UConn Entry SignCampus sunset view of rooftopsUConn DPT Classroom space with desksUConn DPT Lab space with mobilization tablesUConn DPT Lab spaceUConn DPT Lab space with RedCord SystemStudent in the Anatomy LabDr. Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw works with an individual with a stroke

Why Choose Us

  • Housed in one of the nation’s top ranked Departments of Kinesiology.
  • Outstanding faculty.
  • Emphasis on real-world training.
  • We limit class size to cultivate supportive relationships between instructors and students.

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How to Apply

  • Review of applications for admission begins annually on November 15th.
  • Classes begin in May of the following year.
  • The deadline for submitting an application is January 15th.

 

Application Info

Our Research

See the latest research facilities and projects from our renowned faculty.

  • Motion Analysis Laboratory
  • Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation (SOAR) Laboratory

 

Research Facilities

Our Program

About Us

The UConn Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an exceptionally unique physical therapy program with a rich history. Established in 1956, it is one of the oldest continuously operating programs in the country. Located on the beautiful Storrs Campus, students in the UConn DPT program enjoy access to world class sporting events, theater, arts, entertainment and the campus boasts a state of the art student recreation facility opened in the fall of 2019. However, the program itself provides a boutique, individualized and customizable experience for each of its students which is made possible by its small class size of thirty students. 

A Commitment to Service, Advocacy, and Healthcare as a Human Right

The UConn DPT program fosters a commitment to service of others. Our Student-led Pro-Bono Clinic serves members of our extended community who have limited access to physical therapists. Students in the DPT program have developed this clinic through their management coursework and lead in the daily operations of the clinic with clinical oversight by faculty. The Migrant Farmworkers Clinic is an interprofessional mobile primary care clinic that serves migrant farmworkers throughout the state of Connecticut. Organized through the Connecticut Area Health Education Center, teams of medical, dental, nursing and physical therapy students and their faculty preceptors provide primary healthcare. Physical therapy students provide onsite evaluation and management of musculoskeletal problems for these workers. 

Clinical Research

Students in the UConn DPT program each develop, implement and carry out at least one major research project as a part of their doctoral training. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty include those within and outside of the immediate physical therapy faculty. Student research projects are regularly published in major journals and presented at national, regional and state conferences. 

A Customizable Experience

The UConn DPT program curriculum is designed to prepare students to be able to practice in any setting upon graduation, from hospitals to outpatient orthopedic practices, school systems to neurological rehabilitation settings. However, many students are driven to a particular area of practice. UConn successfully prepares students to begin a career towards a specialization as well. UConn has an unusually high rate of students accepted to residency programs upon graduation and facilitates individualized clinical training for students interested in specific fields such as pelvic health, intensive care, wellness and performance and pediatrics.  

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Student Performance

Student success is our top priority. Success is measured in retention, success on the licensure examination and employment after graduation. The table below provides these data for the five most recent graduation classes. The first-time licensure examination pass rates are found in parentheses. If you have any questions about this information please feel free to contact:

Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw, PT, Ph.D.

DPT Program Director & Associate Professor

Jeffrey.Kinsella-Shaw@uconn.edu

Program Year Graduation Rate

Licensure Pass Rate (first time pass rate)

Employment Rate
2-year average 98% 100% 100%
DPT 2021 94% Not yet available Not yet available
DPT 2020 97% 100% (86.5%) 100%
DPT 2019 100% 100% (81.5%) 100%
DPT 2018 100% 100% (96%) 100%
DPT 2017 100% 100% (96%) 100%

student practices an ultrasound on a classmate while faculty provide guidance

Accreditation

 


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Connecticut is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is located at 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085.  Contact information: telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:http://www.capteonline.org. Please see the program overview to get information about the program and the admissions deadlines.

Graduates may practice in a wide range of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, public and private schools, private offices, homes, sports medicine centers, and industry. With advanced degrees, physical therapists practice as researchers and educators in college and university settings.

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