Doctor of Physical Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you accept freshman directly into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program?
No. The DPT Program is a post-baccalaureate graduate program. Students who enter the University of Connecticut as freshmen can apply in their senior year. They must first complete a bachelors degree and prerequisite coursework (see below).
As a high school senior interested in the DPT Program at the University of Connecticut, how do I apply initially to the University?
Freshman application can be made to the University of Connecticut Undergraduate Admissions Office in a number of majors that can serve as excellent preparation for the University’s DPT Program. Appropriate majors include, but are not limited to, Biology, Kinesiology: Exercise Science, or Allied Health. However, there is no designated undergraduate track for the DPT. Students who are not ready to make a decision regarding an undergraduate major can apply as an Exploratory major through the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES). To contact the ACES office, call (860) 486-1788 or visit their webpage at http://aces.uconn.edu
What bachelors degree do I need to apply to the DPT Program?
There is no specific bachelors degree needed for admission to the DPT Program. Students should base the decision for their baccalaureate program on interest and availability. Additionally, students should consider the inclusion of DPT admission prerequisite course requirements within the plan of study for their bachelor's degree.
What do I need to be eligible for admission to the DPT Program?
General admission requirements: Students must submit an application during their senior year and complete their bachelors degree by the end of the spring semester in the year they wish to be admitted to the DPT Program. Students who have already earned a bachelors degree can apply during the application period of November 15th through January 15th of any given year.
Regardless of undergraduate major there are specific prerequisite courses that are required:
- Cellular biology
- Comparative anatomy and physiology (8 credits)
- General chemistry (8 credits)
- General psychology (6 credits)
- Pre-calculus or calculus
- General physics (8 credits).
Additional coursework in the areas of biology of human health and disease, organic chemistry, human development, human genetics, biochemistry, nutrition, and developmental psychology is recommended. Applicants should earn a science grade point average (biology, chemistry, math, physics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, statistics) and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better will be required to be competitive.
Do graduates of the program earn their license to practice physical therapy?
Before graduates from accredited physical therapy programs can practice physical therapy they must pass a licensure board examination. All 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia recognize the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy examination as the standard for determining licensure eligibility. The first DPT class was 100% successful in passing the board examination on their first attempt.
Are graduates of the program finding employment in physical therapy?
There continues to be a strong demand for physical therapists. All recent graduates seeking full-time employment in physical therapy are working in the field.
How many students do you accept into the DPT Program?
The number of admitted students will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants, but it will not exceed 28.
Will you accept applicants to the DPT Program who are from universities other than the University of Connecticut?
Yes, but applicants must have a bachelors degree or higher and have taken all prerequisites. Their prerequisites need to have been completed at a four—year university. Students must first be admissible to the Graduate School before they can be offered admission in the DPT Program. If accepted, students begin course work in the summer.
When must I have my admission course work completed to be eligible for admission to the DPT Program?
Students must complete the science prerequisites and graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester that they are making application. If a student already holds a bachelors degree, admission requirements must be complete by the start of the program (May).
How often during the year do you admit students to the DPT Program?
Admission to the DPT Program occurs once a year. Application deadline is January 15th. Students are admitted through the Graduate School with the agreement of the DPT Program. Please refer to the Graduate School catalog and website for the University graduate admission application, procedures and deadlines.
If accepted, when would I begin my physical therapy course work in the DPT Program?
All students begin their course work in May of the year they are admitted.
Are there any requirements for physical therapy experience prior to application?
There are no specific experience requirements. However, it is strongly recommended that applicants accumulate at least 40 hours of observation of physical therapy in a variety of settings. The goal of the observation is to familiarize students with the profession of physical therapy as well as to solidify their choice of physical therapy as a profession.
Are there any scholarships available for physical therapy students?
The DPT Program has limited scholarship funding, which is awarded annually through the Neag School of Education. Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services for additional information on other scholarship opportunities.