Husson College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Husson College




Husson College (A1, A2, D6, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 01/24/2005


Address:   Program in Physical Therapy


1 College Circle

Bangor, ME04401

Phone:   (207)941-7101 Fax:   (207)941-7883


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Suzanne P Gordon, PT, MA, EdD




  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 (no longer admitting students) DPT Degree, June 2005

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2015

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



The Physical Therapy Program is a 6-year entry level Master’s program for a student entering directly from high school. The College is seeking approval from the State of Maine and accrediting bodies to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Transfer students may enter into year two or three depending on the number of credits being transferred. All students who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or greater by the spring semester of the third year progress to the fourth year of the program, and they must maintain this GPA in the fourth to sixth year. Students with an undergraduate degree and all appropriate prerequisite courses may apply for entry into the professional phase (year 4) of the program. Study during the first 2 years of the program is in the areas of the humanities and sciences, which help fulfill the College’s general education requirements. The third year of study is designed to provide a broad comprehensive base in specific areas of health related knowledge and concepts. After the successful completion of the undergraduate requirements, Physical Therapy students earn a Baccalaureate degree in Kinesiology. During the fourth, fifth, and sixth year, the focus is on professional studies, research, and clinical practice.



Students in the fourth, fifth and sixth years of the Physical Therapy program are required to participate in unpaid full-time clinical experiences as part of their professional education. It is recommended that students budget an additional $2000-$2500 for travel, accommodations, etc. There are three clinical placement periods during the professional phase of the program shown below: Year 4 – 8-week placement between May and August (generally mid-May to early July) Year 5 – 8-week placement between March and August (generally mid-March to mid-May) Year 6 – 8-week placement in January and February (generally mid-January to mid-March) Generally, the physical therapy program will attempt to place fourth-year students near their home for the first clinical placement (although this cannot be guaranteed). In the fifth and sixth years, students will be required to travel to other locations for their clinical placements. The program currently has contracts with approximately 200 clinical sites throughout the United States and Canada.



The department has eight full-time faculty members. Five of the faculty have doctoral degrees. Combined, faculty members have over 155 peer-reviewed publications in nationally and internationally recognized scientific journals. All full-time faculty members are actively engaged in research, and many are reviewers for professional journals. The faculty’s expertise includes Orthopedics, Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Neurological Rehabilitation, Motor Control and Biomechanics. In the professional phase of the program, the faculty to student ratio is currently 1:7.



The college has a total student enrollment of approximately 2100. The Department of Physical Therapy, located in the School of Health Professions, has an enrollment of approximately 155 students. The School of Health also houses nursing and occupational therapy programs. The class size in the professional program in physical therapy is usually about 30. Students from throughout the US and foreign countries are encouraged to apply.



Applicants applying for entry into the first year of the program must meet the following criteria; combined SAT I scores of 900 (or ACT equivalent), a high school average of 85 (3.0) GPA, two letters of recommendation, successful completion of the courses in math, biology, and chemistry, a written essay explaining the applicant’s interest in Physical Therapy and a recommended minimum of 20 volunteer hours in at least two areas of Physical Therapy. Physics and trigonometry are also recommended. Early application is encouraged for the pre-professional phase. The College currently accepts approximately 50 students into year one of the program. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis. Early acceptance is offered to applicants who meet all program requirements. Transfer students may enter in September or January of the pre-professional phase. The number of applicants selected is restricted to ensure quality education during the professional phase of the program and to facilitate clinical placement of all students. Applicants applying for entry into the fourth year of the program will be considered in late spring after the number of third year students progressing to the fourth year is known. The number of available positions is limited and varies from year-to-year. Applicants must have an undergraduate Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, have successfully completed core requirements as listed in the Physical Therapy Curriculum and submit a complete application packet by May 15th.



All of our graduates who have taken the National Licensing Exam have passed and are currently practicing physical therapy throughout the United States.



A freshman-entry physical therapy student is classified as an undergraduate student through the fourth year and as a graduate student in the fifth and sixth years. The student who holds a Bachelors degree is classified as a graduate student for the three years of the professional phase. The tuition structure in the first, second, and third years is identical to the per-credit hour fee applied to other Husson students. The typical pre-professional tuition is $12,240 per year. During the professional phase (fourth, fifth, and sixth years), students pay a flat annual tuition fee of $13,950. This fee covers all instructional lab expenses and required clinical internships.



Campus student activities include something for everyone, from intramural athletics to whitewater rafting, dances, sororities and fraternities. The Student Activities Director could keep you busy every day of the week with everything from comedians to campus play productions and musical groups. Husson has a very active Student Government. Our gymnasium has an Olympic-size pool, and is home to the new ClaraSwanCenter which houses a fully equipped, climate-controlled fitness center. The Organization of Physical Therapy Student (OPTS) provides you with an opportunity to participate in community service and campus projects with your fellow PT students. The highlight of the year is wheelchair basketball, an event featuring the High Rollers from Maine Adaptive Sports. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Outing Club plans trips to nearby Acadia National Park and world famous Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, providing a number of summer and winter activities such as hiking, biking, and skiing to mention only a few.