Prospective First-Year Student Application Process
The dual-degree DPT program admits students through the undergraduate first-year student application process (also called an early assurance program). Provided the student meets academic progression standards throughout their undergraduate years, they will be guaranteed a seat in the graduate portion of the program.
Typically, DPT students combine their graduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences studies or athletic training.
Key Admission Dates
Apply for the fall semester
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Early Decision: This application plan is binding.
Early Action and Regular Decision: These application plans are non-binding.
*For full consideration for the entry-level master’s physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and traditional nursing programs, we strongly encourage candidates to apply Early Action (November 15 application date).
**The admissions committee will make every effort to have a decision to applicants within two weeks from the time an application is complete. Priority is given to those applying by February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered as part of our Regular Decision program. Check your admissions status
^Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available October 1. Applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA to apply for financial aid as early as possible.
Your GPA alone doesn’t tell the full story of your academic strengths and talents. That’s why we look at many factors when considering each application for admission, especially as those factors relate to the specific program you’re applying to. We look at subject-specific courses you’ve taken and AP credits you’ve earned, as well as awards and other achievements.
Required of all students:
- High school transcript
- A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you which tells us who you are, and speaks to your values, goals and aspirations as a student
- At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or someone who can reflect on your dedication and work ethic
- 4 years of English
- 4 years of mathematics
- 4 years of science
- 2 years of social science and foreign language
- 3 academic electives
Test score policy
Advanced standing credit
Applicants to the HSS/DPT program are encouraged to gain knowledge of the physical therapy profession by completing at least 20 hours of shadowing experience. While direct experiences are preferred, any of the following may be beneficial and can easily be documented:
observing a physical therapist in at least two different settings (i.e. hospital/clinic)
interviewing a physical therapist about their workday
completing virtual observation hours; or
volunteering in a rehabilitation department.
While this is not a requirement, we recommend students explore the physical therapy profession to prior to applying.
Get to know us
We’re excited to host prospective students and their families for campus tours.* Information sessions, interviews and open houses will be held virtually because the well-being of our community is our No. 1 priority.
*Preregistration is required.
Here to answer your questions
We’re always here to help provide additional information and answer any questions you may have. Explore our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly any time.
Internal and External College Applicants Application Process
The Quinnipiac University Physical Therapy Department invites undergraduate students to apply to the graduate DPT program on a space-available basis.
No spaces are anticipated to be available for the 2021–22 academic year.
Applications will be accepted from students who have successfully completed all of the necessary requirements and/or are within 32 or fewer credits from undergraduate degree completion. All prerequisite courses and requirements are posted on the DPT program website.
Key Admission Dates
Both internal and external applicants can apply through the Quinnipiac University Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Internal candidates: May apply as early as September 15
- External candidates: May apply as early as October 15
- Proof of successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University or a regionally accredited institution (or are within 32 credits from completing an undergraduate degree)
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- GPA: 3.2 overall GPA and 3.2 prerequisite GPA with no prerequisite course grade below a “C”
- Applicants may retake a maximum of two courses one time each for a grade replacement.
- Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation
- One from a past employer/personal reference, one from an academic source who can attest to the applicant’s academic performance
- Response to one essay question: “Why do you want to be a physical therapist?”
- Health care experiences: Documentation of 60 contact hours of health care experience, either volunteer or paid.
- At least 20 of these hours must be in two different physical therapy practice settings (e.g., hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation agency, outpatient department, private practice, etc.).