This accelerated, CAPTE-accredited program will prepare you to become licensed as a physical therapist in six years rather than the usual seven. Entering as a freshman, you will complete three years of pre-professional study followed by a three-year professional curriculum. After completing all studies and clinical training, including a six-month clinical internship, you will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination.

Credit requirements

A minimum of 128 semester credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a cumulative total of 194 credits for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

To continue into the physical therapy program, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring semester of sophomore year and the end of the spring semester of junior year, including summer courses. A professional GPA of 3.0 is also required for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.


The curriculum includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences plus applied scientific knowledge in health, health care, and evidence-based professional practice. It also includes coursework that will help you develop your ability to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

Clinical experience

Forty-four weeks of full-time supervised clinical experience (including the six-month internship) are required prior to graduation. BU has over 700 affiliated physical therapy sites nationwide.

Study Abroad

BU offers outstanding study abroad programs, including science- and health care-related options. If travel interests you, meet with your advisor to work it into your study plan.

Technical Standards

Because physical therapy is a physically, intellectually, and psychologically demanding profession, degree candidates must meet minimum standards in certain skills and abilities. See Technical Standards.

National PT Examination first-time passing rate


Note: Clinical costs are associated with this program. Please refer to the BS/Doctor of Physical Therapy Academic Policy and Procedures Manual.

student-profile-irwinStephanie Irwin: “Being a Sargent student has prepared me inside and outside of the classroom to be a physical therapist more than I realized. After my first year as a post-bacc in the doctorate program, I had the opportunity to serve in Haiti and ended up leading a team of other PT students in treating patients with stroke and amputations, thanks to how our professors taught and challenged us!”