Ithaca College

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Department of Physical Therapy

Clinical Health Studies (B.S.), Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Michael A. Pagliarulo, Professor and Chair

In the fall of 2006 the Department of Physical Therapy initiated the College's first clinical doctoral program. The following primarily describes the undergraduate degree program.

The mission of the undergraduate physical therapy program at Ithaca College is to prepare skilled practitioners who render independent decisions and implement evidence-based, comprehensive care to maximize the function, health, and wellness of their patients/clients. With an emphasis on professional behavior and lifelong learning skills, our graduates are competent to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment and are prepared for the roles of practitioner, manager, consultant, clinical educator, and scholar in a variety of settings.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a six-year, dual-degree program in clinical health studies/physical therapy. Students receive a B.S. degree in clinical health studies after four years of study and a doctorate degree in physical therapy after completion of the graduate program. Students must complete the D.P.T. degree to be eligible for physical therapy licensure. The first five years of the program are spent on the Ithaca campus. The final year is conducted at the Rochester, New York, campus of Ithaca College, located at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The program maintains an affiliation with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Strong Memorial Hospital. Students spend the summer semester following the junior year on the Rochester campus in a 10-week concentrated study of human anatomy. Students gain practical experience through full-time clinical education courses, totaling 36 weeks, at sites throughout the United States. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is approved by the New York State Education Department.
Clinical Health Studies, B.S.
Physical Therapy, D.P.T.
Clinical Science, B.S.
Physical Therapy, M.S.

B.S. in Clinical Health Studies

Note: This degree does not provide eligibility for licensure to practice physical therapy. It is awarded after four years of study in the six-year combined B.S./D.P.T. program in clinical health studies/physical therapy.

Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Health Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Majors

Grade requirements

Undergraduate students: Students in the clinical science major must receive at least a grade of C- in all required courses. Students who do not have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 at the completion of the spring semester of their sophomore year will be dismissed from the program.

To be eligible for admission to the doctorate in physical therapy program (graduate years), applicants must have completed the B.S. program in clinical health studies and have achieved at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Graduate students: Students are expected to enter the D.P.T. program in the fall semester immediately following the awarding of the B.S. degree in clinical health studies. Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 through each academic block/semester to avoid academic warning and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to graduate.

During the graduate years of the program, any student receiving more than 6 credits of C (C+, C, or C-) or an F in a required course will be subject to dismissal from the physical therapy program and may not reenter the program. At the graduate level, no grades of D are awarded; the lowest passing grade is C-. Students must earn a satisfactory rating in all courses, including all required clinical education courses, before the degree will be awarded and certification granted for licensing.

Curricular requirements

Courses and credits must be satisfactorily completed in the allotted time and in the sequence shown in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs unless permission to deviate from the sequence or time frame has been approved by the department faculty. Candidates for a doctorate in physical therapy are required to meet all requirements for graduation within four years of their matriculation date into the graduate program.

Academic warning

Being placed on academic warning indicates that a student has a serious academic deficiency that, if not corrected, will result in suspension or dismissal from the clinical health studies/physical therapy program. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students on academic warning may not be allowed to progress to clinical education courses. Such students may be allowed to progress in the curriculum only under conditions specified and approved by the department. Remediation for removal of academic warning status will be determined by the department faculty.

Undergraduate students: An undergraduate clinical health studies major will be placed on academic warning within the Department of Physical Therapy for the following semester if he or she

  1. receives less than a C- grade in, drops, or withdraws from any required course;
  2. does not complete the required and elective courses in the time allotted;
  3. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the time allotted;
  4. fails, drops, or withdraws from a clinical education course;
  5. receives less than a 3.00 GPA during a semester taking required graduate (level 5 or higher) courses; or
  6. fails to complete the requirements for general education and a minor prior to beginning the first professional year of the clinical health studies/physical therapy curriculum. For matriculating students entering as freshmen, this requirement must be met by the end of the junior year.

Graduate students: A graduate student in the physical therapy major will be placed on academic warning by the Division of Graduate Studies if he or she

  1. receives less than a 3.00 GPA in an academic block/semester;
  2. withdraws from a required course;
  3. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the allotted time; or
  4. fails, drops, withdraws, or receives a U in a clinical education course.

Warning will be removed when both of the following criteria are met:

  1. The student's GPA for the following semester or academic block/semester is 3.00 or greater.

  2. The student's graduate cumulative GPA is 3.00 or greater.

Clinical education: If the student receives a grade of F or U in a clinical education course, he or she will be placed on academic warning. The student must remediate this grade in one or more of the following ways as decided by the faculty:

  1. complete an equivalent clinical education course and receive a grade of pass or S;
  2. perform remedial work under the supervision of one or more faculty members; or
  3. satisfactorily complete the course Independent Clinical Study.

Upon successful remediation, the warning will be removed and the student will be allowed to progress in the program.

Suspension from the undergraduate program

A student who is subject to dismissal from the program may, under extenuating circumstances, be granted a suspension from the program. Alternatively, if the student is subject to warning, but not dismissal, and the academic deficiency is more severe than normal in warning situations, the student may be suspended from the program. A student on program suspension may not enroll in courses offered within the major. Such a student may apply for a leave of absence from Ithaca College in accordance with College policy. To be eligible for readmission, the student will have to fulfill certain conditions prescribed by the Department of Physical Therapy at the time of suspension.

