Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy

By the Numbers

100%


Employment Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

+25%


In Demand

Employment for physical therapists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

94.1%


Pass the Test

A high percent of our graduates pass the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam

Program Overview

Physical Therapy major Kristianna Giannico works at the Volunteers in Service Impacting Our Neighborhoods, is a Quinnipiac student-run, pro-bono clinic that operates the North Haven campus. The clinic offers interprofessional rehabilitation to uninsured residents in the Greater New Haven who do not have access to physical and occupational therapy services

Doing well and doing good

Physical Therapy major Kristianna Giannico works at the Volunteers in Service Impacting Our Neighborhoods, is a Quinnipiac student-run, pro-bono clinic that operates the North Haven campus. The clinic offers interprofessional rehabilitation to uninsured residents in the Greater New Haven who do not have access to physical and occupational therapy services

You’ll enter our doctor of physical therapy program as a freshman and earn a bachelor’s in health science studies, then complete an additional three years of graduate work to earn your DPT. From working in a private practice or at a geriatric facility to caring for professional athletes or veterans, your career choices are plentiful. Our program boasts a 100 percent employment rate for its graduates. 

You’ll examine individuals and create treatment plans using exercises and techniques that promote mobility, reduce pain and improve functioning, working with a health care team that may include doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Physical therapists also have the choice of pursuing a specialty, such as becoming a neurologic clinical specialist who works with people who have had traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or stroke.

Our faculty members are experts in their field and ensure you’ll receive the knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need at clinical sites across the state and throughout the country. Other distinctive, real-world experiences include participating in VISION—Volunteers in Service Impacting Our Neighborhoods—a student-run clinic for low-income local residents, and volunteering at Camp No Limits, a summer camp for children with limb loss held at Quinnipiac.

Seeing potential

Students stretch out on the second day of Camp No Limits Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus.

Summer Symposium 2018

Camp No Limits

Thirty-two children came to our Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses from across America to try new things, develop innovative skills and feel more independent. The children, partnered with 45 graduate occupational and physical therapy students, participated in three days of purposefully designed events and activities at Camp No Limits.

Camp No Limits is a national nonprofit organization that provides education, mentorship opportunities and support for children limb loss. Quinnipiac hosted it’s first camp in 2015 and has continued to grow the program on campus.

Each of the children came to the camp with at least one parent and, often, a sibling. Quinnipiac is proud to be the only university to host one of the 10 camps. Students work with occupational and physical therapy students in activities like basketball, sled hockey and adaptive ice skating, field-day activities and adaptive arts and crafts.

Teamwork

Camp No Limits QU student group photo outside the TD Bank Sports Center during Camp No Limits on the York Hill Campus Friday July 10, 2015 in Hamden, Connecticut.

Newman's Own Logo

Newman's Own Foundation recently awarded The Center for Interprofessional Healthcare a $12,500 grant to provide scholarships and adaptive sports materials for Camp No Limits at the university. The grant will support families to attend the camp as well as adaptive arts, crafts and sports for the children with limb loss..

Accreditation

Accreditation Information


The Physical Therapy Program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Year

Graduation Rate

2016

95.4%

2015

95.5%

2014

97%

FSBPT Licensure Pass Rate

Graduation Year

Pass Rate

2016

First time: 92.4%
Ultimate: 94.1%*
*Retake for cohort 2016B scheduled January 2017

2015

First time: 98.7%
Ultimate: 100%

2014

First time: 92.9%
Ultimate: 100%

Employment Rate

Graduation Year

Employment Rate

2016

TBD

2015

100%

2014

100%

Additional course details
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Curriculum and Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT degree) for Freshman Entry HSS-DPT, AT-DPT and Internal Transfer Students

A total of 112 credits is required for completion of the DPT.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
PT 503L Physical Therapy Process I Lab 2
PT 505
& 505L
Kinesiology I
and Kinesiology I Lab
3
PT 512
& 512L
Human Anatomy I
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
PT 514 Neuroanatomy I 2
PT 519 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy I 2
PT 569 Education/Community Health/Wellness 2
 Credits15
Spring Semester
PT 502 Introduction to Clinical Decision Making 3
PT 504L Physical Therapy Process II Lab 4
PT 506
& 506L
Kinesiology II
and Kinesiology II Lab
2
PT 513
& 513L
Human Anatomy II
and Human Anatomy II Lab
3
PT 515 Neuroanatomy II 2
PT 528
& 528L
Musculoskeletal I
and Musculoskeletal I Lab
4
 Credits18
Summer Semester
PT 517 Clinical Education Seminar 1
PT 520 Pathophysiology I 3
PT 523 Applied Pharmacology I 1
PT 529
& 529L
Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II
and Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II Lab
4
PT 531
& 531L
Physical Therapy Process - Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I
and Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Lab I
4
PT 548L Physical Therapy Process - Physical Agents Lab 1
 Credits14
Second Year
Fall Semester
PT 671 Clinical Education I 4
PT 675 Normal/Abnormal Gait 1
PT 685 Evidence in Practice 2
 Credits7
Spring Semester
PT 626 Pathophysiology II 3
PT 627 Applied Pharmacology II 1
PT 628
& 628L
Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II
and Physical Therapy Process: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II Lab
3
PT 652 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy II 1
PT 664
& 664L
Neurological Rehabilitation I
and Neurological Rehabilitation Lab I
4
PT 666 Capstone I 2
PT 668
& 668L
Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability
and Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability Lab
2
 Credits16
Summer Semester
PT 657 Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists 2
PT 677
& 677L
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Lab
2
PT 658 Differential Diagnosis 3
PT 661 Administration and Leadership in Physical Therapy 3
PT 665
& 665L
Neurological Rehabilitation II
and Neurological Rehabilitation Lab II
3
PT 676 Capstone II 1
 Credits14
Third Year
Fall Semester
PT 730
& 730L
Musculoskeletal III
and Musculoskeletal III Lab
3
PT 736
& 736L
Pediatric Rehabilitation
and Pediatric Rehabilitation Lab
4
PT 744 Physical Therapy Skills Elective 2
PT 759 PBL Advanced Clinical Decision-Making 3
PT 740
& 740L
Prosthetics and Orthotics
and Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab
2
PT 767 Capstone III 2
 Credits16
Spring Semester
PT 781 Clinical Internship II 6
 Credits6
Summer Semester
PT 782 Clinical Internship III 6
 Credits6
 Total Credits112

*The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is divided into a three- or a four-year pre-professional component leading to a BS in Health Science Studies and a three-year professional graduate component leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

To be eligible for admission to the professional graduate DPT program, you must first complete the pre-professional undergraduate component with a minimum composite GPA of 3.2, as well as an overall 3.2 GPA in pre-requisite science and math coursework. Any individual grade below a C- in pre-requisite science and math courses will not be accepted.

Certain health requirements such as annual physical exams, two-step PPDs and flu shots, as well as possession of a current CPR certification are necessary for participation at certain clinical sites. Criminal background check updates and drug testing may also be required.

Transfer students are considered for admission to the professional graduate DPT program on a space-available basis. At the present time, there are no positions available for transfer in either the undergraduate, or graduate portions of the program.