(bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy, followed by a master of science degree
in physical therapy) Requirements are subject to change.
The program in physical therapy is an entry-level master’s degree program accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American
Physical Therapy Association. Coursework in physical therapy enables students
to develop advanced problem-solving skills in examination, program planning, and
treatment of those who need physical therapy services. Graduates possess a broad
knowledge in the science and practice of physical therapy, as well as a basic
understanding of administration and research. In addition, students have the opportunity
for advanced study in selected areas of physical therapy. The program integrates
the humanics philosophy in total patient care, including the intellectual, physical,
and spiritual aspects of treating the whole person within a social, political,
and economic context.
The program in physical therapy requires five and one-half years for completion.
Students enter as first-year students and immediately begin a two-year, preprofessional
component. This is followed by three and one-half years of professional preparation.
After four years, the student earns a bachelor of science degree in pre-physical
therapy and continues with the professional component. Upon successful completion
of all program requirements, the graduate is awarded a master of science degree
in physical therapy and is eligible to apply for state licensure.
The preprofessional courses include preparation in the basic sciences, social
sciences, and liberal arts. The professional component includes courses in anatomy,
exercise physiology, kinesiology, clinical sciences, organization and delivery
of healthcare, research methodology, and statistics, as well as full-time clinical
experiences in approved clinical education facilities. The preprofessional and
professional components are subject to modification to ensure a comprehensive,
integrated sequence of experiences leading to a physical therapy education of
the highest possible quality.
Admission to the Program
Candidates applying for admission to the physical therapy program are required
to have a rigorous background in the sciences and mathematics along with exposure
to physical therapy practice in a healthcare setting. December 1 is the admissions
deadline for all admissions materials for physical therapy applicants. Further
details about the application procedure are available from the Admissions Office.
Students already enrolled at Springfield College may transfer into physical therapy
as undergraduates following an application and review by the department. Applicants
from other colleges and universities are considered for admission into the professional
component of the program on a space-available basis only; such applicants must
have completed a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all program prerequisites.
For more information about the physical therapy major, contact Dr. David Miller,
chair of the Physical Therapy Department at (413) 748-3369 or the Admissions Office
at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Preprofessional Component Requirements
III. Professional Component Requirements
In addition, students must select one of the following courses:
IV. Program Standards
Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the Department
of Physical Therapy as presented in the Physical Therapy Student Handbook. Students
are admitted to the physical therapy program as first-year students and are required
to maintain a 3.000 cumulative grade point average to be eligible to continue
into the final three and one-half years of the professional program. A grade of
C- or better is required in all courses. The academic records of the students
are reviewed by the Physical Therapy Review and Evaluation Committee at the end
of the second year to determine if the students have satisfied the requirements
to continue. This is not meant to be a secondary application process, but rather
a reasonably accurate indication of success in completing a rigorous professional
Clinical Education Courses
Students are required to successfully complete all clinical education courses.
Clinical education sites have been established throughout the Northeast; Pennsylvania;
Virginia; Washington, D.C.; North Carolina; and Florida. Selected sites are established
in other areas of the United States. Physical therapy students are responsible
for additional costs incurred during the clinical affiliations. These costs include
travel, living expenses, uniforms, and professional liability insurance.
Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards
Each student admitted to the program is required to complete the essential functions
of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. Program essential functions
include participation in classroom, laboratory, and clinical functions, as well
as performance of professional functions such as examination, treatment, and education
of individuals in a timely and safe manner. Minimum academic standards and technical
standards necessary for completion of the program essential functions must be
met for continuation in and graduation from the program. Technical standards define
the individual physical, sensory,cognitive, behavioral, and social attributes
or outcomes necessary to complete the program essential functions. More information
on the program technical standards is available from the Office of Admissions
and can be found in the Physical Therapy Student Handbook.
V. Sample Program By Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students should seek to
complete 18 s.h. each semester for the first three years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Computer Science, Health, Physical
Education, Literature, Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, History,
Social Science, Philosophy, and Religion.
Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General Education category.
Courses marked with a w may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year taken.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Fourth Year - Winter Session
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
E. Fifth Year - Summer Session
Fifth Year - Fall Semester
Fifth Year - Spring Semester
and select one of the following courses: