Entry-Level DPT Program
Hardin-Simmons University is pleased to offer the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This professional degree can be pursued upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in a major of the candidate’s choice with completion of specified prerequisite courses. The DPT program at Hardin-Simmons University is competitive and fast-paced requiring 7 semesters (28 months) to complete.
This entry-level degree prepares the graduate to be eligible for state licensure and entry into the profession as a physical therapist. Admissions begin approximately 1 year before the start of the program. Applications are open from June 1 to October 15th for the class that will start in August of the following year. The application packet can be found under “Admissions” on this page. Our program only admits 28 students each year. Since this is a competitive program, many more students apply than can be accepted. The average overall, last 60 hours, and pre-requisite grade point average (GPA) of accepted applicants is 3.5 GPA. GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores are required and typically average 150 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections and 4.0 on the writing. Applicants must also complete observation hours under at least two different physical therapists in two different settings for a minimum of 40 hours in each setting. While a minimum of 80 observation hours are required, accepted students often have many more observation hours.
HSU provides a great environment for learning. The Mabee Hall Physical Therapy Building houses classrooms, a Learning Resource Center, laboratories for Anatomy, Applied Physiology and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, as well as faculty offices. An outstanding faculty is dedicated to teaching excellence and offer students personalized attention. HSU PT faculty have received national and state awards or teaching, service, research and exemplary clinical skills. HSU PT students have won state and national awards for service, research, knowledge and skills. All graduates are successful clinicians dedicated to their patients and community service. If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career, please consider the DPT program at Hardin-Simmons University!