The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Become a skilled, ethical, and respectful doctor of physical therapy with a commitment to evidence-based practice and lifelong learning

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.

100%

Employment rate of graduates within 6 months

3.3 Years

Time to Earn the Doctorate

100%

Of The Clinical Faculty Still Treat Patients

Over 300

Clinical relationships

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.

See why our students prefer to study on the weekend

The  TOP 10 Reasons PT Students choose Dominican College

We asked our PT students why they chose us. Here are the reasons they gave

Weekend Format
Classes meet Friday to Sunday every other weekend.  Work and pursue your degree simultaneously!

Hands-on  
Learn by doing instead of watching.

Expert Faculty
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.

Our Campus
Centrally located within 17 miles of New York City in the heart of the Hudson Valley region, with access to public transportation. 

Students Prefer Dominican College's Weekend Format

 See how the two formats compare:

Weekend Format Traditional Format
In Class Fri - Sun
Every other weekend
(8 weekends per trimester) 3 days/week
Mon- Thur 4 days/week
(Every week per semester)
Terms 3/year on campus 2/year
Classes Term 3 - 4 4 - 6
Weeks in Clinic 32 32
Length 3.3 years 3 years
Credits 99 100

Explore the Physical Therapy Program

Program FAQsAdmissionsApplication ProcessCost of AttendanceProgram Outcomes
May I meet with an adviser? 

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  annemarie.lee@dc.edu.

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 annemarie.lee@dc.edu for additional information.

Prerequisites

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 2009, 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
3 Biology 1 4 Yes
4 Biology 2 4 Yes
5 Chemistry 1 4 Yes
6 Chemistry 2 4 Yes
7 Physics 1 4 Yes
8 Physics 2 4 Yes
Below can be online credits
9 Psychology 1 3 N/A
10 Psychology 2 3 N/A
11 Statistics 3 N/A
Total 41

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.

All candidates must apply online utilizing the APTA's Centralized Application Service which can be accessed here: www.ptcas.org.

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, 2019.
  • 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) $996 per credit
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) $996 per credit
All other programs: $919 per credit
Graduate Audit Fee: $750 per course
General Fees:
Application fee $50
Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits) $430/term
Registration: Part-time $200/term
Replacement of I.D. cards $20
Graduation Fee $200
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.
Books $1,500
Transportation $1,700
Personal Expenses $1,950

For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions

Outcomes Graduating Class 2015 Graduating Class 2016 Graduating Class 2017
Initial Class Size 30 27 24
% Graduates 96.70% 85.19% 87.50%
Employed 6 months post graduation 100% 95.83% 100%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate 92.60% 91.3% 89.5%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Rate for the program 90.4%

Clinical Education

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.

Additional Resources

We offer clinical experiences at the following institutions:

Our Location

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.

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Testimomials

"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

Dominican College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program provided me with the tools I needed to start my own practice

– John Gallucci, Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer

Meet our faculty

Email Euaparadorn

Director

Phone: (845) 848-6048
Email: emil.euaparadorn@dc.edu

Speak to us about applying to the Physical Therapy program at Dominican College today!

Inquiries

Contact Heather Bergling today for more information about the Physical Therapy Program at Dominican College.

Heather Bergling
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (845) 848-7908
Email: graduate.admissions@dc.edu

Applications

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: accreditation@apta.org; 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..