Physical Therapy/Kinesiology (6-year DPT)

Doctor of Physical Therapy/B.S. Kinesiology (DPT/BSK) - 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. 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. Mandatory courses are scheduled for the following terms: fall, January, spring, May and summer. Physical Therapy students in the professional phase may have only one week off at winter break, one week off at spring break, and approximately 8 weeks off during the summer.

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
  • 2) a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater by the close of the spring semester of the third year. To attain this cumulative GPA, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of the second-year spring semester.  You should plan on a change to a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater, effective for classes entering Fall 2013 and beyond.
  • 3) and, submit a GRE score by May 30th. GRE scores will be tracked for information until 2017, and will not be used to make the admissions decision.

Pre-professional courses requiring a grade of C or better

Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.299 (3.0 to 3.499 for classes entering Fall 2013 and beyond) and have met the following requirements may apply for entry into 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, Department 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.

Students who have not met the above GPA and course criteria by the close of the spring semester of the third year, or who have met the criteria but were not accepted into the DPT program, may not progress into the professional phase, thereby losing their reserved seat in the class they were admitted into. Such a student will be dismissed from the PT program, and advised to complete a bachelor's degree in another program. After attaining a bachelor's degree, the student may reapply for entry into the professional phase of the DTP curriculum.

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 Kinesiology. 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.