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 Pre-Physical Therapy Options at Slippery Rock University 



Physical therapists are health care professionals who work with people of all ages, in a variety of settings, and in conjunction with many different professionals (physicians, social workers, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, etc.). The job of being a PT can be physically demanding. Physical therapists are often required to lift patients, stand for long periods of time, stoop, kneel, and crouch. The work week is typically 40 hours, but many times evening and weekend hours are necessary to accommodate patient schedules.

The employment outlook for physical therapists is very good, especially considering our aging population and the fact that people are living longer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle 50 percent of PTs earn between $60,300-$85,540.

Slippery Rock University continues to be a leader in the field of physical therapy as our program was the third in the United States to transition from a master’s level program to a doctoral level. The curriculum is a blend of 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. Another point of pride that the program boasts is our state-of-the-art facility. The PT building consists of 6 plinth labs, motion analysis lab, gross anatomy lab, and a Learning Resource Center that is limited to current DPT students. Please visit our website to get additional information about our facility.

It is important to understand that physical therapy is a graduate program. Therefore, students who are in high school cannot apply directly into the PT Program. High school students must first choose an undergraduate major to serve as a "Pre-PT" curriculum. Slippery Rock University offers a very unique opportunity for students to accelerate the process of obtaining a DPT. This is what is referred to as 3+3 or Fast Track. This option is limited to SRU students only, and offers five (5) majors to choose from. The five 3+3 majors are:

Students are not required to pursue the accelerated track, nor are students limited to these programs of study. Students interested in the traditional (4+3) pace, have the option to choose any major that is offered. Students typically choose a major with an emphasis in the natural sciences and must fulfill all of the prerequisite classes as set forth by the School of Physical Therapy. The nine (9) prerequisites are:

  • One year of Anatomy & Physiology with labs 
  • One year of Chemistry with labs
  • One year of Physics with labs
  • One year of Psychology
  • One course in Statistics

Each year, fifty (50) students are admitted to the DPT Program at Slippery Rock University. The only guarantee is that ten (10) of the seats will be 3+3 students, while the remaining forty (40) are open to the pool of applicants. Recently, the program has received between 200-300 applications for the fifty available seats. The average GPA of students who enroll is typically above a 3.6 in the undergraduate program, while the average GRE scores are consistently over 1000.

For additional information related to the DPT and Slippery Rock University, please refer to the DPT fact sheet.

For video information, you may view our DPT videos on YouTube. This will provide you with two videos totaling approximately twelve (12) minutes that will highlight our program’s faculty, students, and facilities.

Lastly, you may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-929-4778. We look forward to speaking with you, and thank you for your interest in Slippery Rock University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.