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 Department of Physical Therapy 



Doctor of Physical Therapy Brochure

The Physical Therapy program admits for the fall semester only.

Application review begins on November 1st. The class size is limited to 50 students, so it is in the applicants best interest to have their application complete prior to November 1stIt is recommended to complete your applicant file at least two weeks prior to the deadline to allow for processing. 
(Applications will be accepted after this date until all 50 seats are filled.)


SRU GSPT Diversity Scholarship

The Slippery Rock University physical therapy program was only the third in the United States to transition from a master's level program to the Doctor of Physical Therapy. It is a professional doctorate degree designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice in physical therapy.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email; website:

The Graduate School of Physical Therapy integrates basic science with clinical practice. There are nine full-time and several part-time faculty members. Seven of the full-time faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and five are engaged in clinical practice.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The variety of available clinical sites and length of time spent in clinical rotations are another of the program’s strengths. Clinical Experience I is two weeks in the summer preceding the start of the second year. Clinical Experience II is five weeks in the fall of the second year. Clinical Experience III is 15 weeks in the fall of the third year and Clinical Experience IV is 15 weeks in the spring of the third year.

Students also have an opportunity to pursue special interests related to physical therapy in Professional Exploration I and II. These courses are designed to provide additional experience in a clinical specialty area, research, teaching, administration, and service.

Doctor of Physical TherapyThere are two options for pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at SRU:

  • Traditional 3-year, full-time, entry level
  • 3 Undergraduate years + 3 graduate years (for SRU undergraduates only)

For admission and course information, please open the FACT SHEET   

Graduate Coordinator:
Carol Martin-Elkins, M.P.T., Ph. D.

Physical Therapy Building
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
724.738.2080 (Office)
724.738.2113 (Fax)
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SRU Codes:
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Office of Graduate Admissions
Welcome Center,
105 North Hall
One Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1236
Phone 724-738-2051
Fax 724-738-2146
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania