The Biology Department offers a 3+3 option for students interested in a career in physical therapy. Undergraduate students work with their academic advisor to complete the courses needed to fulfill the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and the entrance requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
The first year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program meets the requirements for the fourth year of the undergraduate degree. Approved undergraduate majors in Public Health, Safety Management, Therapeutic Recreation, and Exercise Science are also available for the 3+3 option. Other majors can be used to pursue the DPT, but students cannot apply until after completing their undergraduate degree and they, too, must meet all DPT admission criteria.
Requirements for the Physical Therapy 3+3 Biology (BS):
- Student must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.
- Student may not have more than one “W” in a required course in the 3+3 block.
- Student can only be in the 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years full-time continuous enrollment.
- Only Slippery Rock University students are eligible for this 3+3 option.
If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record by the faculty advisor.
Highlights of the DPT Program at Slippery Rock University:
- Program is eight semesters in length, three academic years plus two summers.
- Strong foundation in basic sciences, including two semesters of cadaver anatomy, neuroscience, and pathophysiology.
- Three semesters of evidence-based practice coursework
- Two semesters of clinical internships each one semester in length.
- Two shorter clinical education experiences.
- Success on state board examination exceeds state and national average.
- Opportunities for graduate assistantships.
- Dedicated PT building 45,000 square feet
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
The curriculum requires each student to choose a facet of the profession to explore including one of the following areas service-learning, specialty care, administration, research or teaching.
Slippery Rock 3+3 Students Entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
Should 3+3 Physical Therapy students be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year (either Fall and/or Spring Semester) of the DPT program and want to complete their original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of their undergraduate program coordinator to determine which, if any, physical therapy courses will count toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of his/her undergraduate major. Participation in the undergraduate commencement ceremony takes place after the first full year of Physical Therapy school is successfully completed.