Quinnipiac University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Quinnipiac University



Quinnipiac University (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 02/22/2005
Address:   Program in Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Quinnipiac University
Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone:   (203)582-8200
Fax:   (203)582-8706
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (203)582-8600
Financial Aid Phone:   (203)582-8750
Web Address:   http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1025.xml
Program E-mail:   donald.kowalsky@quinnipiac.edu
Donald Kowalsky, PT, EdD
Associate Professor and Chairman
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, October 1974 (no longer offered); Master’s degree, April, 1997; DPT degree, February 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master's degree (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Program in Physical Therapy is divided into a 3-year pre-professional component and a 3.5-year professional component. Following completion of 3.5 years of study, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in health and science studies with a minor in biology. Students receive a Doctorate in physical therapy upon completion of the program. The pre-professional component provides a broad liberal arts education, as well as the basic science foundation for the professional component. Consistent with the university’s mission, this integration of liberal arts and professional studies prepares students to be responsible decision makers in a society that increasingly demands its professionals understand the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and technology. During the professional component the students develop the specific knowledge base, clinical skills, problem-solving ability, and professionalism necessary to become entry-level physical therapists. The program objectives are to prepare physical therapy clinicians who will be sensitive to the evolving concept of comprehensive health care; to prepare them to cooperate with other health professionals in meeting the changing health needs of society; to assist the student in the acquisition of the basic skills for assuming responsibilities in the areas of patient care, administration, education, and research; and to cultivate in the student a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the social, political and economic aspects of health in conjunction with the humanities.
Third year students complete a 4-week clinical experience. Fourth and fifth year students complete 8-week clinical internships. Sixth year students complete 2 10-week internships. Clinical facilities represent a variety of clinical settings and are located throughout the US.
There are 15 full-time and eight part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 67% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and nine are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged four publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:15.
Total full-time undergraduate enrollment includes 4,924 students, representing 1,856 men and 3,068 women. The physical therapy program includes 387 students, representing 116 men and 271 women.
The Quinnipiac University academic year (fall to spring) begins in late August and ends in May, with a formal commencement held on the third Sunday in May. Students are accepted to Quinnipiac University at the freshman level. Students should have 4 years of the following high school course work: science (including physics), math (generally at least through pre-calculus), English, and appropriate history and language courses. Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 overall and within the science and math requirements during the pre-professional program are automatically accepted into the professional program. The program received 600 applications for the fall of 2004, accepted 379 and enrolled 100 students. The application deadline is December 31. Seventy percent of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
80% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); 96% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (3-year average); and 98% of those program graduates responding to surveys were employed full time within 6 months following graduation (3-year average).
From September-May 2004-05, the tuition is $21,540. Room and board is $9,900. There is an additional fee, which includes the student activity fee, of $960 per year. Financial aid is available through a combination of institutional, federal, and state funding. Sixty-five percent of all students receive some form of financial aid.
Quinnipiac University residential halls serve more than 70% of the student population. Intercollegiate athletics include: 60-70 intramural teams; North East Conference, NCAA, and MAAC member; men’s Division I basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country, track, ice hockey and lacrosse; and women’s Division I basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country track, field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse. The 300-acre campus includes a total of 45 buildings located in Hamden, Connecticut. New Haven is located 8 miles away, and the nearest international airport, Bradley, is located 40 miles north.