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Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)


Application for entry to summer 2015 is now closed. Please check this website  in summer 2015 for information about applying for entry to summer 2016.

This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the DPT program. If you have questions, please check the FAQs on the website first, and then feel free to email us at or call us at

Note that our TOEFL and GRE code is 3761 and our FAFSA Code is 002208.

Since there are six admission offices at Simmons College,to avoid delay, please send any required paper materials to:

Office of Admission
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Room S332
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Requirements for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Applicants to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree should hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or university abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country.

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)
  • Psychology (two semesters)
  • Statistics (one semester)

* with labs

All courses should be equal to one semester in length. Thus, two quarters may be required to equal one semester.

All courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. These prerequisite courses must  have been graded and may not have been completed on a pass/fail basis or audited. CLEP and AP (Advanced Placement) scores are not accepted in lieu of these courses. Combined courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (A/P) are acceptable. Two semesters are required.

Only two of the prerequisite courses may be outstanding during the 2014-'15 academic year. For example, if a student is completing two prereqs in the fall or spring term or one prereq in the fall term and one prereq in the following spring term, he/she is eligible to apply. If however, a student is taking more than two prereqs in the fall or spring terms, that person is ineligible to apply.

A minimum of two prereqs may have been retaken once, regardless of grades earned and whether or not the course was retaken at the same or different institution. Course titles may differ but if the content is the same, it is considered a repeat. For example, if a student took Chemistry I (Inorganic Chemistry content) and then took a course titled Inorganic Chemistry and repeated Anatomy,that person may apply. If this same student also retook Physiology, he/she is not eligible to apply.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses and an overall grade point average of 3.0 are required for application review. It is expected that a grade of B or better was earned in each prereq course. Students enrolled in quarter or trimester systems may need to complete/submit grades for multiple terms to equate to a semester. Individuals should not apply with GPAs less than 3.0 in either category.

If applicants have questions about whether a particular course meets our admission requirements, they should contact the Office of Admissions at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, 617-521-2605. If admitted, the student must submit an official transcript for the missing courses as soon as possible and before the end of June. Transcripts for students taking courses or graduating in May may not arrive at Simmons until July. Thus, to expedite enrollment, students should send a copy of their grade reports or a statement on letterhead stationery from each professor indicating the grade earned. Final official transcripts will be required in order to finalize the admissions process and must be received by SNHS before the first graduate PT course begins in late June.

At least 30 hours of physical therapy or physical rehab experience is required. Students may be completing these required hours at the time of application but verification of missing hours is required if student is admitted and before enrollment in the first graduate PT course in late June.

All candidates must submit official GRE scores. Please take the GRE no later than October 1 in order for SNHS to receive the official paper score by the application deadline date.SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores. Allow 4-6 weeks for official scores to arrive at Simmons.

All candidates whose first language is not English, regardless of language of schooling or citizenship, must submit official scores of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The required minimum TOEFL score is 570 (paper test), 230 (computer test), or 88 (internet test). TOEFL does not replace GRE nor are any other English proficiency exams accepted. Official paper scores for both exams are required from ETS since the School of Nursing and Health Science is unable to accept electronic scores.

Application Procedure for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences(SNHS) uses an electronic application. Submission of the electronic application is but one part of the process. All official transcripts, verification of observation hours and official test scores must be received at  the SNHS. Once you submit our electronic application, please check the self-service portal to determine that all required application materials have been received. If something is listed as not received, it is because the materials have not yet been attached to your application.

It is especially important that you provide us with your fall term's grades. Submit a copy of your grade report for the term directly to SNHS since an official transcript will not arrive until after our application deadline. This is of particular importance if you take prereq courses in the fall term.

You may scan these grades and send them to or fax them to 617-521-3137. Do not cut and paste the grades from your institutional portal as this is illegible. Be certain to include your name, the school you attended and what SNHS program you are applying to. Final official transcripts will be required if you are accepted and enroll.

We cannot guarantee that late applications will be accepted or reviewed.

International students should commence the application process well in advance of the application deadline. Official transcripts providing proof of completion of all admission requirements will be necessary from all accepted and deposited students before enrolling in the program.


Three recommendations are required: one from a current practicing physical therapist, one from an instructor and one from a professional reference. You are required to provide the names and email addresses of three references who will be sent an email inviting them to complete and submit a rating form and a written recommendation on letterhead stationery. References will send this information electronically. All recommendations are due on the application deadline.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants will be selected for admission based on the strength of their application, including pre-requisite science GPA, overall GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, personal statement, and healthcare experiences. Select applicants will be invited for required interviews by PT faculty.

Admission decisions will be sent via mail in mid-February for entry to summer.

Campus Visits

Campus visits are encouraged for individuals interested in the program. Contact the PT Department
(617-521-2635) to arrange to meet individually with faculty, attend a class, and meet current physical therapy students.

Prerequisite Course Registration

In some cases, when an applicant has many prerequisite courses to complete, it is possible to register through the Dorothea Dix Scholar's Program (undergraduate adult continuing education department). These courses are offered on campus during the day during the academic year. For any questions regarding this process, the Dix Office can be reached at 617-521-2500 and

Enrollment Deposit

Accepted students who wish to enroll must submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit by the date indicated in the letter offering admission. This deposit is applied to the first term bill. No extensions to the deposit due date can be granted.

Reapplication Procedure

An applicant who wishes re-apply must contact the Office of Admission at either 617-521-2605 or to determine what is required.