Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Department Location

Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

At Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut, our three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program is specifically designed to provide students with the theoretical training and practical experience they need to succeed. The physical therapy 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.‌

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Whatever your professional focus or anticipated specialty, you'll benefit from this program's unique combination of features:

  • ‌A distinguished faculty of expert therapists and scholars who practice what they teach and teach what they practice.

  • State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, including a motion analysis lab for an unparalleled learning experience.

  • Exclusive problem-based learning curriculum designed to impart the complex diagnostic and therapeutic skills used in today's most advanced clinics.

  • Integrated clinical experience program, which pairs students with expert physical therapists from the local community for in-depth, hands-on training.

Program Mission

The program in physical therapy prepares graduates for professional practice in physical therapy as general practitioners who demonstrate self-directed, ongoing learning, an understanding of self in the context of professional role, competency in clinical practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills, knowledge of self in service to others and a commitment to effect positive change within the greater community.

Program Philosophy

The program and its faculty believe that the program mission can best be accomplished through a professional curriculum based upon a strong liberal arts foundation. Further, we believe that the curriculum of the professional program should place at its center the process of clinical problem solving as a construct for: (1) the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and skills; and (2) for the process of clinical decision-making in professional practice. The application of the clinical problem solving process is dependent not only upon knowledge of one's patient, but also on the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the profession's body of knowledge through effective use of the professional literature and current information technologies. We believe that the problem-based model of learning provides the optimal tools for developing graduates who value self-directed learning, who are prepared for the clinical decision-making demanded in professional practice and who anticipate and respond to changes in the health care delivery system.

We believe that role models who are professionally competent and personally committed to serving the greater community are best able to model the behaviors of a socially responsible professional. We believe that in order to be effective, graduates must be sensitive to the diversity of individuals with whom they interact, and to regional differences in the practice of physical therapy.
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Physical Therapy Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Sacred Heart University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 203-396-8078 or email

CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited, or are seeking accreditation by CAPTE, and complaints about CAPTE itself. Please refer to the link below for the process to file a complaint with CAPTE