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.
2015 John O’Donnell PT Student Scholarship Recipient
Dr. Shirley Sahrmann Receives the College of Health Professions Community Partners Award
October 27, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, who received the College of Health Professions Community Partners Award on October 9, 2015.
SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education
June 18, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”
Promoting Global Health Awareness Through Hands-On Training
November 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – When you get Christina Gunther talking about international study-abroad opportunities provided through Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, the conversation quickly moves from travelogue and course listings to social justice, unique hands-on training and life-altering experiences. Gunther, director, Global Programs & Assessment, isn’t just an advocate—she’s a coach, mentor, diplomat, social worker, international tour director and global healthcare champion. And she’s working to change the world, one student, one country and one cultural experience at a time “with a talented group of faculty.”