Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in any area and wish to enter the field of physical therapy.
Employment rate of graduates within 6 months
Time to Earn the Doctorate
Of The Clinical Faculty Still Treat Patients
Study on the Weekends
The professional courses meet on eight alternate weekends per trimester with each instructional weekend including full days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The four full-time clinical experiences, totaling 36 weeks, are scheduled Monday through Friday.
The weekend format allows students to continue part-time employment, to maintain family responsibilities, and to pursue other interests. Students are cautioned, however, that long work hours are generally incompatible with success in the program, which does require extensive study time. Our past experience has been that students who work more than 20 hours per week on a regular basis had difficulty in meeting the rigorous demands of this program.
The TOP 10 Reasons PT Students choose Dominican College
We asked our PT students why they chose us. Here are the reasons they gave
Classes meet Friday to Sunday every other weekend. Work and pursue your degree simultaneously!
Learn by doing instead of watching.
Professors are chosen not just for their qualifications but also for their experience and their teaching skills.
Our Graduates Get Jobs!
100% of our graduates are employed within 6 months.
Cadaver Dissections Dissecting full cadavers as opposed to viewing pro section cadavers that have been dissected before-hand enhances the educational experience.
Diverse, strong, vibrant student community
Ongoing student/faculty interaction foster a collaborative learning environment.
Small student-to-faculty ratio
Fewer than 30 students per Cohorts.
Clinical affiliations The College has clinical affiliations with institutions such as the Hospital for Special Surgery, Kessler, New York Presbyterian, Lennox Hill, and more.
Research publications and presentations
The faculty foster student development in research projects, resulting in publications and presentations at national Physical Therapy Conferences.
Centrally located within 17 miles of New York City in the heart of the Hudson Valley region, with access to public transportation.
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Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic
Founded in 2019, the Dominican College Physical Therapy Clinic was established to provide rehabilitation services to the Dominican College community at no cost. Under direct supervision from faculty members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, graduate students organize and staff the clinic, as they pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Driven by the Dominican College creed “learning with a purpose, driven by an outcome: your success”, our goal is to provide evidence based, high-level, manual therapy-based rehabilitation services to all members of the community, while fostering an environment where students are able to enhance and promote their skills. Students develop leadership, communication and physical therapy skills, while providing a health-care service to the DC community. Members of the DC community have access to a team of student clinicians who, under the supervision of licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy, complete and develop comprehensive evaluations, assessments, and treatment plans.
The clinic is only available to current students, faculty and staff. Please click on this link to schedule an appointment. Please note, you will need your portal credentials to make an appointment.
Explore the Physical Therapy Program
Members of the Physical Therapy faculty/staff are available for counseling appointments either in person or by phone. These appointments must be scheduled in advance, please contact us with specific questions and days/times you are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I do once I'm accepted?
You must sign and return your acceptance letter along with a $500 non-refundable deposit (to be applied towards tuition) in order to confirm your status in the program. Additional information on many aspects of the program, faculty, books, curriculum, schedules, etc., will be provided during orientation.
Do you offer informational Open House events? When is the next event scheduled?
The College holds a Graduate Open House each semester. Physical Therapy faculty will be available to answer questions on admissions, prerequisites and the program. The Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty are available as needed for those who cannot make the Open House. Please email email@example.com for additional information.
The following (11) prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. All prerequisite course work must have been completed within the past 10 years. If your Undergraduate Degree was conferred prior to 2010, you will need to repeat the prerequisite course work.
|Required Prerequisites (11)|
|Science (on campus only)||Credits||Lab|
|1||Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) 1||4||Yes|
|2||Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) 2||4||Yes|
|Below can be online credits|
Prerequisite courses are offered by Dominican College in either the traditional semester-based weekday schedule or some may be offered on campus as a Weekend College format. Although the prerequisite courses may be taken at other accredited colleges or universities, preference for admission to the Physical Therapy Program is given to the most qualified applicants who have taken 30 or more credits at Dominican. The overall grade point average, as well as in the prerequisites grade point average must be at least a 3.0 with no course grade lower than a C. * Prior to applying, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED you place your prerequisite courses in an online GPA calculator to see if you would meet the prerequisite minimum GPA requirement. A 3.0 G.P.A. is also required for the last 60 credits of the student’s most recent coursework as a whole. Applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) or 213 on the computer-based T.O.E.F.L. (C.B.T.). The post-baccalaureate student who has satisfied the prerequisites can apply through PTCAS.org to the Physical Therapy Program. Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy curriculum, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Voluntary/Work Clinical Experience In addition to the prerequisite courses, all applicants must document a total of 60 hours of voluntary or work experience in settings where a licensed physical therapist is employed. These hours must be completed in diverse healthcare settings providing exposure to therapeutic intervention across the life span. While 60 clinical experience hours are mandatory, it is recommended to complete 100 hours.
Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Dominican College’s DPT program subscribes to the new Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants must apply online using the PTCAS application which is available here: www.ptcas.org.
- PTCAS Application Deadline – Please check the PTCAS website for deadline dates.
- Program has rolling Admissions Process? NO
Applications received after the deadline date will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class.
To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org. Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application. If you encounter difficulty with the PTCAS, please do not contact the program at Dominican College. Inquiries should be made directly to Customer Service at www.ptcas.org/Contact.html.
|Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)||$1,026 per credit|
|Graduate Audit Fee:||$750 per course|
|Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits)||$430/term|
|Replacement of I.D. cards||$20|
|In addition to the general tuition and fees described above, students should anticipate the following estimate of annual expenses associated with attending the College during the current Academic Year.|
For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions
Ashley Scales Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Phone: 845-848-7908 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Outcomes||Graduating Class 2017||Graduating Class 2018|
|Initial Class Size||24||21|
|Employed 6 months post graduation||95.83%||100%|
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate||90.4%||100%|
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate for the program||95%|
Clinical Education is a significant and critical component of the professional physical therapy curriculum. It allows students to observe and be mentored by expert clinicians working in their respective specialized clinical settings. Dominican College has developed more than 300 clinical relationships with a wide variety of carefully selected well respected local, regional, and national facilities.
The physical therapy curriculum provides four full-time clinical experiences throughout the 10 trimesters, totaling 36 weeks. During these four blocks of clinical practice, each student will have experiences with patients/clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings that encompass a range of conditions from acute to chronic. The student’s clinical education experiences will provide them with the entry-level knowledge and skills they need in the general practice of physical therapy.
We offer clinical experiences at the following institutions:
The College is located in Rockland County, NY, just 17 miles north of New York City, and 3 miles north of Bergen County, NJ.
If you’d like to visit the campus and meet the faculty, please choose from among our many visiting opportunities.
"The decision to pursue my goals at Dominican College was nothing short of a touchdown”
- Leigh Weiss, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, New York Giants
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Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
The Department of Physical Therapy at Dominican College participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site at www.ptcas.org.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Dominican College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 845-848-6049 or email Emil.Euaparadorn@dc.edu. Please note that the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (tDPT) is not accredited by CAPTE as CAPTE does not accredit tDPT programs..