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Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Hartford



University of Hartford (D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 05/19/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
Phone:   (860)768-5419
Fax:   (860)768-4558
Financial Aid Phone:   (860)768-4300
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Catherine M E Certo, PT, ScD, FAPTA
Professor and Department Chair
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, October 1997 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2000 Doctoral degree, July 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The professional program is a 3 year program that combines academic and clinical experiences. The program begins in June and concludes with the last of three clinical experiences. The full course of study is 102 credits. The program is available to full-time students only.
Clinical experiences are arranged by the Physical Therapy Program and may be completed in any area of the United States. Students will complete 32 weeks of clinical experiences in the professional phase of the program as follows: 10 weeks during the summer following conclusion of the third academic semester, 8 weeks during the fall following completion of the seventh academic semester and 14 weeks during the spring following the eighth and final academic semester. Students graduate after successfully completing their final clinical experiences.
There are nine full-time faculty and one part-time faculty. All faculty are doctorally prepared and two faculty are ABPTS clinical specialists. Most faculty maintain clinical practice and all faculty have active research programs. Faculty research themes include human performance, disability and musculoskeletal assessment and intervention, and motor control.
The university has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students. The physical therapy program is designed to have 35 students per class.
Students are accepted into the BS/DPT program as freshman and to the DPT as post-baccalaureate entrants. A 3.0 GPA is required of BS/DPT students for continued matriculation into the professional portion of the program. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. Prerequisites for matriculation into the professional program include Biology: 4 credits (1 course with lab); Human Anatomy: 4 credits (one course with lab); Human Physiology: 4 credits (1 course with lab, when anatomy and physiology are a combined course, two semesters are necessary to meet the requirements); Chemistry: 12 credits (general chemistry including two course sequence with labs and either organic or biochemistry with lab); Physics: 8 credits (two course sequence with labs); Statistics: 3 credits (one course to include descriptive statistics, correlation, and introduction to inferential statistics); Calculus: 3 credits; Psychology: 9 credits, (including Introduction, Developmental and Abnormal); Exercise Physiology: 3-4 credits; Humanities: 9-12 credits; and Social Sciences 9-12 credits. The application deadline is February 1. Application material can be obtained by calling 860/768-4296 or 800/947-4303 for the BS/DPT. Application for the post-baccalaureate entrance can be obtained by calling Graduate and Adult Academic Services, University of Hartford 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117-1599; phone, 860/768-4337
The graduation rate, licensure pass rate and employment rate for the University of Hartford for the last three years includes: a graduation rate of 95.7%; a licensure pass rate of 93.06% (2002-2004); and an employment rate of 98%.
Full-time undergraduate tuition (12-18 credits) for the 2006-07 academic year is $24,576; graduate PT tuition is $7,700 per semester, $3,475 for the first summer semester and $1,200 for each of the three clinical affiliations. Undergraduate Financial Aid: financial assistance is available to full-time students seeking their first degree and is awarded on the basis of need and scholarship. Information regarding financial resources can be obtained from the University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at 860/768-4296 or 800/947-4303. Graduate Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to domestic students in the form of loans. To receive federal financial assistance, including Stafford Loans, students are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information can be obtained through the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 860/768-4296. Limited teaching/research assistantships are also available.
The University of Hartford is located within minutes of downtown Hartford, a diverse city offering museums, theaters, traveling Broadway shows, opera performances, and musical concerts. The Hartford Civic Center, a large complex in the center of the city, hosts many sports activities, including professional hockey and basketball, as well as many concerts by top musical performers. The city also boasts many fine restaurants, shops, and nightspots. New York City and Boston are easily accessible by car, train, and bus. Parks, hiking trails and river activities are within minutes of the university. Ocean beaches are approximately one hour south, and some of the area’s finest ski resorts are located north of the university.