Major in Physical Therapy (PT)
Offered by Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in exercise science and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) six-year program
Saint Louis University Physical Therapy Degree Overview
Saint Louis University offers a freshman-entry physical therapy program that allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in six years. SLU was among the first Jesuit institutions to offer a degree in physical therapy and is one of the top programs of its kind, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Once accepted into the PT program at SLU, you will progress through the entire program without the need to reapply or take a graduate entrance exam, provided you meet the program's academic and professional behavior standards. At the conclusion of the program, you will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science (four years) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (two additional years).
What You'll Learn in SLU's Physical Therapy Program
SLU's physical therapy program is divided into two portions. During your first three years, you will complete the pre-professional phase. The professional phase takes place over the next three years. This progression provides a seamless entry from foundational coursework to practical labs and clinical experiences.
During the professional phase, you will enroll in coursework specific to the PT profession and complete 40 weeks of full-time clinical internships. Students begin their clinical experience in the spring of the senior year. Elective courses in the physical therapy curriculum and clinical exposure offer you advanced knowledge and skills in specialty areas.
What Can You Do With a Physical Therapy Degree from SLU?
Graduates in SLU's PT program report a 99 percent employment rate. After graduation, students must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to obtain a license to practice physical therapy. The three-year average (including the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013) of SLU physical therapy graduates who pass the National Physical Therapy Examination is 99.1 percent.
Graduates of SLU's physical therapy program enjoy employment in a variety of settings, including
- Out-patient clinics
- Long-term rehabilitation facilities
- Collegiate and professional sports programs
- Patient homes
- Fitness centers