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BS (3 Options) + Physical Therapy (DPT), 6-Year

D'Youville students working in a physical therapy lab.

Become a physical therapist in as few as 6 years with our sequential bachelor's degree plus doctor of physical therapy program.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a physical therapist you'll help people regain function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities to improve movement and the human experience.

Physical therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role as our population ages and awareness about the benefits of exercise and good health continues to increase. If you're interested in a career that's both fulfilling and has enormous opportunities for growth, becoming a physical therapist might be exactly what you've been looking for.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our fully-accredited program has a proven track record of success, with 100% of our graduates finding employment in the field of physical therapy within six months of graduation.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • Learn from professionals who are vanguards in their fields. The vast majority (80%) of our clinical labs and lectures are taught by full-time clinical faculty – many hold advanced specialist certifications in their areas of practice.
  • D'Youville has developed relationships with 300 clinical fieldwork sites in a wide array of settings, facilities, and treatment protocols. And as you conduct your fieldwork, you’ll be constantly supported by participating in the online discussion that runs concurrently with your clinical experiences.
  • If you’re interested in how horses can be used as a treatment approach, D’Youville offers an elective course in hippotherapy and opportunities to volunteer through our Student Hippotherapy Club.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Three BS Options

Bachelor of Science + Doctor of Physical Therapy

To become a physical therapist, you must earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, a standard set by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as the entry-level credential necessary to enter the profession.

Freshman to Doctorate

If you haven't earned your bachelor's degree yet, our sequential degree program allows you to enter as a freshman into one of three bachelor's degree programs. Each will prepare you for entry into the DPT program while allowing you to tailor your bachelor’s degree to meet your personal and professional interests and goals.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

The BS in Biology option is ideal for students who love science or who are considering a career in research or teaching at the collegiate level. The comprehensive curriculum offered in the BS in Biology program allows you to establish a solid pre-medical education. The scientific and health-related knowledge and skills you'll learn will form a firm foundation for your physical therapy career.

BIOLOGY BS Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science in Biology for Health Professions Preparation program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

General Education Requirements 30
Major Biology B.S. and D.P.T. preparation 70
Health Professions option (D.P.T.) 11
Free electives (including remaining Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements) 9
Total Credits 120
Biology Electives (18 credits) including
BIO-107 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 1 3
BIO-107L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1 1
BIO-108 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 1 3
BIO-108L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1 1
Total Credits 8
1

Denotes specific prerequisite coursework requiring a minimum grade of B and a G.P.A. of 3.20 to enter the D.P.T. graduate program. Of the four chemistry courses, only the best two must be considered for the prerequisite G.P.A.

In Other Academic Areas Required for the Major
SOC-101 Principles of Sociology 1 3
PSY-101 General Psychology 1 3
HP-203 Medical Terminology 1
MAT-123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 1 4
CHE-220 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CHE-220L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 1
Total Credits 15
1 Denotes specific prerequisite coursework requiring a minimum grade of B and a G.P.A. of 3.20 to enter the D.P.T. graduate program. Of the four chemistry courses, only the best two must be considered for the prerequisite G.P.A.

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies

If you envision yourself as a physical therapist working with athletes or other physically active people, the BS in Exercise in Sports Studies may be ideal for you. Not only can this pathway be completed in as few as 6 years with summer classes, but it also offers a wide range of exciting internship opportunities in a variety of clinical settings focused on athletics and physical fitness.

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management

If you're interested in a career where you can put your entrepreneurial interests and business acumen to work in the field of physical therapy, you may want to consider the BS in Health Services Management. While this program provides the same kind of excellent preparation you'll need to succeed in our DPT program, it also offers you the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in business principles and the law as it pertains to both business and healthcare. You'll also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a variety of internship opportunities that will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the business of healthcare, ideal for someone interested in running their own physical therapy practice, managing others' practices, or pursuing a career in healthcare management.

Direct Entry

After you earn your Bachelor of Science degree, as long as you’ve maintained the necessary academic standards you’ll be automatically admitted to our Doctor of Physical Therapy program — no need to reapply!

Applicants with Bachelor's Degrees

If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree, you may apply to enter our three-year professional program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This demanding program combines traditional coursework with clinical fieldwork, graduate-level research, and online learning over the course of nine consecutive semesters, allowing you to complete the program in as little as three years.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.
    • Physics is recommended.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 3

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Use the Online Course Equivalency database to see whether the courses you've taken at other institutions can be counted towards a degree at D'Youville.

Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy Combined Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Sample Undergraduate P.T. prerequisite courses

Math & Natural Sciences

  • Two 3-credit courses in human-based science or applied science courses
  • One course in human anatomy with lab
  • One course in human physiology with lab — may be two courses in human anatomy with physiology with labs
  • Two courses in chemistry with labs
  • Two courses in physics with labs
  • One semester of statistics

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • One course in psychology

Sequential Degree: Six-Year B.S. + D.P.T.

