Physical Therapy

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Tara Chudy
Tel: 203-365-4735

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Department Chair

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

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Monica Rivera
Tel: 203-365-4724
Fax: 203-365-4723

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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.

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

Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Present Project Posters

December 21, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Doctor of Physical Therapy students enrolled in Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions presented the results of their semester-long projects with posters recently at SHU’s Trumbull facility. In all, 65 third-year doctoral students worked on projects in teams of four to six and created posters for the presentation, outlining their work. The 15 posters illustrated students’ service learning clinical projects, which related to the development of health promotion or quality improvement programs at such local facilities as physical therapy clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing centers, adult day care agencies and community agencies. The project is the last hurdle for the students before they begin clinical internships, according to Donna Bowers, chair of the doctor of physical therapy program.

Coaches, Athletes Invited to Annual Running Clinic

November 15, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University will host its second annual RUNScience clinic for local running coaches and athletes Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. The evidence-based sports science clinic will include expert speakers in the fields of biomechanics, nutrition and physiology, as well as lectures from high school, collegiate and professional coaches.

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.