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Physical Therapy Program

JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
edited December 2012 in Simmons College
Can someone tell me about the Physical Therapy Program at Simmons? How good is it? How rigorous is the program? My daughter has been accepted into their PT program. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Replies to: Physical Therapy Program

  • thebabethebabe Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    My d has also been accepted to the PT program at Simmons. The grad program is rated pretty high by US News and World Report. I work at a major hospital in Boston and have talked to a fellow employee who is a Simmons PT grad who really liked the program.I expected there would be a lot of great internship programs due to the school's Boston location. She has not decided to attend Simmons yet, but I feel she would get a great education there
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    She is also considering the possibility of going to a 4-year liberal arts college, major in the sciences, and then apply to graduate school in PT. (Just in case PT doesn't turn out to be what she expects it to be...) Any other folks out there who either applied to their PT program or are in the major now and taking classes?
  • thebabethebabe Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    PT is not a major. You do have to get a BS in exercise science, bio,or psychology and then go to grad school to get your doctorate in PT. Simmons is not a direct entry program,so you have to apply to the grad school
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I understand that PT is not a major, but Simmons has the program set up so you can take the classes necessary and start their PT graduate program in your 4th year. My daughter's award will also continue through the graduate program if she meets the required gpa. I just wanted some opinions from any students who have gone through Simmons' PT program.
  • AmarkzAmarkz Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I am a senior at Simmons currently and I have plenty of friends in the PT program. It is one of the top 25 in the country and I know people who picked it over Northeastern’s program because Northeastern isn’t ranked nearly as high. Also I think it’s pretty awesome that once you are accepted into the program you can complete your Masters in 6 years. You start you graduate classes the summer after your Junior year. As for majoring in another science and applying to a graduate PT program I am sure that is doable but I think that once you’re at Simmons they make such a seamless transition into the graduate program that the professors really help you along.
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Amarkz, thank you so much for your reply. Glad to hear good things about the program.
  • tiger2001tiger2001 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    My daughter and I visted Simmons yesterday (she is an accepted student to follow the physical therapy track). I can only say I was extremely favorably impressed not only by this program plan but by everything about this school, as was my daughter. I've been smiling ever since.
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    That is great news! We visited the campus in October 2010 and haven't been able to visit again because of distance. (We're from out of state.) My daughter was accepted at other great schools (Mt. Holyoke, Smith, BU) but decided to go to Simmons because of their PT program and location to area hospitals.
  • nyquistnyquist Registered User Posts: 237 Junior Member
    Jakally, tiger2001, etc: was there a special application required for the PT program? or can anyone who has been admitted declare for the PT program? any info appreciated.
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Annette Iglarsh is the Associate Dean of the PT program. You could probably contact her or ask Admissions. When my daughter completed the application, she just stated that she wanted to apply to the PT program. (I don't remember the exact details since she completed the app, and I didn't specifically review it.) I would call the school with your questions. I'm sure they'd be happy to help you.
  • tiger2001tiger2001 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I like this page showing their major ugrad areas
    all the way down the left
    but the extended bachelors+ program offerings in
    the center column space, see under Accelerated
    Majors, Minors, and Programs: Academics : Undergraduate Study : Simmons College - Boston, Massachusetts
    Even this page doesn't show it all, by that I mean that
    just browsing down the keywords you'd never know
    that there's an opportunity to get at least some exposure to
    Arabic, Japanese, etc., (important to my daughter),
    even though they don't appear on the Majors or Minors lists.
  • JakallyJakally Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I heard that the current status of Simmons' physical therapy program is probationary accreditation. What does this mean and how will affect students that are currently enrolled in the program? My daughter is a sophomore in the PT program and plans to continue into the DPT program.
  • 3rdtimesacharm3rdtimesacharm Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    The probationary accreditation means that there are things that the program needs to improve. It's similar to when the NCAA sanctions a team. While the university has this status, students in the program will still graduate from an accredited program. I was told that Simmons has to increase the number of professors doing research and build a lab.
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