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.
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.
Amy Tran Receives National Physical Therapy Minority Student Scholarship
April 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Amy Tran ’14, a Sacred Heart University graduate student, has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) $5,000 Minority Scholarship Award. Tran who is originally from Vietnam, applied for the scholarship in the fall of 2013.
Chui Named as Department Chair of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science
April 16, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University recently named Kevin Chui chair of the department of physical therapy and human movement science. In this role, Chui will provide leadership for the athletic training and exercise science programs in addition to serving as the director of the physical therapy program and director of clinical practice for Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Specialists. He will also be responsible for the strategic planning of the program, faculty mentorship, creating and implementing a budget for the program, accreditation, admissions to the program and more.
Professor Yvette Blanchard Receives Fulbright Award
June 19, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Talk to the faculty at any university and you will hear what an awesome responsibility it is to shape young minds. There are only a handful, however, who can claim to shape some of the youngest minds on the planet. Professor Yvette Blanchard – Sacred Heart University’s most recent Fulbright Specialist recipient – can make those claims. Specializing in neurobehavioural assessment, Blanchard, who teaches in the physical therapy program at SHU, is quite literally a mind reader – working with premature and high-risk infants.