Department of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Overview

The course of study for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program begins in the summer semester and continues on a full-time basis for three years, including three summers of supervised clinical practice. This innovative entry-level program encompasses the study of normal and abnormal structure and function and the theory and practice of physical therapy. Students obtain clinical experience in a variety of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools for children with physically disabling conditions, nursing homes, private practices, and public health agencies. The student is awarded a professional doctoral degree upon completion of the program, is eligible to sit for licensure, and is prepared to practice in a clinical setting. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program aims to develop competent, autonomous practitioners with the expertise and skills to:

  • Examination of patients/clients across the life span for impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities and for prevention, wellness, fitness, and health promotion needs.
  • Provide interventions across the life span for the management of injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities;
  • Maintain and promote fitness, wellness, health, and quality of life;
  • Ensure availability, accessibility, and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services to patients/clients across the life span;
  • Serve as an educator, screener, administrator, consultant, delegator, and manager;
  • Assume leadership roles in prevention and health maintenance programs and rehabilitation services;
  • Utilize research to support practice;
  • Impart information to colleagues;
  • Assist in the development of and advocate for health policy standards tied to physical therapy practice; and
  • Establish a plan for professional development and life long learning.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org

Outcomes

Based on information collected on the classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Program student outcomes were as follows: the three-year graduation rate was 96%; the three-year licensure exam pass rate was 100% and the three-year employment rate was 100%. For the class of 2012 the graduation rate was 94.9%; the licensure exam pass rate was 97.3% and the employment rate was 92.3% . 

Student Body

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is open to students holding a baccalaureate degree with the appropriate prerequisites. Our students come from varied academic, cultural, and experience backgrounds, which make our student body one of the most unique in the country. Students have baccalaureate degrees that range from a to z (from anthropology, business, dance, exercise science, psychology, to zoology).