Physical Therapy

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Tara Chudy
Tel: 203-365-4735

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Donna M. Bowers, PT, MPH, PCS
Clinical Associate Professor

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Monica Rivera
Tel: 203-365-4724
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The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program
The doctorate program is a professional educational program leading to a clinical doctorate (Doctor of Physical Therapy or DPT) as the entry-level degree for professional practice. The program is three years in length, including eight to 10 weeks of full-time clinical work in each of the summers between the first and second years. 
If you are considering application to SHU Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please review the SHU DPT Essential Functions Document. This document describes the academic, clinical and interpersonal aptitudes and abilities that allow physical therapy students to complete the professional curriculum. These Essential Functions are necessary to perform the clinical skills consistent with physical therapy practice as outlined by the APTA’s Guide to Physical Therapist Practice.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
A post-professional didactic and mentored clinical educational experience designed to facilitate the acquisition and development of advanced clinical skills and fundamental clinical teaching methods and scholarship; and prepare specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy who demonstrate self-directedness, life-long learning, an understanding of self in the context of professional role, advanced skills in evidence-based orthopaedic clinical physical therapy practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills, knowledge of self in service to others, and a commitment to lead and affect positive change within orthopaedic physical therapy and the larger physical therapy community.

3+3 Physical Therapy Program¬†Option 
‎This program offers qualified University undergraduates the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in physical therapy in six years. The ability to take advantage of the 3+3 option (three years of undergraduate course work and three years of graduate course work) is available only to students who choose undergraduate majors in exercise science, psychology or biology.
Latest News

Clinical Grad Students Present Physical Therapy Project Work

January 8, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A total of 63 SHU graduate students, organized into 13 teams, concluded the fall semester by presenting their service learning clinical project work in the form of poster sessions. The students are all doctor of physical therapy candidates, and the posters showcased their efforts to develop health promotion or quality improvement programs at select community-based facilities, including physical therapy clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and adult day care agencies.

Dr. Shirley Sahrmann Receives the College of Health Professions Community Partners Award

October 27, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, who received the College of Health Professions Community Partners Award on October 9, 2015.

SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”