Samuel Merritt University Department of Physical Therapy
3100 Telegraph Avenue Office of Admission, Suite 1000 Oakland CA 94609 United States
Phone+1 510.879.9200
Private
CAPTE Accredited
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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 that 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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Is GRE Required?
No
Reference Requirements
Physical Therapist-1
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Physical Therapist-2
Evaluator type accepted
Professor in Major
Evaluator type accepted
Professor
Evaluator type accepted
Academic
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Supervisor/Employer
Evaluator type accepted
Teaching Assistant
Evaluator type not accepted
PTA
Evaluator type not accepted
Pre-PT Advisor
Evaluator type accepted
Politician
Evaluator type accepted
Health Care Professional
Evaluator type accepted
Friend
Evaluator type not accepted
Family Member
Evaluator type not accepted
Co-worker
Evaluator type not accepted
Clergy
Evaluator type accepted
Other
Evaluator type not accepted
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 five letters will be accepted; all five letters will be reviewed.
*Due to pandemic restrictions, a letter from a PT is not required, but highly recommended. If you are unable to obtain a letter of reference from a PT, you must still submit at least 2 letters, preferably from persons that are familiar with your skills and capabilities.
PT Observation Hours
Information about your PT requirements
40 hours of PT experience (either paid, volunteer or shadowing) are preferred, but not required this cycle due to COVID-19. 

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. 
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT Hours REQUIRED
0
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered
GPA Requirements
Program-specific prerequisite
3.00
3.39
Last 60 Semester (or 90 Quarter) Unit GPA
3.00
3.49
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
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, we will use the new/highest grade earned to replace the original in the prerequisite GPA calculation, if available at the time of application submission.

Use the PTCAS GPA calculator to determine your GPAs before applying: https://help.liaisonedu.com/PTCAS_Applicant_Help_Center/Submitting_and_Monitoring_Your_PTCAS_Application/Verification_and_GPA_Calculations_for_PTCAS/3_Calculating_Your_GPAs
Background Checks
Background check required prior to matriculation.
Yes
Program participates in PTCAS Background Check process through Certiphi Screening.
No
International Students
Program considers Canadian coursework?
Yes
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Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS (recommended)
Are non-native English Speakers required to submit TOEFL scores?
Other
Citizenship requirements
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
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.