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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, led by Program Director Dr. Marilyn Moffat, prepares students of all backgrounds for careers in physical therapy through a comprehensive course of study combined with supervised clinical practice. If you have any questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Alex Cook at alexander.cook@nyu.edu.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time
Credits
133
Start Date
Summer
Application Deadlines
Soft deadline
Hard deadline

This innovative, entry-level degree encompasses the study of normal and abnormal structure and function and the theory and practice of physical therapy.

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy student, you will develop into a competent, autonomous physical therapy practitioner with the expertise and skills to:

  • Examine and provide interventions for patients/clients across the life span facing impairments, functional limitations, injuries, and/or disabilities 

  • Maintain and promote patient/client 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

  • Utilize research to support practice

  • Assist in the development of and advocacy for health policy standards tied to physical therapy practice

  • Establish a plan for professional development and life-long learning

One of the greatest attributes of NYU Steinhardt’s Doctor of Physical Therapy is the diversity of students pursuing the degree. We attract students from all around the globe, whose different points of view enrich our community.

As a student, you’ll join together with your classmates in the summer semester and continue on a full-time basis for three years, including three summers of supervised clinical practice. 

The DPT will expose you to clinical experience in a variety of sites affiliated with our department, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, private practices, and public health agencies. You will play an active role in the site selection process to ensure your clinical experience is tailored to your interests and goals.

As a graduate of the entry-level DPT, you will be a well-rounded, clinically-trained professional with the skills and expertise to work in a number of areas and careers. This includes becoming a practitioner, faculty for a physical therapy program, a supervisor in health and private facilities (hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, private practices, health maintenance programs), and working within public service agencies.   

Upon completion of the degree, you will be eligible to sit for professional licensure.

Current Student Spotlight

Learn what inspired Madison Yamane (DPT '21) to pursue a career in physical therapy and why she chose to apply to NYU Steinhardt's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

 

Meet Madison

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Alumni in Action

Read on to meet some of our DPT alumni and learn how they are using their degrees to shape the physical therapy profession.

 

Meet DPT Alumni

Most Recent Outcomes

Based on information collected on the classes of 2018 and 2019, student outcomes were as follows: the two-year graduation rate was 97.3%, the two-year licensure exam pass rate was 92.5%, and the two-year employment rate was 100%.

 

Licensure Requirements

NYU Steinhardt DPT places students in clinical settings in several states outside New York. View information about licensure requirements in those states.

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Accreditation Information

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Wen Ling (212-998-9400) or email wkl1@nyu.edu.

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American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Member Institution

Our program is a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, an organization dedicated to excellence in physical therapist education programs.

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DEPARTMENT OF

Physical Therapy

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New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-998-9400
Email: steinhardt.pt@nyu.edu

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