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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Dr. Janelle K. O’Connell, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, LAT, Head of the Department of Physical Therapy

and Director of Graduate Studies in Physical Therapy

Hardin-Simmons University is pleased to offer a seven-semester Doctor of Physical Therapy

(DPT) degree. This entry-level professional degree prepares the graduate to be eligible for

licensure and entry into the profession as a physical therapist. It is not necessary for applicants to

hold a master’s degree to pursue the DPT. Applications are generally accepted a year in advance

by applying to PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application System:

www.ptcas.org

) between

July 1 and November 1. A new class begins each fall semester. There are two options for

admission to the physical therapy program at Hardin-Simmons University: the early admission

option and the post baccalaureate option.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical

Therapy Association.

Post-professional degree programs offered through the Department of Physical Therapy are not

eligible for, or subject to, CAPTE accreditation.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 1111 North Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 706-3245

accreditation@apta.org www.capteonline.org

Post Baccalaureate Option

The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or

university and have completed the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the physical

therapy program.

Early Admission Option

This option is available for students attending HSU or other institutions with which the program

in physical therapy has developed a cooperative agreement for early admission: a current list of

institutions participating in the early admission option can be obtained by calling or emailing the

department

(ptoffice@hsutx.edu)

. Students pursuing the early admission option complete most of

their requirements for a degree in biology/kinesiology as specified by the institution where they

are enrolled.

These requirements include courses needed for the major in biology/kinesiology, minor in an area

of their choice and university core/general education/liberal arts requirements. In addition, students

complete all courses needed to fulfill the prerequisite courses for the physical therapy program.

Students make application to PTCAS during their third year. If accepted into the physical therapy

program, selected upper division science course work during the first semester of the professional

phase of the physical therapy program will count toward the undergraduate major in

biology/kinesiology.

Transfer Credit

Due to the curricular design (cohort) and financial structure of the DPT program (price/semester),

it is extremely challenging to transfer into this program. Individuals will be considered on a case-

by case basis if the following conditions can be met: 1) graduate work from a regionally accredited

institution of higher education; 2) and official transcript of the work is on file in the Office of

Graduate Studies; 3) the work was completed during the last 10 years; 4) approval by the