Entry-Level Dual-Degree Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University is a member of the Early Assurance Consortium for physical therapy education. Qualified students are admitted as first-year students to one of three courses 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 BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy (4+3) program.
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 in HSS or Bachelor of Science in AT and meeting specific departmental requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the graduate DPT program. The HSS program of study can be completed in 3 or 4 years.
At the end of the spring semester of the first undergraduate year, students are required to select and adhere to coursework in either the three- or four-year preprofessional track. If the three-year track is selected, students will not be allowed transfer into the four-year curriculum at a later date. The decision for a three-year versus four-year track is individual, yet multifactorial. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following: accumulation of college credits upon entering the university, involvement in athletics, financial aid, necessity of summer and/or J-term coursework and study abroad opportunities.