Physical Therapy

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) as well as a Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.), Master of Science (M.S.) in Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology (Exercise Science concentration). The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a professional doctorate leading to licensure as a physical therapist and practice in hospital, rehabilitation, outpatient and community-based care settings to provide care to patients with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders across the life span. It is a three-year, eight semester, post-bachelor’s program that prepares physical therapists who are well-equipped for contemporary practice and career-long learning to assure patient benefit from advances in healthcare. The first year consists of coursework in basic and clinical sciences, as well as health care practices. During the second through fourth semesters, students participate in clinical experiences that are integrated into the curriculum. During the third year, students complete three, full-time, off-campus, clinical practicums. Successful applicants to the D.P.T program meet or exceed the University of Connecticut Graduate School admission standards and have completed (generally “B” average or better) the prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation. The required courses include: Biology, General Chemistry I and II, Pre-Calculus or higher, General Physics I and II, Human Physiology and Anatomy I and II, Psychology (six credits), and Statistics. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores is required.

Required courses: Completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree requires the completion of each of the following courses and one, three-credit elective, approved by the Program Director (for a total of 121 credits): PT 5410, 5412, 5414, 5416, 5418, 5420, 5422, 5424, 5430, 5431, 5432, 5433, 5434, 5437, 5438, 5440, 5446, 5448, 5450, 5451, 5452, 5453, 5454, 5455, 5456, 5458, 5460, 5461, 5462, 5463, 5464, 5465, 5466, 5467, 5469, 5480, and 5481.

Required Health-Related Community Service: All Doctor of Physical Therapy Students must complete 30 hours of Health-Related Community Service. Types of service that qualify and final approval of hours must be obtained from the Program Director.

The program is offered by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.