A Broader Experience.
While you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice in traditional clinical settings, you will also have a chance to explore more non-traditional settings. We offer a unique course called Broadening Experiences, where you’ll design and plan a two-week service experience, then go wherever that plan takes you during your second year. Whether it’s swimming with dolphins in Florida, working with children with disabilities in Guatemala, or studying health care practices in India, these two weeks just might change your life.
Great Education, Great Value.
At URI you’ll progressively develop your knowledge and skill through a solid, effective curriculum rooted in integration of the three components of evidence-based medicine: research, clinical expertise, and patient values. You’ll actively participate in early clinical experiences designed to put into practice the material learned in the classroom, as well as contribute to research projects. And our tuition and fee totals are highly competitive, whether you’re a Rhode Islander or from another state.
Removing Professional Boundaries.
Of course you’ll become very familiar with your 30-person cohort during your three years here, but you will also get to know students and faculty from other disciplines, and schools, through our Interprofessional Education program. In a series of Interprofessional Education workshops, you’ll work in teams with URI students and faculty from pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, kinesiology, and communicative disorders, as well as faculty and students from Rhode Island College’s nursing and social work programs and Brown University’s medical school.
If you want to be a physical therapist, you obviously care about physical health and well-being. Here at URI, you’ll learn all you need to know about the human body, but we also want you to develop great communication and leadership skills. That’s why service is a core component in our curriculum – we know that benefitting others ultimately benefits you.