Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help their clients rehabilitate from injuries and gain flexibility, strength and endurance to live active lives, whether they are training for a triathlon or just want to play ball with their grandchildren.

About this program

100%


Employment Rate

A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)

94.1%


Pass the Test

A high percent of our graduates pass the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam

Program Overview

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.

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.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Year

Graduation Rate

2016

95.4%

2015

95.5%

2014

97%

FSBPT Licensure Pass Rate

Graduation Year

Pass Rate

2016

First time: 92.4%
Ultimate: 94.1%*
*Retake for cohort 2016B scheduled January 2017

2015

First time: 98.7%
Ultimate: 100%

2014

First time: 92.9%
Ultimate: 100%

Employment Rate

Graduation Year

Employment Rate

2016

TBD

2015

100%

2014

100%

Curriculum and Requirements

Curriculum for Three-year BS in Health Science Studies for Freshman Entry (3+3) PT Majors

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 & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & 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
IC 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 of 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 Lab
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
AT 214
& 214L
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
and CPR, AED and First Aid
4
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
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.

Three-year Post-Bachelor’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT degree) for Freshman Entry PT Students, Internal and External Transfer BS 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 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 Issues/Topics in Physical Therapy,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,Physical Therapy Process Lab II 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,Musculoskeletal II
and PTP Musculoskeletal II Lab,Musculoskeletal II Lab
4
PT 531
& 531L
Physical Therapy Process - Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I,Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I
and Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Lab I,Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Lab I
4
PT 548L PTP Physical Agents Lab,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 & Cardiopulmonary II,Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II
and Physical Therapy Process: Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary II Lab,Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 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 Research Application,Capstone I 2
PT 668
& 668L
Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability
and Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability Lab
2
 Credits16
Summer Semester
PT 646
& 646L
Prosthetics and Orthotics
and Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab
2
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
3
PT 676 Capstone II 1
 Credits14
Third Year
Fall Semester
PT 730
& 730L
Musculoskeletal III
and Musculoskeletal III Lab
3
PT 736
& 736L
Physical Therapy Process Neurological Rehabilitation III,Pediatric Rehabilitation
and Neurological Rehabilitation III Lab,Pediatric Rehabilitation Lab
4
PT 744 Physical Therapy Skills Elective 2
PT 746
& 746L
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Lab
2
PT 759 PBL Advanced Clinical Decision-Making 3
PT 767 Capstone Research Project,Capstone III 2
 Credits16
Spring Semester
PT 781 Clinical Education I,Clinical Internship I 6
 Credits6
Summer Semester
PT 782 Clinical Internship II 6
 Credits6
 Total Credits112

*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.

Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is divided into a three- or a four-year pre-professional component leading to a BS in Health Science Studies and a three-year professional graduate component leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

To be eligible for admission to the professional graduate DPT program, you must first complete the pre-professional undergraduate component with a minimum composite GPA of 3.2, as well as an overall 3.2 GPA in pre-requisite science and math coursework. Any individual grade below a C- in pre-requisite science and math courses will not be accepted.

Certain health requirements such as annual physical exams, two-step PPDs and flu shots, as well as possession of a current CPR certification are necessary for participation at certain clinical sites. Criminal background check updates and drug testing may also be required.

Transfer students are considered for admission to the professional graduate DPT program on a space-available basis. At the present time, there are no positions available for transfer in either the undergraduate, or graduate portions of the program.

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