Dr. Patricia Walker, Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, receives therapy at the Cambridge Physical Therapy clinic from Dr. David Cameron, Clinical Assistant Professor, after having shoulder surgery.
Combining Undergraduate & Graduate Study: Sacred Heart University offers admission to students from its own undergraduate programs and to students holding undergraduate degrees form other institutions. Qualified Sacred Heart University undergraduates have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree and a DPT degree 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 elect to complete their undergraduate studies with a major in Exercise Science, Psychology, or Biology. Students choosing an accelerated 3+3 option work closely with their undergraduate advisor to follow a specific sequence of study in their chosen undergraduate major
Integrated Clinical Experiences: Structured clinical activities integrated into classes during each of the first 4 academic semesters help students understand the practical application of semester content and facilitate the process of professional development.
Capstone Projects: Students complete two special projects during the program. The first “capstone” experience occurs at the end of the second year and is the culmination of the patient-based portion of the curriculum. The second “capstone” experience occurs at the end of the practice-based portion of the curriculum during the third year. Each develops the students' ability to access, interpret, synthesize, and apply relevant research literature to patient or practice situations - with the goal of using evidence to inform practice and understand the gaps in the professional body of knowledge.
Faculty: The PT program includes exceptional faculty with more than 100 years of aggregated teaching experience across the 14 faculty members. Program faculty are well established in the physical therapy education community. Most faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees or advanced clinical certification, including those who are nationally recognized for scholarship, service to the profession, or teaching excellence. For further information about our faculty, please visit our faculty profiles page.
Motion Analysis Laboratory: The Motion Analysis Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art advanced technology to facilitate disciplined scientific inquiry in the field of human movement science.
Physical Therapy Faculty Practice: The practice includes two large clinics on campus and several contractual services provided in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and programs for children with special needs. The practice offers opportunities for faculty to remain current in the field and engage in clinical research. Additionally, students may have the opportunity to work with faculty and staff in the clinical environment.
Community Outreach Activities: Community outreach activities include the operation of the St. Charles/Sacred Heart University Health & Wellness Center in Bridgeport, CT, in conjunction with St. Charles Catholic Church Parish.