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UConn announces new integrated BS/MS physical therapy program (Released: 2/18/97)

by David Pesci, Office of University Communications.

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees today (Feb. 14) approved a new master of science degree in physical therapy in anticipation of new licensure requirements for physical therapists nationwide.

The new curricula will involve an integrated bachelor's and master's program. Students will be required to complete two years of undergraduate pre-allied health courses, one and a half years of upper-division undergraduate physical therapy courses, and one and a half years of graduate physical therapy courses.

Because both the upper division and graduate courses require summer study and practica, students will be able to complete the program within five years. The program will be able to accept about 40 students per year, equivalent to the University's current capacity for its highly competitive physical therapy program.

"This proposal is long overdue," said Joseph Smey, dean of the School of Allied Health.