Springfield College Doctor of Physical Therapy
Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy 263 Alden Street Springfield MA 01109 United States

Springfield College will NOT accept applications at this time for the 2022-23 cycle.  Please visit the page next spring in preparations for the application cycle opening summer 2023. 

Springfield College is primarily an early-assurance/dual-degree BS to DPT freshman-entry program. Currently, there are NO positions available for graduate students into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for the summer 2023 entering classes.  Therefore, graduate applicants should not apply to the program via PTCAS for the 2022-23 application cycle.

"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."

Program Description

Springfield College is a picturesque private New England coeducational college offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The college is notable for its commitment to a philosophy called Humanics, a philosophy that espouses education of the whole person, in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to humanity. Embracing Humanics means that Springfield College is committed to service and civic engagement. Evidence of this commitment include the receipt of the Community Engagement Classification for exemplary community involvement from the Carnegie Foundation. Annually, the college logs more than 150,000 hours of community service in neighboring communities and organizations.  Students in the DPT program participate in global service and civic engagement within the local community and internationally. 

The Department of Physical Therapy is housed in the college's School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies where it partners on service and interprofessional activities with the departments of physician assisting, occupational therapy and rehabilitation and disability studies. The Department of Physical Therapy is located in the Health Science Building which includes a physical therapy lab, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab and both large classroom and seminar-style teaching spaces. Students also have access to the medical simulation lab and exercise science lab spaces during their studies.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a 3.5 year (7 semester) course of graduate study. The program enrolls a new cohort each year in May with a summer semester start-up for students. Coursework in the first year of the program is focused on foundational sciences; the second year focus is patient management across the clinical content areas; during the third year students complete 30 weeks of full-time clinical experiences, returning to campus for specialty coursework and activities that prepare the student for entering the profession and developing a career plan. In the first two years of study, student exposure to clinic is embedded into weekly integrated clinical experiences which incorporate an experiential and service component. For example, the Department of Physical Therapy runs two community exercise groups. These groups are run both as a community service and as a part of the clinical program for DPT students. Each group is structured to have faculty directors who supervise and direct each group and have intimate familiarity with the status and needs of each community member, as well as with the knowledge, skills, and expectations for student performance.

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy is guided by the Humanics philosophy of the college. Members of the department are academics and clinicians who develop and promote excellence in education, service and scholarship in physical therapy. We believe that graduates of our program are prepared for a civic-minded life as health professionals in an environment that is rewarding, challenging and sometimes unpredictable. We are proud of our strengths which include a talented and stable core faculty, a devoted pool of adjunct and clinical faculty who are mentored by the core faculty, multi-talented and academically gifted students, and a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates innovative leadership, service, and academic opportunities.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is required, only after admission is offered to confirm your intention to enroll in the DPT program.  The deposit is applied directly to tuition and fees. 
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
Applicants are requested to submit their deposit within 2 weeks of acceptance to the program.
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Additional information about the class profile
Space availability is limited by the size of the currently enrolled undergraduate students within the college who matriculate into the program each year. 
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Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No