This option is available to highly qualified incoming freshmen who wish to major in Kinesiology as a means of going on to a Doctorate of Physical Therapy graduate program (DPT). During Freshman Orientation interested students choose whether or not they wish to be a part of the Early Contingent Physical Therapy Option (ECPT). The benefit of this option is that exceptional students have an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. If students are able to meet the rigorous requirements of the ECPT option, they would take the first year courses for the DPT in their 4th year of school at URI. These courses would count as elective courses in the bachelor’s degree. Once students have completed the required number of credits, they will receive their bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Students would then continue on in the DPT program and work to complete both degrees in six rather than the usual seven years.
This option will be limited to outstanding students only. Students must meet or surpass yearly requirements to remain in the program:
Students who successfully meet the above requirements, have taken the GREs, and have completed a minimum of 30 hours observation in a PT setting may apply for early contingency admission to the PT program. It is important to note that acceptance into the DPT program is not guaranteed, but each student will be considered along with the regular pool of applicants for acceptance into the program.
Students who do not meet the annual requirements or who do meet requirements but are not accepted into the DPT program can complete the undergraduate track in Exercise Science and apply for the DPT program during their senior year. A four year degree in Exercise Science provides students with the necessary prerequisites to apply for admission to any DPT program following attainment of an undergraduate degree. Changing from the Early Contingent DPT Admissions track to the Exercise Science track at any point during the undergraduate program will not delay the student’s ability to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
Core Curriculum Courses (25 credits)
Required of all Kinesiology majors. Courses include Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Foundations of Health and Physiology of Exercise
Specialization Requirements (32 credits)
Courses include Fitness Appraisal and Guidance, Fitness Programs for Individuals with Chronic Disease, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Statistics.
General Education Requirements (39 credits)
Courses taken to meet university requirements in the areas of English Communications, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Fine Arts/Literature, Foreign Language/Cultural Competence, Letters, and Mathematics.
Specialization Requirements of Year One of Physical Therapy Program (41 credits)**
Courses include Human Anatomy & Histology, Pysiology & Pathophysiology, Human Neuronscience, Biomechanics & Pathokinesiology, and Research Methods.
** 32 credits count toward undergraduate degree and 9 credits toward graduate degree
* Please click on Course Descriptions for detailed information
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Internship in Australia Information Session
Date: Tuesday, October 15; Session 1: 1:00-1:45; Session 2: 2:00-2:45; Where: Independence Square 203
Kinesiology Walking Program
The Kinesiology Department is seeking students to serve as walking coaches for the new “Rhode To Health” program on Wednesdays from 12-1. Highly interested students can also serve on the planning committee. The program will begin Wednesday, October 2 with a big kick-off ceremony up on campus. This is a great way for students to gain experience working in a “real world” setting.
Scholarships For Study Abroad
The URI Office of International Education will be offering information sessions for those interested in applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Thursday, September 19th 7PM-8PM Memorial Union, Room 318, Tuesday, September 24th 1 PM-2PM. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship(DEADLINE 10/1/2013), CLICK HERE
For additional information on education abroad scholarship opportunities CLICK HERE
The Study Abroad Fair
It will be held Wednesday, September 18th from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Information on study abroad and the Kinesiology Australia Internship Program will be available.
URI Physical Therapy Open House
The annual URI PT open house will be held on September 26, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 in Independence Square.
Kinesiology in the News
Kinesiology is a broad field encompassing all facets of human movement. CLICK HERE to learn more
HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.