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 four 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 tracks. 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.

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 (4+3) 

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 Sciences) 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
AT 115 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
UC Humanity Elective 3
UC Fine Art Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
HSC 210 Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care (UC Social Science) 3
PS 272 Abnormal Psychology (UC Social Science) 3
UC Humanity Elective 3
UC Open Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall Semester
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
AT 250 Introduction to Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries 3
BMS 301 Physiology of Human Performance II 3
HSC 354 Health Science Education 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
AT 440 Biomechanics 3
BMS 200 Biomedical Basis and Experience of Human Aging (UC Humanity) 3
Track/Minor Elective 1 3
 Credits13
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Clinical/Research/Service 1
Track/Minor Elective 1 3
UC Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits13
Spring Semester
SHS 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Track/Minor Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits12
 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.