Quinnipiac University

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

The physical therapy program at Quinnipiac fosters a close-knit community of learners who use their profession to enhance wellness in the local community through clubs, clinics and organizations that provide pro bono PT services and programs.

EQUIP Rehabilitation Clinic

The student-run, pro bono EQUIP Rehabilitation Clinic, located on the North Haven Campus, offers physical therapy services to uninsured or underinsured patients throughout Connecticut.

With 88 members and growing, EQUIP enables student volunteers from Quinnipiac’s physical therapy program to work together as members of direct patient care teams. Volunteers provide treatments for a variety of diagnoses under the guidance and oversight of licensed professionals who are also School of Health Sciences faculty.

EQUIP volunteers also participate in numerous other efforts, including:

Health & Wellness Team

EQUIP’s Health & Wellness Team offers weekly Zoom exercise classes for adults in the area in partnership with the North Haven Senior Center, and facilitates numerous community health screening events. The team also maintains a health and wellness YouTube Channel with updated content on exercise regimens, healthy eating and other topics.

Student Self-Care Team

The Student Self-Care Team engages students in activities that encourage a dynamic and healthy lifestyle to balance the stress of academics and student life. These include challenges that promote increased physical activity and socialization, guided meditation classes prior to midterm and finals weeks, and other planned social events throughout the year.

Telemedicine Team

Our telemedicine platform enables EQUIP to reach more patients and provide greater access to clinic services for the community via telehealth. EQUIP’s HIPPA-compliant Telemedicine Platform complies with all federal, state, local, and school regulations.

Go Baby Go Team

Go Baby Go! is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides accessible, inexpensive and common sense solutions for kids and adults with limited mobility. The program uses a 5-phase approach that combines high-tech and low- tech – or “go-tech” – to rewire and repurpose a motorized toy car into a customized vehicle that can enhance a child’s mobility and their quality of life.

Special Events Team

EQUIP’s Special Events Team hosts unique educational events that enhance the PT curriculum and our students’ professional learning experiences. These include Wheels In Motion, a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament and fundraiser held on the Quinnipiac campus that donates 100% of its profits to Gaylord Adaptive Sports. Quarterly opportunities to volunteer at a local soup kitchen or at a toy drive for local children are also available.

Physical Therapy Club

The Physical Therapy Club’s educational events expose PT students to clinical skills, such as dry needling, movement screening and pediatric rehab. Some also focus on personal finance management and other post-college topics. The club additionally organizes regular social activities and provides mentoring to first-year PT students.

The Physical Therapy Club is active in fundraising and coordinates the Marquette Challenge, a grassroots fundraising effort that supports the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. It also collaborates with local, state and national APTA organizations to promote advocacy legislative agendas.

PT Moves Me Ambassador Program

PT Moves Me enables students in Quinnipiac’s physical therapy program to be passionate ambassadors of their discipline to the local community. The program’s student-run initiatives help increase awareness about careers in physical therapy, enhance student recruitment efforts, and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession overall.

In collaboration with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, local clinical partners and area schools, members develop ongoing activities that engage students in the exploration of PT and other health care professions. These include presentations that build enthusiasm for the physical therapy profession.

Many have a unique story about how they chose physical therapy as a career. Through the PT Moves Me Ambassador Program, Quinnipiac students help the next generation find their own path to PT.

Event Spotlight

Students hold their legs and prosthetic limbs inn the air as part of a stretching exercise
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 3 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 with limb loss. Quinnipiac hosted its first camp in 2015 and has continued to grow the program on campus.

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.

Student Group Spotlight

Quinnipiac physical therapy students show local teens some of the exercises they might do with patients someday
Physical therapy students discuss profession with high schoolers

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