2019-20 Applicants

Samuel Merritt University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Kasie Lemmer-Pollard
Admission Counselor & Recruiter
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue
Office of Admission, Suite 1000
Oakland CA, 94609
(510) 879-9200
admission@samuelmerritt.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Samuel Merritt University does not give preference to in-state applicants.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
39
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
20%

Sex

% Male
39%
% Female
61%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
5%
% Asian
31%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
39%
% Two or More Races
18%
% Declining to State
5%

Program Description more...

The entry-level, DPT program is designed around several important approaches to learning so that graduates excel in serving patients and clients as practitioners capable of autonomous decisions as part of a health care team. Courses are designed to progressively build critical thinking, clinical decision-making and clinical reasoning skills with increasingly complex patient problems. Courses that focus on learning the practice of physical therapy are closely integrated with the basic sciences such as anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. Pharmacology, imaging and the medical management of the patients are simultaneously covered in concert with the clinical practice application and skills courses. Reflective of a holistic approach to practice, students learn to focus their attention on physical as well as psychological and sociocultural factors that impact individuals’ physical movement abilities, including social and structural determinants of health. Practice considerations for physical therapy services through the lifespan, are interwoven in the patient/client management course series focused on patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary systems involvement and acute general medical conditions. There is additional, specific course content that address the unique needs of other patient populations served by physical therapists, including pediatrics, geriatrics, and patients with amputations, wounds, and pelvic health concerns. Students have integrated simulated and real clinical experiences during their first and second year coursework under the mentorship of faculty and community-based physical therapists during which they are able to see patients who have conditions similar to those being covered in the classroom, so that classroom learning is immediately reinforced with clinical experience, and students are well-prepared for each clinical placement ahead of time. Students also provide free services to underserved community members under faculty supervision during three of their on-campus courses. The importance of communication and relationship between the physical therapist and patients in a culturally diverse environment, and the multiple roles of physical therapists in the health care system are also addressed throughout the program. Students finish the program by completing a longer terminal clinical experience, enabling them to graduate as skilled and confident physical therapist contributors to the health care teams they join as they begin their careers.

There are many distinguishing features of the DPT program at Samuel Merritt University.

* You will have multiple opportunities for hands-on active learning during the classroom portions of the curriculum. This includes extensive opportunities for simulated clinical practice in our state of the art Health Sciences Simulation Center, and opportunities to study human movement in our Motion Analysis Research Center.

* You will work with excellent faculty who are nationally recognized in their areas of expertise, which extend to not only specialty clinical practice areas but also include experts in best practices for optimal teaching and learning of graduate health professions students. These faculty have as their primary focus a dedication to work with our students to achieve their goal of becoming the best physical therapists they can be, and to provide the best care possible to their future patients.

* Students are introduced to evidence-based practice in their first semester in the program and these skills are developed and reinforced in all courses. During the program you will work in small seminar groups to develop an evidence-based capstone project, either a case report or a systematic review. Each year, some graduates are accepted to present their projects at major State and National conferences due to the high quality of their work.

* You will join a program, a faculty, and a University community dedicated to transforming the experience of health and health care for diverse populations.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

PTCAS e-submit Deadline - October 1st.

The PTCAS application needs to be completed and submitted by 10/01/19. 

Strong preference given to those who have shown demonstrated interest by attending an on campus Interactive Information Session. Two to four sessions will be held annually. 2019 Interactive Information Sessions will be held Friday, July 26th at 3:30pm, Saturday, September 21st at 9am (remove mention of November date). Contact SMU for further details:  http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/dpt/events 

Prerequisite classes need to be completed - by the end of the spring term 2020.

Classes begin - August 24, 2020.

For a more detailed and updated timeline of the admission process please see our website. http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admissions/dpt/timeline


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Samuel Merritt University Physical Therapy program participates in the PTCAS Early Decision option. Prospective students who know that Samuel Merritt University is their first choice are invited to apply through the early decision process. Complete applications for early decision are due to PTCAS by August 15. Detailed information about the Early Decision process is available on the PTCAS website. SMU does not give preference to those who apply early, but rather, all applicants will be held to the same admission standards.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$350.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.53
Last 60 Semester (or 90 Quarter) Unit GPA
3.00
3.34
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Course Repeat Policy:

Last 60 Unit GPA: Only the most chronologically recent 60 semester/90 quarter (Last 60) units will be calculated for this GPA, by PTCAS. Cumulative (all college) GPA is no longer considered.

Prerequisite GPA: Courses satisfying a prerequisite requirement may be repeated once if the initial grade earned is a C+ or below. If a prerequisite course is repeated, the new grade will replace the original in the prerequisite GPA calculation if available at the time of application submission.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7593

Observation Hours

 
40 hours of PT experience (either paid, volunteer or shadowing) are required. Documented experience in more than one setting is recommended, including both outpatient and inpatient settings, in order to demonstrate exposure to the multiple practice environments where physical therapists work. Total number of hours determined at time of application; planned hours will not count towards meeting this requirement.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Supplemental Materials are NOT required. If you have a Prerequisite Worksheet filled out by one of our admission counselors or other documents you would like to submit at this time, please do so in the "Applicant Uploaded" documents section of the application. This is NOT a requirement.

Please note, our supplemental questions= our interview questions and are weighted as such.
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Two letters of reference are required; one from a professor/faculty member (any subject) that addresses your academic preparedness for a DPT program and the other from a physical therapist who has supervised you in a clinical environment (inpatient or outpatient, shadowing, volunteer or employment). Up to four letters will be accepted; all four letter will be reviewed. Only the additional letters may be from sources other than a PT or a professor.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission; if required, a score of 100 must be achieved and official score results must be provided.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
You may have classes in progress at the time of application. Classes must be completed by the end of the spring term 2019.

GPA Calculation and Course Repeat Policy

Overall GPA: All grades earned will be included in the overall GPA calculation. If a course is repeated, both the initial and repeat grade will be included in the overall GPA calculation.

Prerequisite GPA: Courses satisfying a prerequisite requirement may be repeated once if the initial grade earned is a C+ or below. If a prerequisite course is repeated, the new grade will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation if available at the time of application.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
4 semester units or 6 quarter units must be fulfilled by an Introduction to or General Biology course, advanced Biology will not be accepted for this requirement.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Introduction to Chemistry, Principles of, or Fundamentals of Chemistry courses will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry 1
Chemistry II
Introduction to Chemistry, Principles of, or Fundamentals of Chemistry will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry 2
Physics I
Physics does not need to be calculus based. Anything in Physics department, with lab, will accepted. Courses not in Physics departments will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Physics does not need to be calculus based. Anything in Physics department, with lab, will be accepted. Courses not in Physics departments will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Introduction to or General Psychology fulfills this requirement. Advanced Psychology classes will not be considered in lieu of these classes. AP Psych credits will also be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
We will accept courses that meet the unit requirement, so long as Statistics is in the title. Research Methods accepted on case by case basis. AP Stats credits will also be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics