A cooperative program between Mount St. Mary’s and the Sacred Heart University School of Physical Therapy is available to students who seek to pursue a career in physical therapy and who also want a solid liberal arts education.
This dual-degree program will allow a student to earn degrees from both participating institutions over a six-year period. The program provides that an undergraduate student will attend Mount St. Mary’s for three academic years and the Sacred Heart University School of Physical Therapy for three academic years. Upon meeting all requirements, usually at the end of the first year at Sacred Heart University, a B.S. in biology will be awarded by Mount St. Mary’s University. At the end of the six years, a DPT in physical therapy is awarded from Sacred Heart University.
Physical Therapy Dual-degree Requirements at the Mount
The dual-degree requirements at Mount St. Mary’s are
Completion of the Veritas Program
Completion of Prerequisite Courses:
BIOL 110, 111, 298, 299, 410, and an additional four-credit laboratory BIOL electives (often BIOL 300)
CHEM 101 and 102
MATH 105, 114 or 247
PHYS 101 and 102 or 201 and 202
PSYCH 100 and a PSYCH elective
A student who satisfies these requirements at Mount St. Mary’s with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and a grade point average of at least 3.2 in the graduate program prerequisites, and who has the recommendation of the health professions advisor at Mount St. Mary’s and successfully completes an on-site interview, will have preferential admission status to the Sacred Heart University School of Physical Therapy.
See the suggested four-year course sequence for the physical therapy major.