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Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy

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By the Numbers

95.4%


Employment Rate

The majority of our graduates are employed within 1 year of passing their board exam (2017 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey).

+25%


In Demand

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

96.6%


Pass the Test

Our graduates achieve a high rate of success on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam.

Program Overview

A physical therapy student tends to a patient at a student-run clinic on the North Haven Campus

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.

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Students hold their legs and prosthetic limbs inn the air as part of a stretching exercise

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.

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Camp No Limits

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.

A child does a sit up with the assistance of Quinnipiac PT student.

Teamwork

Danielle Martin helps camper Talby Ahlum with exercises during morning energizers at during Camp No Limits.

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.

Newman's Own Foundation recently awarded Quinnipiac's Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education 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.

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Photo Gallery: Camp No Limits

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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (203) 582-8511 or email katherine.harris@qu.edu.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Year

Graduation Rate

2018

93.3%

2017

87.9%

2016

93.5%

FSBPT Licensure Pass Rate

Graduation Year

Pass Rate

2017

96.6%

2016

99.2%

2015

100%

Employment Rate

Graduation Year

Employment Rate

2017

100%

2016

97%

2015

100%

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Curriculum and Requirements

The BS in Health Science Studies can be completed in 3 or 4 years. The curriculum for each track is outlined below.

At the end of the spring semester of the first undergraduate year, students are required to select and adhere to course work in either the three- or four-year preprofessional track. If the three-year track is selected, students will not be allowed transfer into the four-year curriculum at a later date.

The decision for a three-year versus four-year track is individual, yet multifactorial. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • accumulation of college credits upon entering the university
  • involvement in athletics
  • financial aid
  • necessity of summer and/or J-term course work
  • study abroad opportunities

Students may also choose to pursue the Doctor of Physicial Therapy by first completing a BS in Athletic Training.

Curriculum and Requirements: 3+3 Program

Curriculum for Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/DPT (3+3) for Freshman Entry

A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
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
MA Quantitative Literacy 1 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
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
UC Social Sciences elective 2 3
UC Humanities elective 3
 Credits17
Summer Online
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
COM 150 Public Speaking: Principles and Practice 3
UC elective 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
UC Humanities elective 3
HSC 315
or PL 222
Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century
or Bioethics
3
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
 Credits17
Summer Online
UC Social Science elective (Abnormal Psychology) 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
BMS 300
& 300L
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and The Physiology of Human Performance I Lab
4
BMS 200 Biology and Experience of Human Aging 3
Elective 3
IC Fine Arts elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
J-term
Elective (Online) 3
 Credits3
Spring Semester
BMS 301
& 301L
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
HSC 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
HSC 214L CPR, AED and First Aid 1
HM 404 Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery 3
 Credits17
Summer Online
Elective courses 6
 Credits6
 Total Credits122
1

MA 141, program requirement

2

PS 101

The sequencing of course work for the preprofessional track is flexible; however, all requirements in the curriculum must be completed prior to entry into the graduate DPT program.

For information about the graduate portion of the program, please see Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in HSS or Bachelor of Science in AT and meeting specific departmental requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the graduate DPT program.

Curriculum and Requirements: 4+3 Program

Curriculum for Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/DPT (4+3) 

A total of 122 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
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
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
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
UC Social Sciences elective 1 3
UC Humanities elective 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
UC elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
COM 150 Public Speaking: Principles and Practice 3
UC Social Sciences elective 3
UC Fine Arts elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall Semester
BMS 300
& BMS 301L
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
BMS 200 Biology and Experience of Human Aging 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BMS 301
& 301L
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
Elective 3
 Credits14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
HSC 315
or PL 222
Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century
or Bioethics
3
Elective 3
UC Humanities elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
HM 404 Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery 3
HSC 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3
HSC 214L CPR, AED and First Aid 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits122
1

PS 101

The sequencing of course work for the preprofessional track is flexible; however, all requirements in the curriculum must be completed prior to entry into the graduate DPT program.

For information about the graduate portion of the program, please see Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in HSS or Bachelor of Science in AT and meeting specific departmental requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the graduate DPT program.

Curriculum and Requirements: Post-Bachelor's 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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Continuing Education Opportunities

The School of Health Sciences hosts continuing education classes periodically. Please check back soon for upcoming opportunities.