Sacred Heart University offers a 3-year, full-time program in Physical Therapy that prepares graduates for professional practice in physical therapy as general practitioners who demonstrate self-directed, ongoing learning, an understanding of self in the context of professional role, competency in clinical practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills, knowledge of self in service to others, and a commitment to effect positive change within the greater community.
The DPT program utilizes a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) design through tutorials, mentorships and group projects. PBL places emphasis on the development of a reflective practitioner by teaching students to learn from and solve clinical problems. Curriculum content is organized around carefully designed patient or professional practice problems that students study, discuss, and research in small groups called tutorials. Students develop the ability to identify, organize and synthesize materials relevant to each case in a self-directed manner that indicates responsibility for one’s own learning as well as the learning of the group. The tutorial group work develops reasonable interdependence among students and supports the use of peers in learning and problem solving.
The graduate program is a 3-year (6 semester) course of study available on a full-time basis only, in order to allow for professional socialization and the integration of course work. Full-time clinical education occurs during the summers between the first and second year (8 weeks), between the second and third years (10 weeks) and during the final semester of study.
Sacred Heart's DPTprogram was ranked the #1 PT program in Connecticut, one of the top 5 programs in New England, and among the top 25% of programs in the nation according to the most recent U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools.
Sacred Heart University's physical therapy program is fully accredited at both the state (Connecticut Department of Higher Education) and national (Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education) levels. As a result, students are prepared to sit for physical therapist licensing examinations throughout the United States.
International Student Requirements:
Students holding an undergraduate degree from outside the United States must have their academic credentials verified and evaluated by an independent evaluation service. Sacred Heart University accepts course-by-course evaluations from World Education Service (WES). You can review their procedure and complete the necessary application process on the WES website.
All international graduate applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an official test score report from one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, Pearson PTE or iTEP exam.
The following minimum scores are accepted:
TOEFL PBT: 570
TOEFL iBT: 90
Facts & Figures
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Out State Tuition (per year):
Master's College or University I
Scholarships, discounts, grants, employment, loans, or payment plans are available. FASFA code: 001403