Connecticut residents have three on campus DPT programs they can apply to – Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford, and Sacred Heart University. Additionally, those who want to stay in state while they study can also apply to online hybrid physical therapy programs. There are a lot of factors you will want to weigh when determining what programs you should apply to. This guide will help you make decisions about which programs are best for you.

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On-Campus Programs vs Online DPT Programs in Connecticut

Online and on-campus DPT programs each have their pros and cons – examining your own needs and learning styles will help you figure out what works best for you. If you are short on free time, an online program without a strict class time requirement will allow you to complete your degree when you can squeeze it in. If you have more availability and learn better in a classroom, an on campus program may be best.

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Online DPT Programs

There is not yet an accredited DPT program out there that is considered truly full time – currently options are hybrids that combine online class time with in person hands on learning. This is due to the fact that there are just some things in PT that need to be learned in person. As with any degree that has a clinical component, clinical requirements will always need to be completed in person, but often you will be able to complete these at a placement site in your own community (always check to see how much assistance an online program can offer you when securing a placement site). Through a hybrid program, students can cut commute time and earn themselves a little more flexibility and convenience when completing their degree

There are two types of online learning formats:

  • Synchronous – students log in at specific times to complete deliverables together (in sync). Could be a video streamed lecture, a live chat, or other collaborative requirement.
  • Asynchronous – students complete requirements at times convenient for them, not necessarily when others are completing the same requirements

You should always contact programs directly to best learn how they are delivered.

On Campus DPT Programs

On campus learning is conducted in a physical classroom on campus, so naturally students must regularly report to campus to earn their degree. Clinical requirements will typically be completed off campus at a placement site in the community surrounding the school.

How Long do Connecticut DPT Programs Take to Complete?

Often, DPT programs will take two and a half to three years to complete, though this can vary. Hybrid offerings can take shorter or longer than this, depending on if they are accelerated or are offering more flexibility by spacing out requirements.

You can see the specific program lengths for Connecticut on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.

Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Connecticut Students

The following hybrid doctor of physical therapy programs are available to students in Connecticut.

School NameTypeLive ClassesOn-Campus RequirementsTime to Complete
Arcadia University (Sponsored)HybridYesUnspecified2 years
Baylor University HybridSomeTwice per semester2 years
Nova Southeastern University HybridSomeEvery 4th week4 years
South College HybridNoQuarterly2 years
Tufts UniversityHybridYesTen visits2 years
University of Southern California (Sponsored)HybridYesUp to twice per semester3 years
University of St. Augustine HybridSomeTwice per month4 years

On Campus DPT Programs in Connecticut

The following DPT programs have Connecticut campuses.

ProgramCityTime to CompleteGPA Requirement
Quinnipiac University (Dual Degree Only)HamdenVariesVaries
Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield3 years3.2
University of HartfordHartford3 years3.2

General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Connecticut

To become a physical therapist in Connecticut, here are some common steps:

  1. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree – Consider looking for physical therapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which may help you ensure you meet certification requirements in the future.
  2. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – To do this, you will need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of Connecticut.
  3. Get Licensed – Make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health so that the state can issue your certification once you pass and check with the board to make sure you meet any additional requirements for licensure. This is a high-level overview, make sure to check out Connecticut’s state board for exact requirements.