Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Beginning in Fall 2013, students who have a bachelor's degree and have complete required prerequisites will be eligible to apply for admission into the three-year graduate DPT program. Admitted students will join students from the freshman entry BS/DPT program at Quinnipiac. Students entering the graduate DPT program will be selected from a pool of both internal (Quinnipiac) students and students from other institutions. Students wishing to apply to the graduate DPT program must use the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for graduate physical therapy programs.
The graduate DPT program at Quinnipiac University will be listed on the PTCAS website in Spring 2012 to allow students to apply for Fall 2013 admission. All graduate applications, transcripts, references and other supporting documentation for graduate admission must be submitted directly to PTCAS. For more information about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org. (Note: The use of PTCAS is not required for students admitted to Quinnipiac University as freshmen into the combined BS/DPT.)
Admission to the program is competitive and based on available space; therefore there can be no guarantee of graduate admission.
Goals of the Program
The Department of Physical Therapy has set forth the following goals for the program:
- a high-quality, entry-level education
- continuing education for the clinical community
- effective staff support
- PT clinical partnerships
- high-quality clinical education opportunities
- opportunities for student service
Student goals include the ability to demonstrate the skills necessary for entry-level clinical practice, to participate in research and/or service learning, demonstrate effective education of patients, families, peers, other health professionals and the community, and to participate in service.
Preprofessional Bachelor's Degree Program Requirements
To be eligible for the professional graduate DPT program, students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 during the preprofessional component of the program. In addition, a 3.2 cumulative GPA in preprofessional program science and math course work is required for admission to the professional graduate DPT component of the program. (D and F grades in the required preprofessional science and math courses are unacceptable.) Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 141. The following courses in the preprofessional component must be successfully completed with a C- or better and are calculated into the GPA for science and math course work.