3 + 3 Physical Therapy Option

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Combining Undergraduate & Graduate Studies
Sacred Heart University offers qualified University undergraduates the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in Physical Therapy within 6 years. The ability to take advantage of the “3+3” option (3 years of undergraduate course work and 3 years of graduate course work) is available only to students who choose undergraduate majors in Exercise Science, Psychology, or Biology. Students choosing a 3+3 option must work carefully with their undergraduate advisor to follow a specific sequence of study in their chosen undergraduate major. 

Sample curricula for each of the majors are provided at the links below. These programs of study provide guidance on how to complete all major requirements and DPT prerequisites within three years. Please note that at least some summer work is required for each of the 3+3 options. With appropriate planning, some summer course work may be completed at other universities offering equivalent courses.

For students entering SHU in Fall 2014 or later:
For students entering SHU in Fall 2013 or later:
For students entering SHU in Fall 2010 or later:

For students entering SHU in Fall 2007 or later:

  • Exercise Science 3+3 Model
    Model A for those who have had high school Physics; Model B for those who have not had high school Physics

  • Psychology 3+3 Model 

  • Biology 3+3 Model
    Model A for those who do not qualify to take two sciences as a Freshman; Model B for those who do qualify to take two science sequences as a Freshman

For students entering SHU before Fall 2007:

  • Exercise Science 3+3 Model‌‎
    Model A for those who have had high school Physics; Model B for those who have not had high school Physics

  • Psychology 3+3 Model‌‎

  • Biology 3+3 Model‌‎
    Model A for those who do not qualify to take two sciences as a Freshman; Model B for those who do qualify to take two science sequences as a Freshman