Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Quinnipiac University physical therapy program is primarily a freshman-entry program. Currently, there are no positions available to transfer into the undergraduate or graduate portions of the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program.  An excellent resource for seeking out post-baccalaureate, entry-level PT programs is PTCAS, the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service,  

High school students should contact the Undergraduate Admissions office directly for information about the freshman-entry DPT program.

About the Program
An education in physical therapy at Quinnipiac embodies both the University's commitment to 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, able to practice in a variety of settings serving diverse populations across the lifespan.

To achieve its mission, the program in physical therapy:
  • Builds on a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences
  • 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.

During the three-year, professional graduate DPT component, students develop the specific knowledge base, clinical skills, problem-solving ability and professionalism necessary to become entry-level physical therapists.

The program objectives are:
  • To prepare physical therapy clinicians sensitive to the evolving concept of comprehensive health care and prepared to cooperate with other health professionals in meeting the changing health needs of society
  • Assist the student in the acquisition of the basic skills for assuming beginning responsibilities in the areas of patient care, administration, education and research
  • Cultivate in the student knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the social, political and economic aspects of health in conjunction with the humanities.

Our Facilities
The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is a state-of-the-art facility on our North Haven Campus. The facility, home to the School of Health Sciences, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, includes 325,000 square feet designed for collaborative learning for students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and the health professions.

The facility features cutting-edge equipment and 24 teaching laboratories, including an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative sciences lab, a clinical skills lab, an intensive care unit, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab, a motion analysis lab and other special amenities that set it apart from other universities offering health sciences programs.

The medical school renovation adds an operating room suite with two additional high fidelity simulation rooms, 48 pro-section stations, 16 standardized patient rooms, multiple team study rooms, student lounges and a vending area, an expanded health sciences library, a 350-seat auditorium, 17 additional classrooms and 10 seminar rooms that will seat from 12 to 150 students.

For more information, please contact:
Maureen Helgren
Associate professor and chair of physical therapy

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