2019-20 Applicants

Sacred Heart University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Tara Chudy
Executive Director of Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Admissions
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT, 06825
(203) 365-4735
chudyt@sacredheart.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
67
Anticipated size of next entering class
68
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
69%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
31%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
40%
% Female
60%

Program Description more...

The Physical Therapy Program is a professional educational program leading to a clinical doctorate (Doctor of Physical Therapy or DPT) as the entry-level degree for professional practice. The program is three years in length, including summers. The program consists of 5 academic semesters and 38 weeks of full-time clinical education. The degree is awarded in May of the third academic year.

PROGRAM MISSION
The Program in Physical Therapy prepares graduates for professional practice in physical therapy as general practitioners who demonstrate self-directed, ongoing learning, an understanding of self in the context of professional role, competency in clinical practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills, knowledge of self in service to others, and a commitment to effect positive change within the greater community.

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY:
The program and its faculty believe that the Program Mission can best be accomplished through a professional curriculum based upon a strong liberal arts foundation. Further, we believe that the curriculum of the professional program should place at its center the process of clinical problem-solving as a construct for: (1) the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills; and (2) for the process of clinical decision-making in professional practice. The application of the clinical problem solving process is dependent not only upon knowledge of one's patient, but also on the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the profession's body of knowledge through effective use of the professional literature and current information technologies. We believe that the problem-based model of learning provides the optimal tools for developing graduates who value self-directed learning, who are prepared for the clinical decision-making demanded in professional practice, and who anticipate and respond to changes in the health care delivery system.

We believe that role models who are professionally competent and personally committed to serving the greater community are best able to model the behaviors of a socially responsible professional. We believe that in order to be effective, graduates must be sensitive to the diversity of individuals with whom they interact, and to regional differences in the practice of physical therapy.

UNIQUE PROGRAM ATTRIBUTES

PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (PBL) DESIGN:
PBL places emphasis on the development of a reflective practitioner by teaching students to learn from and solve clinical problems. Curriculum con­tent is organized around carefully designed patient or professional practice problems that students study, discuss, and research in small groups called tutorials. Students develop the ability to identify, organize and synthesize materials relevant to each case in a self-directed manner that indicates respon­sibility for one's own learning as well as the learning of the group. The tutorial group work develops reasonable inter­de­pendence among students and supports the use of peers in learning and problem solving. Prospective students should consider themselves comfortable with this highly interactive, small group-focused learning style. Clinical super­visors and employers of our graduates have acknow­ledged a clinical readiness in terms of independence in clinical decision-making, efficiency in practice, and self-directedness in professional development that is important for today's practitioner.

INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
Structured clinical activities integrated into classes during each of the first four academic semesters help students understand the practical application of semester content, as well as facilitate the process of professional development.

SERVICE LEARNING & COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
Students have opportunities across the curriculum to engage in service learning experiences and community outreach both domestic and international. Faculty and students have opportunities to collaborate on week long international service learning experiences in Guatemala, sustained service activities across a period of time, and individual day service projects.

SPECIAL PROJECTS:
Students complete two special projects during the program. The capstone experience occurs during the fourth and
fifth semesters and is the culmination of the evidence in practice and patient-based portion of the curriculum. The community practice project occurs during the fifth semester. Each special project develops the students’ ability to access, interpret, synthesize and apply relevant research literature to patient or practice situations.

PHYSICAL THERAPY ACCREDITATION:
Sacred Heart University's physical therapy program is fully accredited at both the state (Connecticut Department of Higher Education) and national (Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education) levels. As a result, students are prepared to sit for physical therapist licensing examinations throughout the United States.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

September 15, 2019 is a Priority Deadline.

October 15, 2019 is the last date for completed applications to be verified by PTCAS and received by the Office of Graduate Admissions at Sacred Heart University. Please note that the processing time between the moment you submit your application to the time that your application is released to Sacred Heart University could be 4 weeks.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/01/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7001
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
A GRE score report is required for admission however, there is no set minimum score required.

