Before being considered for entrance into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, all students must complete an appropriate Bachelor of Science degree.
Highly qualified students will enter the University and enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. At the end of Semester 7, (Fall of the Senior year) students will be reviewed by the admissions committee to ensure that they have completed the prerequisites and achieved a 3.1 in the Sciences and a 3.1 GPA overall (conditionally accepted, pending completion of the Bachelor degree with fulfilling all required GPA’s). Those students who have not obtained the pre-requisite GPA’s will be able to complete the Bachelor of Health Science degree but will NOT move directly into the DPT program and must apply as a post baccalaureate student.
In order to assure the acquisition of the required GPA’s, the program has implemented yearly overall and science GPA’s. If the overall and science GPA’s are not attained, a student will lose their automatic entry into the DPT program and must apply as a post-baccalaureate student. All required courses must be passed with a C or better. Science courses can be retaken only once. Students taking a single course more than twice, or repeating more than 3 courses to achieve the required grade/ GPA, will lose their automatic entry into the DPT program and must apply as a post baccalaureate student.
The undergraduate program for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences consists of eight semesters of foundational science course work with biological and social sciences, general education requirements, liberal arts education in the humanities, and a health science core of courses. Students are also required to complete a series of four pre-physical therapy seminar courses. These seminars facilitate the mentoring of students in the profession of physical therapy. Several options for minors are also available within the program. A fast-track program of study is available for those students who wish to expedite their undergraduate program. This program consists of six academic semesters, with two full-time summer sessions. Limited options for minors are also available within this plan of study.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a three-year, full-time program beyond the undergraduate degree. For details of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum, see the University of Hartford Graduate Catalog.