BIO-639 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO-639L Human Gross Anatomy Lab 0
GRA-601 Research Methodology and Design 3
PT-500 Essential Skills I 3
PT-500L Essential Skills I Lab 1
PT-502 Pathophysiology for Physical Therapists 3
PT-503 Clinical Orientation Seminar I 0
PT-504 Clinical Orientation Seminar II 0
PT-505 Intro PT and Health Care Systems 2
PT-506 Physiology of Therapeutic Exercise 2
PT-506L Physiology of Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
PT-510 Essential Skills II 2
PT-510L Essential Skills II Lab 1
PT-513 Orthopedic Physical Therapy I 2
PT-513L Orthopedic I Lab 2
PT-514 Integumentary Examination & Intervention 2
PT-515 Professional Development I 1
PT-518 Biomechanics and Kinesiology for PT 2
PT-518L Biomechanics and Kinesiology Lab 1
PT-519 Lifespan Development 1
PT-519L Lifespan Development Lab 1
PT-520 Lifespan Development II 1
PT-520L Lifespan Development II Lab 1
PT-522 Functional Anatomy 2
PT-522L Functional Anatomy Lab 1
PT-525 Community Health & Wellness I 1
PT-526 Community Health & Wellness II 1
PT-526L Community Health & Wellness II Lab 1
PT-547 Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Spec 1
PT-550 Clinical Neuroscience 5
PT-550L Clinical Neuroscience Lab 0
PT-552 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 2
PT-552L Cardiopulmonary Lab 1
PT-552S Cardiopulmonary Seminar 0
PT-574 Clinical Fieldwork I 3
PT-602 Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics 2
PT-602L Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics Lab 1
PT-604 Clinical Orientation Seminar III 0
PT-606 Neuromuscular Assessment 2
PT-606L Neuromuscular Assessment Lab 1
PT-613 Orthopedic Physical Therapy II 2
PT-613L Orthopedic II Lab 2
PT-615 Professional Development II 1
PT-618 Rehabilitation II 3
PT-618L Rehabilitation Lab II 2
PT-627 Application of Research Methods in PT 4
PT-627L App of Research Methods in PT Lab 0
PT-628 Research Seminar 3
PT-674 Fieldwork II 4
PT-675 Clinical Fieldwork III 4
PT-701 Clinical Decision in Therapeutic Exercise 2
PT-701L Clinical Decision in Therapeutic Exercise Lab 1
PT-703 Education Advocacy Consultation 3
PT-709 Business Management Strategies for Physical Therapists 2
PT-725 Clinical Fieldwork IV 5
PT-748 Differential Diagnosis 3
PT-799 NPTE Examination Preparation 0
PT-XXX Graduate Elective Credits 5
Total Credits 108

 

 

Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you for general physical therapy practice where you’ll work to improve movement with patients whose functionality is impaired by injuries or disease.

A Physical Therapist's Role

Your role as a practicing physical therapist will be to help your patients regain strength and function, improve mobility, relieve their pain, and prevent or limit the scope or impact of physical disabilities on their lives and their health.

In clinical settings you’ll work with patients to assess their physical functions in the context of their medical history and social support. You’ll also test and measure their strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function in order to establish baselines for therapy.

Finally, as a physical therapist you’ll also help your patients after they leave your care by prescribing therapeutic exercise in order to improve the quality of their lives.

Specializations

The preparation you receive at D’Youville will qualify you to begin your professional career as a physical therapist in almost any healthcare setting. However, while many of our graduates enjoy fulfilling careers in general practice, many others choose to specialize in areas such as:

  • Orthopedics: focusing on the treatment and correction of functional impairments or deformities of the musculoskeletal system
  • Pediatrics: focusing on early intervention for babies and children who are functionally impaired from injuries or disease
  • Sports medicine: focusing on athletic conditioning, preventing and treating athletic injuries, and increasing human athletic performance
  • Geriatrics: focusing on healthcare issues of older adults
  • Industrial settings: focusing on maintaining health and treating diseases and accidental injuries affecting people in the workplace
  • Home care: focusing on using physical activity, exercise, and other treatments in order to assist with healing and relieving pain for those who are homebound with an injury or other physical disability

Post-Professional Degrees

While many of our graduates go into clinical practice, others enter advanced academic programs in order to pursue careers in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. These students typically pursue post-professional degrees such as doctor of science (D.Sc.), doctor of education (EdD), or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. If you choose to pursue this path you can rest assured that the rigorous academic, research, and clinical work you’ll complete in our entry-level professional DPT program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.

Career Outlook

Physical therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role as our population ages and awareness about the benefits of exercise and good health continues to increase. Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job outlook for physical therapists, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
For more information about careers in physical therapy, visit: www.apta.org/Careers/

Clinical Education

Clinical Education

It's one thing to learn something in the classroom ... it's quite another to put the knowledge and skills you've learned into practice in a clinical setting. At D'Youville you’ll get the experience, guidance, and support you need to become a confident, competent clinical professional.

As a physical therapy student, you'll gain experience with a total of 32 weeks of clinical fieldwork during the professional phase of the program. During your clinical fieldwork, you'll experience the fundamentals of evidence-based practice, including:

  • patient evaluation
  • direct patient care
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • healthcare administration
  • teaching and supervision of other healthcare professionals

Your success is paramount to us, and we'll be with you every step of the way as you progress through your clinical experiences. As you conduct your fieldwork, you’ll be constantly supported by participating in the online discussion that runs concurrently with your clinical experiences.

D'Youville Distinctions

  • Benefit from the close relationships that D'Youville has developed over the years with over 300 clinical fieldwork sites in a wide array of settings, facilities, and treatment protocols.
  • In select classes, our faculty practitioners bring patients to the classroom to maximize the development of the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed as a physical therapist.
  • Through our unique interprofessional education labs, you’ll learn to better understand the roles of other members of the healthcare team and develop skills to work effectively to improve patient care.

Interprofessional Education


The Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center is a research and academic project that uses professional actors to create real-life patient care simulations for students. Students from eight healthcare disciplines at D'Youville take part in the center, including physical therapy.

A physical therapy student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.

interprofessional

PT students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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Sarah Pictor in pediatric physical therapy lab

our faculty

"When the parents tell me hippotherapy is the most valuable therapy their child has received, I remember that moment." 

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Pam Bartlo in KAB

our faculty

"I like that I get to know my students individually and that they can get to know me.

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Students enjoy the warm weather

hippotherapy

If you’re interested in how horses can be used as a treatment approach, D’Youville offers an elective course in hippotherapy and opportunities to volunteer through our Student Hippotherapy Club.

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