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Physical Therapy (combined BS/DPT)

Combined BS in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

A physical therapy student practices applying elastic therapeutic tape. [Photo by Jake Koteen}

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Science is the undergraduate pathway for ultimate entry into the DPT program at the University of Hartford.

The health science program is a bachelor's degree curriculum that may be pursued on a full-time basis and may be accelerated to a 3-year completion after the freshman year. It is designed to prepare you for professional or graduate study in physical therapy. Individuals may enter the program as freshmen or as transfer students on a space-available basis.

Our goal is to graduate competent, ethical, and autonomous physical therapists who value practice, research, and lifelong learning. Our program provides a solid educational basis that allows our graduates to excel, whether they choose career pathways in clinical practice, education, or research. Our faculty is made up of expert clinicians with doctoral degrees who are committed to advancing the profession of physical therapy and mentoring those who will become the new professionals of tomorrow.


Catherine Certo, Professor/Program Director
Physical Therapy Program


Accredited by CAPTE Accreditation The University of Hartford, including the Health Sciences program within the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, is accredited by the Board of Higher Education of the State of Connecticut and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Hartford is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, tel: 703.706.3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Catherine Certo at 860.768.5367 or email


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