Quinnipiac University

Entry-Level Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies / Doctor of Physical Therapy (3+3 and 4+3 tracks) Admissions

We make our admission process as straightforward and personalized as possible. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the School of Health Sciences are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

What Type of Applicant Are You?

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
Application Type Application Deadline FAFSA Priority Deadline^
Decision Notifications Sent to Applicants Matriculation Fee and Housing Deposit Due
Early Decision November 1 December 1 Mid-November February 1
Early Action* November 15 March 1 Mid-December May 1
Regular Decision** February 1 March 1 Mid-February May 1

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 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.

Admission Requirements

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
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Test score policy

Advanced standing credit

Recommended Shadowing

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.


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Quinnipiac University supports equality of educational and employment opportunity. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.