Program Overview

If you want a career that will enable you to help people recuperate from surgery, painful injuries or life-altering health conditions, Quinnipiac’s doctor of physical therapy program will put you on a clear path to your goal from day one. One of few like it in the U.S., our program enables you to enter as a first-year student, earn a bachelor’s degree in health science studies, then complete an additional 3 years of graduate work to earn your DPT. 

You’ll learn to examine individuals of all ages, and create treatment plans using exercises and techniques that promote mobility, reduce pain and improve functioning. You’ll also understand how to work as part of a health care team that may include doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Whether you see yourself in a private practice, at a hospital or rehabilitation center, or caring for professional athletes, veterans or people with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, you’ll graduate with the skills to work in a range of unique physical therapy specialties.

Our faculty members are experts in their field and will ensure that you 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 EQUIP — a student-run pro-bono rehabilitation clinic for local residents, and volunteering at Camp No Limits, a summer camp for children with limb loss held at Quinnipiac.