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AmericanInternationalCollege (A2, D6, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 01/13/2005


Address:   Physical Therapy Program


1000 State Street

Springfield, MA01109-9983

Phone:   (413)205-3320 Fax:   (413)205-3957

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (413)747-6201 

Financial Aid Phone:   (413)747-6259 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Edward Swanson, PT, PhD, MEd, MBA

Program Director



  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, February 1999; DPT degree, December 2004

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2013

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy



Students enter the program in September and continue in the program, for 2.5 calendar years, and graduate in December. The first year consists of the Fall and Spring semesters, followed by an 8-week clinical internship during the summer. The second year consists of the Fall and Spring semesters, and is completed by two 8-week clinical internships.



Students begin clinical experiences and internships in the first year of study which are continued throughout the second year. Clinical Internship experiences are 8 weeks in length and the student must complete three internships in three different areas of clinical expertise. The college has more than 380 clinical intern sites across the United States, including Hawaii.



There are 8 full-time and one supportive faculty member. Four core faculty members are certified as clinical specialists and all are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 4 years, the faculty has averaged 1.5 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1: 8.



There are approximately 1200 undergraduate students (90 pre-physical therapy students) and 470 graduate students at the college. There are 40 students currently enrolled in the colleges’ Master in Physical Therapy Program.



The grade point average (GPA) for admission is 3.2 with a science GPA of 3.0. There are averages of 35-45 students accepted per year to the graduate program. In addition, three recommendations (one from a physical therapist); an essay detailing reasons for choosing physical therapy as a profession and a personal interview are required for admission. Prerequisite courses and additional information can be found on our website 93% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). 93% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).



97% of admitted students to the professional phase of the physical therapy graduate from the program (3-year average).



The 2003-04 tuition is based on a single fee basis. Fall and Spring semesters are based on 16-20 credits per semester. Summer sessions are usually 8 credits. There is limited on-campus housing for graduate students. Students find local apartments in the area with costs ranging between $250-$350 per month, per person. Over 75% of current AIC students receive some type of federal, state, and institutional or private financial assistance. The Division of Physical Therapy offers numerous graduate assistantships in the second and third years of study, and you may apply for other graduate assistantships throughout the college on a competitive basis. The Financial Aid Office works closely with students in order to help them secure sufficient funds to meet the costs of attendance. Primarily, the office administers the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Stafford Loan Program, the two largest sources of state financial assistance to students nationally, including the Perkins Loan, SEOG Grant, and Work-Study Programs. For undergraduate residents of Massachusetts, we administer the MASS Grant and Gilbert Grant programs, the two largest sources of state financial assistance. Several private, non-governmental loans plans offered by major national banks are available through the Financial Aid Office. Finally, you are encouraged to apply for special need-based endowed scholarships, which are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the college in January of each year.



The academic campus consists of about 16 acres of land situated in the geographic center of the City of Springfield. AIC is a student-centered college with academic programs, which include the traditional major offerings in the Liberal Arts, various specialties in Business Administration, and Teacher Training, as well as such career-oriented programs as Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Medical Therapy. AIC has comprehensive programs of social and cultural activities, which are largely student-oriented, and supports an active Student Government. It has a large variety of intercollegiate and intramural sports programs for both men and women.