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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.
Highlights of SLU's Program in Physical Therapy
- SLU is affiliated with more than 300 clinical sites locally, nationally and internationally.
- 100 percent of SLU PT students passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) in 2011.
- Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy is ranked 34 out of 213 accredited physical therapy programs in the nation according to the most recent ranking by U.S. News and World Report rankings.
- SLU PT faculty and clinical staff provided clinical services at Student Health, SLU Hospital and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic with more than 3,500 patients served.
- Since its founding in 1933, the Program in Physical Therapy has a long history of educating excellent physical therapists. SLU was one of the first Jesuit institutions to offer a degree in physical therapy and has had continuous accreditation since the inception of the accreditation process.