hours is not required until the beginning of your sophomore year.
For more information regarding post-baccalaureate programs in physical therapy refer to the American Physical Therapy Association.
If you would like to visit the Program in Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University you can schedule an appointment to meet with a faculty member and students, tour the PT facilities, see the entire University campus, spend the night, and attend a class. To arrange for these opportunities visit the SLU Admissions website (beabilliken.com) or contact them by phone (800.SLU.FOR.U).
For questions regarding general information please email the Program in Physical Therapy at email@example.com.
If you would like to visit the Program in Physical Therapy to learn more about us and speak with a faculty member, there are many opportunities to do so.
Saint Louis University's freshman entry Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum takes six years, including two summers. Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (BSES) after completion of the first four years, and the DPT degree after successful completion of the additional two post-baccalaureate years. Elective courses in the physical therapy curriculum and clinical exposure help students gain advanced knowledge and skills in specialty areas. In addition to the DPT program, students pursue minors and double majors.
A unique feature of Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy is that you are admitted directly into the program as a freshman. After enrolling, you will continue in the program without additional application procedures as long as the academic and professional requirements are met.
Curriculum Outline: Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry Level)
The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy is a freshman entry program with students completing a 6-year program combining a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. Typically, a group of 90-100 students are admitted to the freshman year and, on average, 80-85 of those students successfully move into the professional phase of the program. The attrition is a result of students changing majors, leaving the university, or not meeting academic and/or professional behavior requirements.
Based on this curricular model, transfer admission to the Program in Physical Therapy is highly unlikely, both in the pre professional phase and in the professional phase. In the unlikely event that space is available for transfer students, admission is highly competitive.
If you are a student with a baccalaureate degree and seeking admission to the SLU Program in Physical Therapy, you must complete an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service. However, we are not accepting applications for the classes entering the professional program May 2015 through May 2017. This is evaluated on an annual basis. A decision about acceptance of applications for May 2018 and beyond will be made at a future date.
For current Saint Louis University students without a baccalaureate degree and interested in transfer admission to the Program in Physical Therapy, you can make an inquiry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the present time, students enrolled at a college other than Saint Louis University and without a degree will not be considered for transfer admission to the Program in Physical Therapy.
Please review the attached document below for details about transfer admission to the Program in Physical Therapy: