Program Contact: Michelle Broggi 203-582-8057 or Ken Kosior 203-582-3931 

This program is for direct entry only. Students accepted into the HSS-DPT program as first-year students may complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies in three years. All students must complete 120 university credits to include the required University Curriculum (UC) courses, DPT required courses, and required courses in either the Human Movement or Sports Medicine track. Students must achieve a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 average for 48 credits of selected math and science courses for admission to the graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. In this fast-paced curriculum, students are expected to enroll in course work during summer terms (two courses per summer) and a J-term (one course in one J-term). Online courses are available for summer and J-term coursework.

The Department of Physical Therapy Graduate Admissions Committee is responsible for evaluating and ensuring that all early-assurance candidates meet the requirements of the preprofessional component of the program.

Curriculum for Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/DPT (3+3) for Direct Entry

The BS in Health Science Studies requires the completion of 120 credits.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 141
Calculus of a Single Variable
or Calculus I
3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 102
102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology (UC Social Science) 3
 Credits17
Summer Semester
UC Humanities Elective 3
UC Fine Arts Elective 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care (UC Social Science) 3
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
 Credits17
J-term
Open Elective 3
 Credits3
Spring Semester
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
BMS 200 Biomedical Basis and Experience of Human Aging (UC Humanities) 3
UC Humanities Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits17
Summer Semester
PS 272 Abnormal Psychology (UC Social Science) 3
UC Open Elective 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
AT 250 Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries 3
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
HSC 354 Health Science Education 3
Open Elective 3
Track/Minor Elective 1 3
Clinical/Research/Service 1
 Credits16
Spring Semester
SHS 420 Integrative Capstone 3
BMS 301 Physiology of Human Performance II 3
UC Open Elective 3
Track/Minor Elective 1 3
Track/Minor Elective 3
 Credits15
Summer Semester
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits120
1 Sports Medicine Track includes two additional required emergency management electives.
 
The sequencing of coursework for the preprofessional track has some flexibility; however, some course sequences must be maintained. All requirements in the curriculum must be completed prior to entry into the graduate DPT program.
 

For information about the graduate portion of the program, please see Post-Bachelor's Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Science Studies bachelor’s degree program is to facilitate and enrich students’ development into knowledgeable, proficient and culturally competent interprofessional collaborators, who are leaders and lifelong learners, equally prepared for advanced healthcare education or direct entry into a health science career.