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
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:
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.
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.
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