By the Numbers
A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Employment for physical therapists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)
Pass the Test
A high percent of our graduates pass the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy exam
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.
Camp No Limits Photo Gallery
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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
FSBPT Licensure Pass Rate
First time: 92.4%
*Retake for cohort 2016B scheduled January 2017
First time: 98.7%
First time: 92.9%
Additional course details
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Curriculum and Requirements
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT degree) for Freshman Entry HSS-DPT, AT-DPT and Internal Transfer Students
A total of 112 credits is required for completion of the DPT.
|PT 503L||Physical Therapy Process I Lab||2|
and Kinesiology I Lab
|Human Anatomy I
and Human Anatomy Lab
|PT 514||Neuroanatomy I||2|
|PT 519||Professional Issues in Physical Therapy I||2|
|PT 569||Education/Community Health/Wellness||2|
|PT 502||Introduction to Clinical Decision Making||3|
|PT 504L||Physical Therapy Process II Lab||4|
and Kinesiology II Lab
|Human Anatomy II
and Human Anatomy II Lab
|PT 515||Neuroanatomy II||2|
and Musculoskeletal I Lab
|PT 517||Clinical Education Seminar||1|
|PT 520||Pathophysiology I||3|
|PT 523||Applied Pharmacology I||1|
|Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II
and Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II Lab
|Physical Therapy Process - Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I
and Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Lab I
|PT 548L||Physical Therapy Process - Physical Agents Lab||1|
|PT 671||Clinical Education I||4|
|PT 675||Normal/Abnormal Gait||1|
|PT 685||Evidence in Practice||2|
|PT 626||Pathophysiology II||3|
|PT 627||Applied Pharmacology II||1|
|Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II
and Physical Therapy Process: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II Lab
|PT 652||Professional Issues in Physical Therapy II||1|
|Neurological Rehabilitation I
and Neurological Rehabilitation Lab I
|PT 666||Capstone I||2|
|Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability
and Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability Lab
|PT 657||Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists||2|
|Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Lab
|PT 658||Differential Diagnosis||3|
|PT 661||Administration and Leadership in Physical Therapy||3|
|Neurological Rehabilitation II
and Neurological Rehabilitation Lab II
|PT 676||Capstone II||1|
and Musculoskeletal III Lab
and Pediatric Rehabilitation Lab
|PT 744||Physical Therapy Skills Elective||2|
|PT 759||PBL Advanced Clinical Decision-Making||3|
|Prosthetics and Orthotics
and Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab
|PT 767||Capstone III||2|
|PT 781||Clinical Internship II||6|
|PT 782||Clinical Internship III||6|
*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.
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.