Franklin Pierce College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Franklin Pierce College



Franklin Pierce College (D6, F2, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/27/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Franklin Pierce College
5 Chenell Dr.
Concord, NH 03301
Phone:   (603)899-4361
Financial Aid Phone:   (603)228-1155
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Jane Walter Venzke, PT, EdD, FAPTA
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director, Physical Therapy Program
  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, May 2000 (as Notre Dame College); DPT degree, May 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2016
  Five Year History:   Accreditation (Previously accredited as Notre Dame College)
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
In keeping with the mission of the College and the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Physical Therapy Program strives to educate and graduate one physical therapy student at a time giving individual attention to admissions, curriculum, performance and outcomes while adhering to rigorous academic standards. Previously the program was offered by Notre Dame College. Upon closing of the college, Franklin Pierce College became the sponsor of the program and established the program at its Concord, NH campus. Students enter the program in the fall semester (end of August or beginning of September) and continue for three academic years. The delivery of this program will change to a trimester system over a 24-27 month period of time in the near future. Students engage in integrated clinical experiences within the program as well as clinical affiliations toward the end of the program. Students are supported with on-line coursework while on affiliations to assure the integration of course content into the affiliation experience.
The curriculum is structured in such a way that the clinical applications of course content are observed, practiced and evaluated in integrated clinical experiences beginning in the first courses in the program and extending throughout the curriculum. Students observe and participate in local physical therapy clinics, spend time with mentors, have opportunities to engage in wellness activities and engage with patient groups within specific courses. Students begin the program with observational experiences one afternoon per week for 4 weeks during each semester of the first year. Three full-time clinical experiences are offered in a variety of settings. The first is a 6-week experience during the summer between years 2 and 3 followed by two 8-week experiences in the fall semester of year 3. The College has more than 250 clinical sites throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Some students elect to do a clinical affiliation at facilities in Europe.
There are six full-time and one part-time faculty members, five of whom hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and four are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.
The approximate enrollment in the graduate programs is 454 students. Currently 30 students are enrolled in the Physical Therapy Program.
We select a maximum of 24 students for each of our classes which begin in the fall semester. We have a two-part rolling admissions process. Students submit an initial application with transcripts beginning November 1 (and until July 1 or when the class is full) for admission the following fall. We require a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in courses in the student’s area of concentration. Students who have received a BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Exercise Physiology or Athletic Training are deemed to have met the prerequisites for admission. If students hold a degree in fields other than those listed above, they are expected to meet the following prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology, 8 credits; Chemistry, 4 credits, Physics, 8 credits; Pre-Calculus, 3 credits, Statistics, 3 credits; Psychology, 6 credits.
Approximately 90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). Approximately 98% of students (combined assessment of Notre Dame and Franklin Pierce College PT graduates) pass the NPTE and only one student chose not to take the exam and, therefore, not practice physical therapy. Detailed information on employment will be available in November following completion of an employment survey of graduates.
Graduate tuition for the 2004-2005 academic year is $21,900. The summer tuition is $407 per credit. The Office of Financial Aid works closely with our students to help them secure resources for their education. Approximately 90-95% of our PT students receive some sort of financial assistance. There are loans through governmental and independent agencies. The program also offers approximately five graduate work-study positions of $3,000-5,000 per academic year.