Three-Year BS in Health Science Studies for Freshman Entry (3+3) PT

Program Contact: Maureen Helgren 203-582-8681

Students accepted into the HSS-DPT program as freshmen may complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies in three years. All students must complete 122 university credits to include the required University Curriculum (UC) courses, DPT required courses, and a minor in an area of interest.  Students must achieve a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 average for 46 credits of selected math and science courses for admission to the graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. In this fast-paced curriculum, students are expected to enroll in course work during summer terms (two courses per summer) and a J-term (one course in one J-term). Online courses are available for summer and J-term course work.

AP Credits and Course Substitutions

A student who scores a 4 on the AP exam for biology may choose to be awarded credit for BIO 101-BIO 102.

A student who scores a 4 on the AP exam for calculus may choose to be awarded credit for MA 141. If AP credits are awarded and accepted for CHE 110-CHE 111, the student will discuss other sciences to be considered as replacements. 

A student who receives a 4 on the AP exam for biostatistics may choose to be awarded credit for MA 275. No other AP credits in the math and science categories will be accepted for program substitution. AP credits for other non-math and science core curriculum requirements will be accepted.

The Review and Evaluation Committee for the program in physical therapy is responsible for evaluating and screening candidates during the preprofessional and professional graduate components of the program. Requirements for the program in physical therapy were approved in conjunction with the accreditation of the program and are acceptable to the School of Health Sciences and Quinnipiac University administration.

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
Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century
or Bioethics
3
QU 420 Integrative 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
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.

Mission Statement

An education in physical therapy at Quinnipiac University embodies both the university’s commitment to its three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community, and the American Physical Therapy Association’s core values: accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty and social responsibility. The program in physical therapy prepares students to become competent and compassionate entry-level physical therapists, who are able to practice in a variety of settings serving diverse populations across the lifespan.

To achieve its mission, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program:

  • cultivates critical and reflective thinking, clinical decision-making, and lifelong learning by utilizing an evidenced-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
  • provides both in-class and in-clinic opportunities for students to engage in the essential elements of patient/client management
  • supports faculty teacher-scholars who are effective teachers and who collectively engage in scholarship, professional development, direct patient care and university and community service

Admission 

Candidates applying for admission to the Physical Therapy program from high school are required to have no less than three years of high school college preparatory mathematics (four years are preferred), one year of biology, one year of chemistry and one year of physics. In addition, the scores of the Scholastic Assessment Test or the College Entrance Examination board of the American College Testing program are important considerations. Related health care experience is highly desirable. Prospective candidates also must satisfy general Quinnipiac University Admission Requirements.  

All applications must include two letters of reference, and a personal interview may be required with representatives of the admissions office to discuss program requirements and the applicant’s professional interests and commitments. Applicants must have observation hours in at least two different clinical settings, preferably one in a rehabilitation facility and one in an acute care setting. A minimum of 10 hours in at least two settings (20 hours total) is required.

Applicants should forward to the Undergraduate Admissions Office a signed note from the physical therapist at each setting verifying observation hours. Applications are accepted for admission to the fall semester only. All applications are processed and screened by the vice president and dean for admissions for selection to the program. Reference letters, other correspondence and inquiries relating to an application should be directed to the dean of undergraduate admissions. Admission to Quinnipiac University does not guarantee admission to the professional graduate DPT program in physical therapy, unless officially accepted into the program as a freshman.