Southwest Baptist University Physical Therapy
Division of Physical Therapy 1600 University Ave. Bolivar MO 65613 United States
+1 417.328.1690 +1 417.328.1672 +1 417.328.1989

"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."

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Program Description


Our Healing Mission (Rev. 11.26.18): Preparing future doctors of physical therapy to deliver care in a global society while integrating Christian faith.


Students enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August of each year and continue through the program for 33 months straight until graduation in May of the third year.

A Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinic is located within our academic building. Students will have access to observe and work with patients from our community as early as the first month of class, continuing through the first two years of the program.

The first two years are made up of lectures, labs, and regular weekly interaction with either our faculty practice clinic or other clinics in our community. The third year, August-May is made up of four 8-9 week clinical rotations that can be fulfilled nationwide in any of 650+ sites with whom we have contracts. Clinical rotations, at the minimum, will include one acute care hospital-based experience, one outpatient orthopedic experience, and one adult neuro-rehabilitation experience.


The full-time faculty to student ratio in hands-on learning experiences is 1:20. Learn more about our faculty on our website at


The program accepts up to 80 physical therapy students in each class.


SBU is located in Bolivar, Missouri, a town of 11,000 people with a low crime rate, low cost of living, and strong community values. Located in the heart of southwest Missouri, Bolivar is just 30 minutes north of Springfield, 2 1/2 hours south of Kansas City, and 3 1/2 hours west of St. Louis.

Our program has an active local chapter of the SPTA and a local service organization called Move Forward Bolivar. Through these two student-led groups, students have the opportunity to earn additional credentials and certifications prior to graduating, serve our local community, and be a part of our Go Baby Go Explore initiative for children with developmental delays. 


International service-learning opportunities are a unique component available through the physical therapy program at SBU. The Global Health Outreach initiative allows you the opportunity to utilize your physical therapy skills while making a difference around the world. Trips involve current DPT students from multiple years of the program, SBU DPT alumni, and faculty.


See a current listing of our tuition and fees on our website at


For a current listing of our program outcomes such as board pass rate and job placement, go to our website at

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
DPT/MBA, Health Administration and Christian Ministry concentrations available
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
One non-refundable $500 deposit, applied toward tuition, is due upon acceptance into program. 
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
First deposit deadline is in January, rolling deadlines vary based on date of offer.
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Additional information about the class profile
The program gives preference points to applicants who will graduate with a bachelor's degree and maintain the articulation requirements from the following undergraduate institutions:

* Anderson University  (IN)
* Avila University
* Belhaven University
* Bethel University (IN)
* Central Methodist University
* College of the Ozarks
* Drury University
* Evangel University 
* Grace College (IN)
* Hannibal-LaGrange University
* Indiana Wesleyan University
* John Brown University
* MidAmerican Nazarene University
* Missouri Baptist University
* Oklahoma Baptist University
* Oklahoma Wesleyan University
* Oral Roberts University
* Ouachita Baptist University
* Pensacola Christian College
* Southern Nazarene University
* Sterling College
* Tabor College
* Union University
* William Jewell College
* Williams Baptist University
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
  • Julia Young
    Primary Contact
    Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
    +1 417.328.1690