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 affiliations, 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.
Disecting full cadevers 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.
The College has clinical affiliations with insititutions 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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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 prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
- Biology: I, II 4, 4 cr
- Statistics: 3 cr
- Anatomy and Physiology I, II: 4, 4 cr
- Physics I, II: 4, 4 cr
- Developmental Psychology I, II: 3, 3 cr
- Chemistry I, II: 4, 4 cr
Prerequisite courses are offered by Dominican College in either the traditional semester-based weekday schedule or the 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. 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 make application 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 100 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 100 clinical experience hours are mandatory, it is recommended to complete 200 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 – PTCAS application deadline is March 1, 2018.
- Program has rolling Admissions Process? YES
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)||$976 per credit|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)||$976 per credit|
|All other programs:||$900 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 2014-2015 Academic Year.|
For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions
- Tel: (845) 848-7908
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Outcomes||Graduating Class 2014||Graduating Class 2015||Graduating Class 2016|
|Initial Class Size||n/a||30||26|
|Employed 6 months post graduation||n/a||100%||100%|
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate||92.60%||78%|
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate for the program||86%|
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 respectedt local, regional, and national facilities.
The physical therapy curriculum provides the student with four full-time clinical affiliations throughout the ten trimesters of study for a total of thirty-six 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.
Some of the clinical experiences we collaborate with:
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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Speak to us about applying to the Physical Therapy program at Dominican College today!
Contact Heather Bergling today for more information about the Physical Therapy Program at Dominican College.
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (845) 848-7908
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.