Incoming freshman can earn a bachelor's degree plus a doctoral degree in physical therapy in just 6 years.
Physical therapists work with patients who are functionally impaired from injuries or disease.
As a physical therapist, you will assist individuals to regain function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.
D'Youville College's highly-regarded physical therapy program prepares students for general therapy practice. Once you enter practice, you may choose to specialize in an area such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, or orthopedics.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree will become the entry-level degree within the next decade.
D'Youville College offers 3 different pathways to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree:
- Enter our sequential degree program pathways as a freshman. Earn a bachelor's degree plus your doctoral degree in six years.
- Students with a bachelor's degree can enter our three-year professional program which leads to a doctor of physical therapy degree.
- If you already have a master's in physical therapy, enter our transitional doctoral program and complete your degree in as few as 3 semesters.
Majors & Programs
Six-Year Sequential Bachelor's + Doctoral Degree
Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for these programs.
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"My degree will help me climb the leadership ladder."
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"I like that I get to know my students individually and that they can get to know me."
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The movement of a horse is used in hippotherapy to enhance the functional skills of patients with disabilities.
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D'Youville students in physical and occupational therapy (as well as other majors) can gain hands-on experience as volunteers through the Student Hippotherapy Club.
Alumna Named PT Director of Hornell School District
08-08-2013 - Amber Linza '11 earned her doctorate in physical therapy at D'Youville.
Fundraising Effort Created by DYC Student Raises $llk
06-28-2013 - Kristen Smith, a physical therapy major, created the Laps for Limbs event. Proceeds benefit The Little Pebble Foundation and veterans with amputations through the H.E.R.D.