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College of Health Professions
Office of Graduate Admissions
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825
Doctor Physical Therapy
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.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 106
In State Tuition (per year): 32022 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 32022 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 0-999