BS in Athletic Training/DPT

The BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy program is offered through the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. This accelerated dual degree program requires six years of study to acquire a BS degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program is offered to entering freshmen and to qualified extra- and intra-university transfer students on a space-available basis. Transfer students must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Transferring later than the end of the freshman year may prolong the time needed to meet the requirements of this program. At the end of the summer following the fourth year of study, students will be awarded the BS in Athletic Training degree. At the end of the sixth year of study (following successful completion of the final clinical experience in physical therapy), the DPT degree will be granted.

Prerequisite courses (including BI 105, BI 106, CH 171, CH 172, PY 105, PY 106, Statistics [MA 113, MA 115, MA 213, or PS 211], SAR HP 252, and SAR HP 412) must be completed with a grade of C– or better. Up to 8 credits of pre-approved prerequisite courses can be taken at institutions other than Boston University. Professional courses, including all those with an AT prefix plus SAR BI 211, SAR HP 504, SAR HP 505, SAR HP 531, SAR HP 532, SAR HP 560, SAR HP 561, SAR HS 201, SAR HS 342, and SAR HS 369, must be completed with a grade of C or better. All professional courses in the DPT program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students who are admitted into the program and maintain the academic requirements will automatically matriculate into the DPT program during the summer before their senior year. The Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year and by the end of the spring semester of the junior year. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements at the stipulated times may not continue matriculation in the professional physical therapy curriculum.

For further details, including additional costs associated with the program, please refer to the Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Policy & Procedure Manual, which is available on our department website. The most current curriculum and the program’s technical guidelines can be found on our website.

AT/DPT Curriculum

Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

First Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 105 Introduction to Biology for Health Sciences
  • CAS CH 171 Life Sciences Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health Professions (2 cr)
  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Year Experience (0 cr)
  • Humanities elective

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 106 Human Anatomy
  • CAS CH 172 Life Science Chemistry II
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • SAR HS 201 Introduction to Nutrition
  • SAR AT 205 AT Practicum I (1 cr)
  • PDP (1 cr)

Second Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 211 Human Physiology
  • CAS MA 113, MA 115, MA 213, or PS 211 Statistics
  • SAR AT 355 Foundations of Athletic Training
  • SAR HP 412 Abnormal Behavior in Health & Rehabilitation
  • SAR AT 304 AT Practicum II (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Life Span
  • SAR HS 369 Gross Human Anatomy
  • SAR AT 356 Examination and Diagnosis of Orthopedic Conditions
  • SAR AT 305 AT Practicum III (2 cr)
  • Humanities elective

Summer

  • CAS PY 105/106 Elementary Physics I and II

Third Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • SAR HP 531 Clinical Medicine I: Physical Agents
  • SAR AT 404 Clinical AT I
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 561 Evidence-based Practice I (1 cr)
  • SAR AT 430 Orthopedic Rehabilitation (5 cr)
  • SAR HP 532 Clinical Medicine II
  • SAR AT 405 Clinical AT II
  • SAR HP 560 General Medicine Practicum (1 cr)

Summer

  • SAR PT 520 Functional Anatomy
  • SAR PT 515 Physical Therapy Examination

Fourth Year

First Semester

  • SAR PT 511 CV and Pulmonary Systems I (6 cr)
  • SAR PT 521 Musculoskeletal Systems I (6 cr)
  • SAR HP 504 Clinical AT III (2 cr)
  • SAR AT 506 EBP: Clinical Applications (2 cr)
  • SAR AT 432 Organization and Administration in AT (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR PT 522 Musculoskeletal Systems II (6 cr)
  • SAR PT 551 Neuroscience for Physical Therapy Students
  • SAR PT 512 CV and Pulmonary Systems II (2 cr)
  • SAR PT 565 Integrated Clinical Experience II (1 cr)
  • SAR HP 505 Clinical AT IV (2 cr)

Summer

  • SAR HP 791 Clinical Experience I (final AT/initial PT experience) (0 cr)

Fifth Year

First Semester

  • SAR HP 662 Evidence-based Practice II (2 cr)
  • SAR PT 652 Neurological Systems I (6 cr)
  • SAR PT 634 Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals
  • SAR PT 691 Clinical Education Seminar I (1 cr)
  • SAR PT 550 Scientific Basis of Human Movement (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR PT 623 Musculoskeletal Systems III (6 cr)
  • SAR PT 653 Neurological Systems II (6 cr)
  • SAR HP 725 Foundations of Education and Health Promotion
  • SAR PT 692 Clinical Education Seminar II (1 cr)
  • SAR PT 681 Academic Practicum I (1 cr)

Summer

  • SAR PT 792 Clinical Experience II (0 cr)

Sixth Year

First Semester

  • SAR PT 756 Pediatrics (2 cr)
  • SAR HP 770 Health Care Management
  • SAR PT 773 Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning
  • SAR PT 781 Academic Practicum II (3 cr)
  • SAR PT 794 Clinical Education Seminar III (1 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR PT 793 Clinical Internship (0 cr)