Department of Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac is a member of the Early Assurance Consortium for physical therapy education. Qualified students are admitted directly as undergraduate students to one of three programs of study: Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Doctor of Physical Therapy (3+3), Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Doctor of Physical Therapy (4+3), or Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy (4+3).
The undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for admission into the Graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Upon successful completion of the bachelor of science requirements and meeting specific departmental requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the graduate DPT program. The health science studies curriculum can be completed in either three or four years. The athletic training curriculum is completed in four years.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program cultivates critical and reflective thinking, clinical decision-making and lifelong learning by utilizing an evidence-based learning model, authentic assessments and a variety of learning experiences that include interactive technology. This learning model features small lab sizes, hands-on activities, visits to area clinics and opportunities to engage in professional development forums and community interdisciplinary collaboration. The program provides both in-class and in-clinic opportunities for students to engage in the essential elements of patient/client management.