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.
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.
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.
SHU Launches Life and Sport Analysis Clinic
May 1, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University officially launched its Life and Sport Analysis Clinic (LSAC) earlier this semester. Based at the Oakview building in Trumbull, the clinic was founded in 2009 in a condensed form, but now it is running at capacity with a dedicated, full-time staff. “The idea was born a few years ago when a couple of the faculty on campus noticed that there was a missing link within the health care system,” says Brendan Rickert, clinical exercise scientist at LSAC.
SHU Offers New Graduate Program in Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy: Only Such Program Available in Connecticut
January 24, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University began offering a post-professional graduate-level certificate program in advanced orthopaedic physical therapy in January 2013. The program, the only one of its kind in Connecticut, consists of 18 credits earned on campus and online. The program is designed to prepare graduates to practice advanced, evidence-based orthopaedic physical therapy and sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Certification Examination as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). “We’re trying to meet the needs of both the academic and clinical side of physical therapy, to keep people training while also preparing them to acquire this increasingly valued credential,” says Gary Austin, associate professor of physical therapy and director of the new program.