Springfield College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Springfield College




Springfield College (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 02/17/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Springfield College
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Phone:   (413)748-3590
Fax:   (413)748-3371
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (413)748-3590
Financial Aid Phone:   (413)748-3108
Web Address:   http://www.spfldcol.edu/pt
Program E-mail:   dmiller@spfldcol.edu
David Miller, PT, PhD
  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:   Masters degree, March 1988; DPT degree, February 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program has a 3-year Pre-Physical Therapy component where the focus of the course work is general education and the basic sciences. All undergraduate students who enter the college as physical therapy majors and meet all program requirements, advance at the end of the third year to enter the 3 year Physical Therapy Program ; there is no re-application process. Undergraduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physical Therapy at the end of the 4th year of study. Graduate students entering the program complete the Physical Therapy Program only. The Physical Therapy Program begins with a summer semester and continues through three subsequent academic years. A group research project, culminating with a poster presentation and a paper in manuscript format, is required to complete the research portion of the curriculum. Students spend an average of 18 hours per week in class. There are eight full-time faculty and ten adjunct faculty members. Commencement occurs in May.
Exposure to various clinical settings begins in the first year of the physical therapy program with the incorporation of integrated clinical experiences which bolster the classroom content. The clinical education portion of the curriculum continues with a series of 3 full-time 10-week clinical experiences. The clinical experiences occur during the 2nd and 3rd years of graduate study. Students complete clinical experiences in orthopedics, rehabilitation and acute care. Sites for clinical experiences are primarily in the northeast and along the eastern seaboard of the United States.
There are eight full-time faculty members. Three of the full-time faculty hold a post-professional doctoral degree and three are currently enrolled in doctoral study, three faculty members are certified as clinical specialists, and four are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged three publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:14.
The college has a total enrollment of 5,066 students. The physical therapy program (across six years) has an enrollment of 228 students, with each class composed of a maximum of 38 students drawn from a pool of 400 applications.
Incoming freshmen rank in the top 15% of their high school graduating classes with B+ or better averages and have combined SAT scores of 1250. Graduate students admitted have a mean grade point average of 3.5. Students enter the program either as freshmen for 5.5 years or as graduate transfer students for the final 3.5 years of the professional component. A minimum cumulative average 3.0 is required in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses for the graduate program include 3 credits in each: exercise physiology, psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology, computer science, and statistics; 3 credits of advanced math (calculus preferred); 8 credits in each: chemistry and physics, biology, anatomy and physiology (w/labs); and 12 credits of aesthetic and spiritual studies (art, dance, drama, music, media, religion, philosophy, history, literature, foreign language). Volunteer hours in a physical therapy setting are also required. GRE required for all graduate applicants. Prerequisites for freshman admission include 4 years of high school math (through calculus), and science (through physics). The application deadline is December 1 for early, regular, and graduate admissions. Supporting credentials are due January 1 for early admissions, February 1 for regular admissions, and January 15 for graduate admissions. Candidates are notified of decisions the first week of March. 76% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
91% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition and fees for the 2004-05 academic year for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students are $20,360 and for graduates is $611 per credit. Room and board is $7,350 for a double room plus meal plan. Average book costs are $500 per semester. No special funds are available to physical therapy students. Approximately 70% of the students receive some financial aid. For funds available to students, contact the Financial Aid Office at 413/748-3108.
The college is located in the center of Springfield on the shore of Lake Massasoit. The main campus has 32 major buildings, including the Art Linkletter Natatorium, one of the finest indoor-swimming facilities in the nation. The Physical Education Complex combines instructional and recreational areas in 143,000 square feet. On-campus housing includes residence halls as well as a townhouse apartment complex. Off-campus students may choose from a variety of housing options. The college maintains an additional 81 acres of woods and fields known as East Campus. Springfield has a population of 155,000 and is located 90 miles from Boston and 150 miles from New York City. It is accessible by automobile via the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 91. Bradley International Airport is approximately 20 miles from the campus.