Simmons College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Simmons College




Simmons College (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 02/08/2005
Address:   Professional Program in Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Phone:   (617)521-2635
Fax:   (617)521-3032
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (617)521-2650
Financial Aid Phone:   (617)521-2036
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Shelley Goodgold, PT, ScD
Acting Department Chair
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, October 1947 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, September 1989 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2014
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The professional curriculum begins in July and continues for a total of 9 semesters including 3 summer sessions. The average semester includes 16 semester hours. Students are in class approximately 20 hours per week. Many courses are taught in a problem-based, format with significant emphasis on small group work and the development of self-directed learning. In the final year, students choose an elective track in either management/administration or health promotion/wellness. Degrees are conferred in May. Clinical Internships may extend 4 to 10 months after graduation. Graduates of the program are prepared as generalists who are capable of working in a variety of health care settings.
Integrated part-time and full-time, clinical education experiences are part of the professional curriculum. There is a culminating clinical internship of 6-12 months.
There are six full-time faculty members and 20-25 part-time clinical adjunct faculty. Three of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees and two are certified clinical specialists. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged five publications in peer-reviewed journals. The full-time faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:12.
Simmons College has a total enrollment of 4,323 students. Undergraduate students are women only and number 1,823. Graduate students number 2,500 and are composed of men and women. In the past 3 years, class size has averaged 25 students. Simmons College is a private institution; therefore, no preference is given to state residents.
Of those considered for the program, preference is given to those who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in prerequisite courses. Prerequisites for first-year students include 2 semesters in each: chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, and psychology; and 1 semester of biology, exercise physiology and statistics. Science courses must have labs. The Graduate Record Examination (taken within the past 5 years) is also required for admission to the program. Thirty or more hours of experience, volunteer or paid, in a health care setting are required. Approximately one-half of the students in each class are accepted into the program from Simmons. Those accepted to Simmons undergraduate college as freshmen who meet the academic requirements established by the program, are eligible to progress into the professional curriculum as seniors. The other half of each class consists of students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from other institutions. The application deadline for admission is January 1.
90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
For the 2004-05 academic year, the tuition is $760 per semester hour. The fee for room and board is approximately $5,712 per semester. There is approximately $1,685 in additional fees for the year. For specific information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-521-2001.`
Simmons' students benefit from the college's location in Boston, a city steeped in historical and cultural tradition. It is one of the world's largest medical centers, with more than 70 hospitals, dozens of health centers, and hundreds of other health-related organizations. On-campus housing is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. The cost of off-campus housing varies according to the location and size of the apartment. Parking is only available to students who live off-campus. The college has an athletic center that includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor track, a dance studio, a weight room, a cardiovascular fitness room, an indoor rowing tank, racquetball courts, squash courts, and a large gym. Simmons College is located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, neighbor to the Harvard medical, dental, and public health schools and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's, and Children's hospitals. Simmons is also near many of Boston's cultural, educational, and social centers with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum next door and the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and Fenway Park within a 5-minute walk. A world-class library provides electronic access to many health related journals.