Major Information

Our program enables you to earn a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in only six years. Once enrolled in Springfield College as an undergraduate student, you will begin with three years of study in the health science/pre-physical therapy bachelor’s degree program.

As a pre-physical therapy student, you will advance into the professional DPT component upon completion of the required credits, the program pre-requisites, and meeting our academic standards, including maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) or better. There is no formal re-application process. Admission into the physical therapy program is competitive, with more applications (approximately 350) than admission seats (approximately 45).

Admissions Criteria

Please note: for students applying for entry into the AT, PT, PA, OT, and education programs for fall 2021, we will be waiving the SAT/ACT requirement.

  • The average grade point average (GPA) of students admitted to the physical therapy program is a 3.5.
  • The average SAT score of students admitted to the physical therapy program is a 1250 (evidence-based reading/writing and math). The average ACT score of admitted students is a 27 (composite score).
  • Documented job shadowing hours (minimum 10) with a physical therapist (fill out this form)
  • Complete physical therapy supplemental essays within the Common Application
  • Four years of high school college preparatory mathematics (junior/senior year: pre-calculus, calculus, etc.) and grades of B+ or better
  • Four years of high school college preparatory science (junior/senior year: physics, AP biology, etc.) and grades of B+ or better
  • Other general Springfield College admissions requirements

Expected Standards

  • Achieving a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA by May of your third year
  • Achieving a minimum 3.3 GPA in your major requirements by May of third year
  • Earning a C or better in all undergraduate courses required for the program during the first three years (400-level and below)
  • Complying with all departmental standards for professional conduct and academic performance as specified in the Undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy Student Handbook

Physical Therapy Clinical Experiences

  • Springfield College has contracts with more than 150 clinical sites throughout the Northeast, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Multiple sites in the greater Springfield area are used for the part-time experiences as well.
  • Part-time integrated clinical experiences occur first, offering early guided exposure to patient management. You will complete four of these while taking classes and learning the clinical skills for patient management.
  • These integrated clinical experiences take place in area physical therapy practice settings and offer the student the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings, such as specialty clinics, acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term settings.
  • Three full-time 10-week clinical education experiences of 40 hours per week are included in the program’s curriculum. These take place in the third year of the DPT curriculum and follow the entry-level courses, allowing the student to be well prepared for patient management.