The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), prepares highly qualified therapists for exemplary professional practice in physical therapy. Students of the program become physical therapists who are able to recognize and meet existing and emerging health care needs. The program seeks to impart values and skills for lifelong learning, ethical behavior in practice, and a commitment to the enrichment and promotion of the physical therapy profession.
The professional coursework in physical therapy enables students to develop advanced problem-solving skills and apply them to examination, evaluation, program planning, treatment, and management of those in need of physical therapy services. Graduates possess a broad knowledge in the science and practice of physical therapy, as well as a clinically based understanding of administration, health policy, and evidence-based practice. The program integrates the humanics philosophy as it addresses the intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of treating the whole person within a social, political, and economic environment.
The professional program includes courses in anatomy, clinical sciences, organization and delivery of health care, evidence-based practice as well as part and full-time clinical experiences in approved clinical education facilities. The program is subject to modification to ensure a comprehensive, integrated sequence of experiences leading to a physical therapy education of the highest possible quality. Graduates receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy exam and apply for state licensure.
Admission to the Program
The program accepts a limited number of graduate students every year to join an existing Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy cohort in the first year of graduate study. The number of seats available for graduate applicants varies from year to year. The program starts each year in May.
Candidates applying for graduate admission must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester preceding the applicant’s intended date of entry. A transcript documenting completion of courses is required prior to matriculation in the summer. Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores taken within five years of the date of the application is required. The following prerequisite courses are required for all applicants:
Eight credits with laboratory:
Biology I and II
Chemistry I and II
Physics I and II
Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Three credits each:
Exercise Physiology (with lab)
Pre-Calculus or Calculus
Psychology or Social Sciences (6 - 9 credits)
Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in both the science and the general education prerequisite courses and also a 3.0 overall cumulative average. There is a seven-year limit on basic science, mathematics, and computer science prerequisites. An extension of this limit requires that the applicant provide current and related experience within the specific area.
Springfield College is a participant in the PTCAS/Physical Therapy Certified Application Service (www.PTCAS.org). Detailed information on application requirements are available on the PTCAS website.
Julia Chevan, PT, PhD, MPH
Telephone: (413) 748- 3590