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Physical Therapy/Exercise Science (6-year DPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy/B.S. Exercise Science (DPT/ES) - 3 + 3 years

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a six-year entry-level program for students entering directly from high school. Courses during the first three years of the program (the pre-professional undergraduate phase) are in the areas of the humanities and sciences, and fulfill the University’s general education requirements and many of the requirements for the BS in Exercise Science degree. Study during the last three years of the program (the professional graduate phase) consists of professional physical therapy courses that prepare the student for clinical practice and licensure as a physical therapist.

Students who have not completed a baccalaureate degree may enter into the pre-professional year one or two depending on the number of credits being transferred.

Pre-professional students may progress to the fourth year if they have earned

  • 1) a grade of C or better in the pre-requisite courses (listed below), and with a GPA of at least 3.0 in these courses. Only one of these courses may be repeated one time; additional repeats will not be allowed.
  • 2) a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater by the close of the spring semester of the third year. 
  • 3) and, submit a GRE score by May 30th. 

Pre-professional courses requiring a grade of C or better

Students who receive a score of 5 on AP science exams (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy/Physiology) may use these credits to meet pre-professional core science requirements. All other AP credits will be accepted according to University policy.

Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.199 and have a GPA of 3.0 in the pre-requisite courses may apply for entry in to the professional phase (fourth year) of the DPT program, but will be competing with other qualified applicants for available seats. The minimum requirements include:

  • Complete the third pre-professional year with a grade of C or better in the above pre-requisite courses.
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 by the close of the spring semester of the third year.
  • Submit a GRE score by May 30th. GRE scores will be tracked for information only until 2017, and will not be used to make the admissions decision. GRE information can be found at http://www.ets.org/.

Submit in hard copy the following material by April 15.  This information will help you to compete with the applicants who already hold a bachelor's degree. 
Send to:  PT Admissions Committee, School of Physical Therapy, Husson University, 1 College Circle, Bangor ME  04401-2999.

  • A letter of intent stating your wish for admission into the DPT program.  In this letter, you will want to advocate for yourself, persuading the committee of your potential for success as a DPT student.
  • A resume.  Be sure to include those activities or jobs that support your future success as a DPT student or as a PT.
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic source, not a PT faculty member.
  • A written essay addressing one of several prompts listed below.
    Written essay guidelines: Please write an essay on one of the following topics. Limit your essay to no more than two typed pages, double-spaced. The essay will be evaluated on organization, clarity, grammar, and punctuation, as well as content. Please include the topic at the top of your essay.
    • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
    • Describe a major problem or challenge that you have encountered and the ways in which you dealt with it.
    • Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. Tell us about an external influence (a person, an event, etc.) that affected you and how it caused you to change direction.

All students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the professional phase of the program.

After the successful completion of the fourth year of study and all undergraduate requirements, Physical Therapy students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. These students then become graduate students who are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the successful completion of the final two years of the program.