Physical Therapy

Saint Louis University offers an early assurance physical therapy program that allows you to complete your undergraduate and doctoral 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 the U.S. News & World Report.


Major in Physical Therapy

SLU's physical therapy program, offered through the Doisy College of Health Sciences, is divided into two portions: a three-year pre-professional phase (freshman, sophomore, junior) followed by a three-year professional phase starting your senior year. This progression provides a seamless entry from foundational coursework to practical labs and clinical experiences. (View the curriculum.)

During the professional phase, you will enroll in coursework specific to the PT profession and complete 40 weeks of full-time clinical internships.

SLU’s PT program is flexible enough to allow students to study in Madrid during their junior year in the pre-professional phase for an immersing international experience.
Students begin their clinical experience in the spring of their senior year.  

SLU is affiliated with more than 300 clinical sites locally, nationally and internationally, and the three-year average of SLU physical therapy graduates who pass the National Physical Therapy Examination is 99.1 percent.

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior physical therapy students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

  • DPT 1111: Student Development I
  • DPT 1212: Student Development II
  • DPT 2113: Student Development III
  • DPT 2214: Student Development IV
  • DPT 3230: Exercise Physiology
  • DPT 4021: Kinesiology I
  • DPT 4122: Kinesiology II
  • DPT 4125: Therapeutic Modalities
  • DPT 4127: Basic Exam
  • DPT 4131: Survey of Disease
  • DPT 4146: Developmental Biology
  • DPT 4226: Therapeutic Exercise
  • DPT 4228: Basic Procedures
  • DPT 4241: Clinical Research and Design
  • DPT 4247: Human Growth and Development
  • DPT 4276: Documentation
  • DPT 4290: Skills Practicum
  • DPT 5132: Pharmacology
  • DPT 5133: Lab Studies and Imaging
  • DPT 5261: Musculoskeletal Conditions I
  • ANAT 4000: Gross Anatomy
  • ANAT 4300: Neuroscience
Internships and Careers

After graduation, students must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to obtain a license to practice physical therapy.

Graduates of SLU’s physical therapy program work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term rehabilitation facilities, collegiate and professional sports, schools, patient homes and fitness centers.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Admission requirements for SLU’s PT program include four years of high school science, including biology and chemistry (physics is strongly encouraged but not required); four years of math, including a level equivalent to precalculus; and four years of English.

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 on a 4.0 scale, with an emphasis on math and science is required for standard admission. Students accepted into the program in fall 2016 had an average GPA of 4.0 and ACT composite score of 29.

SLU offers an early acceptance admission process for students with an ACT composite score of 30 or higher with math and science subsections scoring at least a 28 (or equivalent SAT scores), a high school GPA of 3.85 on a 4.0 scale and an outstanding high school academic record.

Your application for admission into the PT program must be complete no later than Dec. 1. Late applications are not considered. All supporting documents (including test scores, transcripts and class schedules) must be received no later than Jan. 6.​

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The Program in Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Telephone: 703-706-3245
Get outcomes, technical standards and additional program information.


SLU PT program

Students in SLU's PT program begin clinical experiences their senior year. 

Early Assurance Program

DPT Program Direct Admission

Saint Louis University's physical therapy program admits students directly to the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum as freshmen. After enrolling, you will continue in the program without additional application procedures as long as the academic and professional requirements are met.