Observation Hours

 
The number of hours are less important than the diversity of the clinical experiences. Documentation of a minimum of 2 different observation experiences (either volunteer or paid) in different physical therapy practice settings (e.g., hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation agency, outpatient department, private practice, etc.). Form is to be completed by the applicant and verified by the Physical Therapist supervising the experience.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Program requires one academic reference and one reference from a supervisor and/or physical therapist. The supervisor may be, but is not required to be, a licensed physical therapist.

Please speak to each of the headings below, if possible. It is not necessary to discuss each of the sub-topics. These are provided for your consideration and reflection only. Please send the letter to PTCAS, as described in the instructions.

FROM AN EMPLOYMENT AND/OR VOLUNTEER SUPERVISOR SOURCE: It is appropriate for this letter of reference to come from an individual who has had substantive experience supervising the applicant in an employment or volunteer setting, preferably in a health care setting. It is not necessary for the work or volunteer experience to be a physical therapy setting exclusively. The purpose of the letter of reference from this source is to provide information about the applicant in the following categories:

(1) Knowledge of the applicant: in what capacity you have known the applicant, for what period of time, how well you have known the applicant.

(2) Attitude and Character: confidence in the work place, ability to work with others, acceptance of criticism, motivation and enthusiasm, reliability, honesty, willingness, cooperation.

(3) Work habits/work load tolerance: ability to work independently, ability to work effectively in groups, self-discipline, initiative, resourcefulness, ability to manage stress, self-control, time management, poise and confidence.

(4) Communication skills: verbal, non-verbal, written with superiors, peers, subordinates, customers.

(5) Judgment and Decision-making skills: ability to express opinion, creative thinking, active learning, practicality in every day decisions, leadership abilities.

FROM AN ACADEMIC SOURCE: It is appropriate for this letter of reference to come from an individual who has had substantive experience working with the applicant in a classroom or academic advising situation, preferably associated with the applicant's undergraduate degree. The purpose of the letter of reference from this source is to provide information about the applicant in the following categories:

(1) Knowledge of the applicant: in what capacity you have known the applicant, for what period of time, how well you have known the applicant.

(2) Attitude and Character: confidence in the classroom, ability to work with others, acceptance of criticism, motivation and enthusiasm, reliability, honesty, willingness, cooperation.

(3) Learning characteristics: self-directed, group learning skills, intellectual curiosity, preferred learning style, listening skills.

(4) Work load tolerance: ability to manage stress, self-control, time management, poise and confidence.

(5) Communication skills: verbal, non-verbal, written with faculty, students and others.

(6) Independent thinking: creative thinking, active learning, curiosity, problem-solving skills.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International transcripts should be evaluated by an agency such as WES - www.wes.org.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
The required minimum GPA for prerequisite courses is 3.2 or higher, with no individual prerequisite grade lower than a C.
Grades from one repeated course will be permitted for use in prerequisite GPA.

All science prerequisite courses must be taken at a
regionally accredited 4-year institution.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I
A two-semester college sequence of human anatomy and physiology with labs. One semester of human anatomy and one semester of human physiology will also fulfill the requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
See course description for A&P I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology 1 should be a first foundational course in biology and provides an introduction to the molecular concepts that form the basis of cellular life. Concepts in Biology I should include the basic principles of evolution, biochemistry, cell structure and function, signal transduction, cell division, transmission genetics, the central dogma of molecular biology, and control of gene expression.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
The course should focus on the cellular and organismal levels in the hierarchy of biological organization. Concepts in Biology II covers adaptations of plant and animal life in an evolutionary context and includes discussion of development, body and tissue organization, homeostasis, energy yielding metabolism, nutrition, digestion, circulation, nutrient transport, and gas exchange.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
A two-semester college sequence of general chemistry with labs. A semester of inorganic and a semester of organic chemistry, each with labs, will also fulfill the requirement. Chemistry I should explore modern theories of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding and periodic relations, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry II should explore chemical thermodynamics; chemical kinetics; chemical, ionic, and acid-base equilibria; electrochemistry; chemistry of the representative elements and transition elements; and nuclear reactions.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Math
A one-­semester course of pre­calculus or calculus. (BOTH Algebra and Trigonometry) can also be acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Physics I
A two-­semester college sequence of non-calculus based physics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See course description for Physics I.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
General or introductory psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Second psychology course of the student's choice.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
A one-­semester course in probability and elementary statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics