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Boston University (A2, A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 10/16/2006
Address:   Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Boston University
635 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone:   (617)353-2720
Fax:   (617)353-9463
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (617)353-2720
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Julie Anne Starr, PT, MS, CCS
Interim Director
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, March 1932 (no longer offered) Master's degree, April 1977 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The professional program for post-baccalaureate entrants begins at the end of May; for undergraduate students, the end of June. The program concludes after the final clinical internship 35 months later.
Students participate in a minimum of 46-weeks of clinical experiences. Settings include acute care/orthopedics after the first year, rehabilitation or neurology during the second year and a special interest clinical experience in the final clinical internship. There are more than 1,000 clinical sites in the United States, representing the spectrum of contemporary physical therapy practice.
Thirty thousand students from all over the world are enrolled at Boston University. Sixty professional students graduate from the physical therapy program each year.
Students are accepted into the combined BS/DPT program as freshmen or into the DPT program as post-baccalaureate entrants. A 3.0 GPA is required of BS/DPT students for matriculation into the professional portion of the program and required for all students in order to graduate from the professional program. Volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting are required for all BS/DPT and DPT students prior to matriculation into the professional program. The GREs are also required for all post-baccalaureate entrants. Prerequisites for post-baccalaureate students include 1 semester of biology (w/lab), statistics, developmental psychology, and exercise physiology; 2 semesters (including labs) of chemistry, physics, and anatomy and physiology . BS/DPT students have three years (six semesters) of pre-professional study, which includes all prerequisite coursework. The application review process begins on January 10th and will continue until the class size is complete. For information regarding admission contact Jessica Trudeau (
The tuition for the 2006-07 academic year is $33,330. Major additional costs include the first summer ($4,000 for BS/DPT; $6,000 post-bac), clinical education fee of ($1,042) per credit, and approximately $1,000 for books and expenses per year. Dormitory housing is available for undergraduates (room and board are approximately $11,008). Students in the final 2 years generally live off campus. Undergraduate aid is strong, with 80% of BS/DPT students receiving a form of aid. At the graduate level approximately 80% of DPT students receive some aid.
Students come to Boston University for the rigorous academic environment of an excellent research institution as well as to live in an exciting and vibrant city. The large urban campus offers a wide spectrum of services and resources such as our new Fitness and Recreational Center. Living in Boston means that you are a T ride away from cultural and historical attractions, sporting franchises and contemporary venues. Boston is also at the forefront of innovating medical care.