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Questions about Early Contingent Admission (ECA)

What is Early Contingent Admission?
This is a program available only to students enrolled in the undergraduate Kinesiology Major at URI. If you are a highly qualified incoming freshman who wants to go on to the URI Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate program, this option may be for you. You would have the opportunity to choose this option during freshman orientation. The big benefit: you could complete both a B.S. in Kinesiology and a DPT in six years rather than seven.

If you are able to meet the rigorous requirements of this option, you would be eligible to apply to URI’s DPT program in your third year at URI. If accepted, you would take the first-year DPT courses and these courses would count toward your bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology as elective courses. Once you have completed the required number of credits, you will receive the bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. You would then continue on in the DPT program and work to complete both degrees in six rather than the usual seven years.

Students who successfully meet the above requirements, have taken the GRE, 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 as each student will be considered along with the regular pool of applicants for acceptance into the program. For more information please see

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