Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy (4+3)

Program Contacts: Tracy Wall 203-582-8212 or Michelle Broggi 203-582-8057, and  Stephen Straub 203-582-8443 

Select candidates from high school may apply to the Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/DPT (4+3) program. Upon completion of four years of study, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and are guaranteed admission into the three-year graduate DPT program. All preprofessional requirements of the professional graduate DPT program are required for those students selected for admission into the combined AT-DPT degree.

Undergraduate students should follow the course selection grid as outlined under the undergraduate AT program with the appropriate dual major alternatives. Athletic training classes must be completed with a B- or better. Additionally, students must achieve a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 average for 46 credits of selected math and science courses at the completion of all credits for admission to the graduate DPT program.

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. 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.

AP Credits and Course Substitutions

A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the AP exam for biology or has transfer credits will take BIO 101-BIO 102 at Quinnipiac University and be awarded alternate credits.

A student who scores a 4 or 5 on the AP exam or has transfer credits 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 or 5 on the AP exam or has transfer credits 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 without permission. AP credits and transfer credits for other non-math and science core curriculum requirements will be accepted.

Curriculum for Dual-Degree BS in Athletic Training/DPT (4+3) 

A total of 132 credits is required for completion of the BS in Athletic Training.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable 3
Spring Semester
AT 114 Introduction to Athletic Training/Sports Medicine 2
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
AT 116 Introduction to Fitness and Conditioning 1 2
BIO 102
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AT 214 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 1 3
AT 216
Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma
and Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma Lab 1
AT 250
Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries 1
BIO 211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
Spring Semester
AT 215
Therapeutic Modalities
and Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
AT 210 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 2
AT 251
Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries Lab 1
AT 290
Clinical Practicum I, Risk Management and Injury Prevention
and Clinical Practicum I 1
BIO 212
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Third Year
Fall Semester
AT 330 Nutrition for Sport and Fitness 3
AT 350
Evaluation and Treatment of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries Lab 1
AT 390
Clinical Practicum II, Athletic Protective Equipment
and Clinical Practicum II, Clinical 1
BMS 300
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and The Physiology of Human Performance I Lab
UC elective 3
Spring Semester
AT 351
General Medical Conditions and Treatment
and General Medical Conditions and Treatments Lab 1
AT 352
Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Injuries
and Evaluation and Treatment of the Spinal Injuries Lab 1
AT 391C Clinical Practicum III 1
BMS 301
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AT 450 Administration and Management in Athletic Training 3
AT 490C Clinical Practicum IV 1
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
PS 272 Abnormal Psychology 3
SHS 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Spring Semester
AT 491
Clinical Practicum V, Professional and Career Preparation
and Clinical Practicum V, Clinical 1
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
UC Fine Arts 3
UC Humanities 3
UC Humanities 3
 Total Credits132

For information about the graduate portion of the program, please see Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation, Heath and Wellness is to provide a quality education program through which students obtain the knowledge and psychomotor skills necessary to practice as athletic trainers certified by the Board of Certification. Importance is placed upon the provision of opportunities within the curriculum for the development of skills encompassing the domains of athletic training. Strong emphasis is placed on the practical clinical experience coupled with specific professional coursework. Recognizing the importance of excellence in teaching and instruction, the faculty, in its commitment to the combination of diverse clinical and intellectual experiences, collaborates in educating students.

The athletic training education program offers a highly personalized learning environment featuring small classes and ready access to faculty; reflecting the university's commitment to excellence in teaching. The faculty share a service orientation toward the students and their needs. The program also strives to prepare graduates who manifest critical and creative thinking, effective communication skills, informed value judgments and who possess an educational foundation for continued growth and development in a changing world of diverse cultures and people.


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 first-year student.