Quinnipiac University student Alissa Rocco (glasses) works with  Mike Mingrone, of Milford, as part of the VISION clinic. Mingrone suffered a traumatic Brain Injury following a 2013 car crash.  Rocco is in the third year of the graduate physical therapy program.
VISION, which stands for Volunteers in Service Impacting Our Neighborhoods, is a student-run, pro-bono clinic that operates on Tuesday nights at 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. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipaic University)

BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists play a crucial role in today’s complex health care system. Our 7-year program leading to both bachelor’s and doctoral degrees provides the expertise and practical skills you’ll need to excel in this rapidly growing field.

Program Overview

From working with injured veterans to helping accident victims take their first steps toward recovery, the impact you’ll make on patients’ lives is significant. This combined program begins by building a strong foundation in biology, anatomy and physiology. As it progresses, you’ll have a chance to treat a diverse range of patients through our innovative clinical and service learning opportunities.

The dual program is highly competitive, and if you’re admitted, you’ll be guaranteed a place in the DPT program, which will prepare you for the physical therapy licensing exam recognized in all 50 states. You’ll examine topics relating to an array of musculoskeletal and athletic injuries, and you’ll learn to work as part of a team of health care professionals. This collaborative, interprofessional approach will sharpen your leadership, problem-solving and team-building skills in ways that reflect the contemporary needs of the occupation.

One unique benefit of this program is the opportunity to participate in the VISION Rehab effort. VISION is a free clinic operated by graduate physical therapy and occupational therapy students that provides care to Quinnipiac’s uninsured and underserved neighbors who need rehabilitative treatment. The clinic operates one night a week from our North Haven Campus and has forged an assortment of clinical partnerships in recent years with local health organizations that also offer experiential learning opportunities.  

Curriculum and Requirements