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),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

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Introduction

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

Select candidates from high school may apply to the Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/DPT (4+3) program. Upon completion of four years of study, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and are guaranteed admission into the three-year graduate DPT program. All preprofessional requirements of the professional graduate DPT program are required for those students selected for admission into the combined AT-DPT degree.

Students may also choose to pursue the Doctor of Physicial Therapy by first completing a BS in Health Science Studies in a three- or four-year format.

Curriculum for Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/DPT (4+3) 

A total of 132 credits is required for completion of the BS in Athletic Training.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring SemesterCredits
AT 114 Introduction to Athletic Training/Sports Medicine 2
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
AT 116 Introduction to Fitness and Conditioning 1 2
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
 Credits18
Fall Semester
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Spring Semester
AT 215
& 215L
Therapeutic Modalities
and Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
4
AT 210 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 2
AT 251
& 251L
Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries Lab 1
4
AT 290
& 290C
Clinical Practicum I, Risk Management and Injury Prevention
and Clinical Practicum I 1
3
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
 Credits17
Fall Semester
AT 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 1 3
AT 216
& 216L
Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma
and Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma Lab 1
3
AT 250
& 250L
Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries 1
4
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
 Credits17
Third Year
Spring Semester
AT 351
& 351L
General Medical Conditions and Treatment
and General Medical Conditions and Treatments Lab 1
4
AT 352
& 352L
Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of the Spinal Injuries Lab 1
4
AT 391C Clinical Practicum III 1
BMS 301
& 301L
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits16
Fall Semester
AT 330 Nutrition for Sport and Fitness 3
AT 350
& 350L
Evaluation and Treatment of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries Lab 1
4
AT 390
& 390C
Clinical Practicum II, Athletic Protective Equipment
and Clinical Practicum II, Clinical 1
3
BMS 300
& 300L
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and The Physiology of Human Performance I Lab
4
UC elective 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Spring Semester
AT 491
& 491C
Clinical Practicum V, Professional and Career Preparation
and Clinical Practicum V, Clinical 1
3
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
UC Fine Arts 3
UC Humanities 3
UC Humanities 3
 Credits16
Fall Semester
AT 450 Administration and Management in Athletic Training 3
AT 490C Clinical Practicum IV 1
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PS 272 Abnormal Psychology 3
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits132
1

These AT courses have a laboratory and/or clinical component.

For information about the graduate portion of the program, please see Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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 and 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 658 Differential Diagnosis 3
PT 661 Administration and Leadership in Physical Therapy 3
PT 665
& 665L
Neurological Rehabilitation II
and Neurological Rehabilitation Lab II
4
PT 676 Capstone II 1
 Credits13
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 Credits111

*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.

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