Undergraduate Physical Therapy Program
Our program enables you to earn a bachelor's degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree in only six years. Once enrolled in Springfield College as an undergraduate student, you will begin with three years of study in the health science/pre-physical therapy track bachelor's degree program. Your course work will include the general education requirements taken by all Springfield College students as well as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Writing across the curriculum and computer science courses will help you organize and communicate your ideas. Through the curriculum, you'll also be introduced to the arts, history, and psychology. To add to your educational experience, we require that all students complete a minor of your choice, and Springfield College offers over twenty to choose from.
Once all of the basics are behind you and your bachelor's degree is almost in hand, you'll be ready for the professional preparation of the doctor of physical therapy program. You'll take courses like human anatomy, neuroscience, kinesiology, human movement, research methodology, and statistics in addition to many courses addressing patient management. In your final year, you'll choose a concentration of courses from sports physical therapy, pediatric neurology, orthopedic physical therapy, adult neurology, differential diagnosis or clinical ergonomics. To ensure that your training is state-of-the-art, we keep an eye on our curriculum by frequently reviewing practice and accreditation requirements to ensure quality.
Entering into the professional course work from the pre-physical therapy program is seamless. As a pre-physical therapy student, you will advance into the professional D.P.T. component upon completion of the required credits, the program pre-requisites, and as long as you maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better. There is no formal reapplication process.
Five Great Reasons:
- CAPTE accredited since 1988
- Dual Degree Option: BS in Health Science/Pre-PT + DPT
- Length of Time for Dual Degree Option: 6 calendar years; 13 semesters
- Faculty: 9 Full-time; 12 Adjunct
- Students: 35-40 per cohort
- Clinical sites: >250 site contracts
- Hours of clinical education: 1320
- Graduation rate from DPT: 96% (3 year average)
- Overall Licensure examination pass rate from FSBPT: 96.6% (2008-2010)
- Licensure exam pass rate for most recent DPT class: 100% (2011)
- Employment rate: 100% employed (3 year average)