The physical therapy department at Southwest Baptist University is dedicated to providing society with physical therapists who engage in the art and science of physical therapy with a Christian worldview. The graduate will be a clinician generalist who is prepared to provide physical therapy services for a diverse population in an evolving society and healthcare environment.
Application to the SBU DPT program is made through the PTCAS centralized application database.
The following requirements must be met before being admitted to the physical therapy program at SBU (courses in progress during semester(s) applying must be documented and completed prior to admission):
Prerequisite science classes must be current. Completion of each course sequence must be within seven years prior to admission to the PT program. Exceptions may be granted only if the applicant can show that knowledge of the course content is current. Applicants seeking an exception must submit a written petition with rationale for approval.
In the case of repeat prerequisite grades, the department will use the "best case" scenario for determining eligibility; however, an application penalty would be applied by reducing the overall score for each repeat grade present on the transcript. The grade for any science courses repeated due to the seven-year rule will be substituted for the old class regardless of the first grade received.
Applications not meeting the minimum GPA (either prerequisite or overall or both) will be scored and ranked for an alternate pool to be considered for conditional enrollment after all unconditional applications have been exhausted on a space available basis. Individuals requesting conditional enrollment are encouraged to meet with a physical therapy advisor and/or graduate admissions coordinator prior to application.
Annual Tuition, Fees and Costs:
|Course fee||$2,700 (3 year total)|
|Books and other supplies||$1,000|
Special or one-time fees and/or costs:
|Deposit (goes toward tuition)||$1,000|
|APTA membership (optional)||$100|
|Wellness Center membership (per semester, optional)||$162|
|Intramural fees (per season, optional)||$10|
As an SBU DPT student, you will have opportunity for various scholarship and financial aid offers. Additionally, you are encouraged to seek out private sources of scholarships and aid.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive any aid for which you may qualify, including the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Student Loan. SBU's recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 15. If you have questions, contact the SBU Office of Financial Aid at (417) 328-1822.
For more details about SBU DPT program financial information, including scholarship opportunities, please download the financial information guide.
Browse the archives of the annual magazine, "A Healing Mission," sent to alumni of the SBU Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The magazine provides news and updates from the program, stories about Global Health Outreach trips, faculty and alumni spotlights, and more.