Dismissal from the program

Undergraduate students: An undergraduate student is subject to dismissal from the clinical health studies/physical therapy major if he or she

  1. receives less than a C- in two or more required courses in the same semester;
  2. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning who fails to successfully complete (with grades of C- or better) at least 12 credit hours in a semester, or a junior or senior who has not successfully completed the minimum number of credit hours to progress to the next semester;
  3. has less than a 2.80 cumulative GPA at the end of the sophomore year (i.e., after the 54 undergraduate credits in the required curriculum);
  4. has less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the senior year (i.e., after 120 undergraduate credits in the required curriculum);
  5. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning for the preceding semester, or a junior or senior who has been on academic warning for any semester, and receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified time period) in any required course;
  6. is a senior who receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified time) in any required course or clinical education prerequisite;
  7. fails, drops, withdraws, or receives a U in any two required courses, including clinical education courses; or
  8. withdraws from a required course while on academic warning.

In an exceptional case, a student may be readmitted upon the satisfactory completion of conditions determined by the department faculty.

Graduate students: A graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy is subject to dismissal from the program if he or she

  1. receives more than 6 credits of C (C-, C, C+) during the graduate years;
  2. receives a grade of F for any course in the graduate years (excluding clinical education courses);
  3. remains on academic warning for any two consecutive semesters or academic blocks;
  4. fails, drops, withdraws, or receives a U from any two clinical education courses (graduate or undergraduate); or
  5. fails to successfully complete departmental remediation as prescribed by the faculty within the allotted time.

A student dismissed from the program is not eligible to remain in the Department of Physical Therapy but may be eligible to pursue other Ithaca College programs.

If academic performance deficiencies include failure to meet minimum standards of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance or the Division of Graduate Studies, suspension or dismissal from Ithaca College may result.

A more complete description of special academic policies and procedures is available in the physical therapy department office.

Requirements for the Major in Clinical Health Studies -- B.S.

Major department requirements

PTBS 31300

Clinical Physiology

3

PTBS 51002

Human Anatomy

6

PTBS 51103

Pathology for Physical Therapists

3

PTBS 52001

Fundamentals of Patient/Client Care

2

PTBS 52102

Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation

3

PTBS 52203

Soft Tissue Palpation and Examination

2

PTBS 52304

Peripheral Joint Mobilization

1.5

PTBS 52405

Therapeutic Exercise

3

PTBS 53101

Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Physical Agents

4

PTBS 53702

Applied Biomechanics

3

PTBS 54001

Profession of Physical Therapy

0.5

PTBS 54102

Preclinical Conference I

0

PTBS 54203

Professional Development I

1

PTBS 55501

Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting

1

PTBS 55602

Introduction to Health Care Systems

1

PTBS 56701

Research I: Scientific Inquiry

3

Total, department requirements

37

Required courses outside major department

(in the School of Humanities and Sciences)

BIOL 11900-12000

Fundamentals of Biology

8

BIOL 20600

Primary Human Anatomy

3

CHEM 11100-11300

Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

4

CHEM 11200-11400

Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab

4

PHYS 10100-10200

Introduction to Physics I and II

8

Total, required courses outside major department

27

Electives outside major department
General education requirements

(see School of Humanities and Sciences)

Writing effectiveness

   0-3

Self and society

    12

2B Mathematics and formal reasoning

      3

3A Language

      6

3B Visual and performing arts

      6

Total electives outside major department

27-30

General education requirements must be completed by the end of the junior year. A maximum of 6 advanced placement credits may be applied toward appropriate courses to meet the general education requirement. Students must either achieve a score on the math placement exam placing them in group 1, 2, or 3 or, if placed in group 4, earn a grade of C- or better in MATH 10000 or MATH 18000. Students must include in their coursework at least 6 credits with a global designation and 6 credits with a historical designation. These credits may be fulfilled in part by courses taken to fulfill general education requirements or as unrestricted open electives. Students may obtain sample course sequences for meeting these requirements from the department office.

Minors

Students are required to complete a minor. They are encouraged to declare a minor early, as careful scheduling may be necessary to complete some minors. The minor can be in any department at Ithaca College. Generally, minors require 18-21 credits. Please review this catalog for a listing of available minors.

Total minor credits

18-21

Free electives

  5-11

Total, B.S. in clinical health studies

   120

Housing and Transportation Arrangements for Clinical Education

During each full-time clinical education, students are responsible for making housing arrangements and arrangements for transportation to and from the clinical facilities. Information on securing housing during clinical education placements is available from the Office of Experiential Learning.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy

For students who begin their program under the 2007-8 undergraduate catalog, the major department requirements for the doctorate in physical therapy are listed below. Note that the summer preceding the senior year and the final year of the program take place on the Rochester, New York, campus.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered for the doctorate in physical therapy, all students must complete the B.S. degree program in clinical health studies at Ithaca College and the required courses listed below.

Major department requirements

PDPT 51004

Pharmacology

2

PDPT 52506

Spine Examination and Rehabilitation

3

PDPT 54300

Preclinical Conference II

0

PDPT 54400

Professional Development II

0.5

PDPT 55700

Clinical Administration I

3

PDPT 55800

Clinical Administration II

1

PDPT 55900

Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

2

PDPT 56800

Research II: Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy

2

PDPT 57000

Clinical Neuroanatomy

3

PDPT 57100

Clinical Neurophysiology

3

PDPT 57200

Normal Motor Development

3

PDPT 57300

Fundamentals of the Neurological Examination

3

PDPT 59000

Clinical Education I

4

PDPT 59102

Clinical Education II

4

PDPT 62607

Clinical Orthopedics

2

PDPT 63800

Pathokinesiology

3

PDPT 63900

Orthotics/Prosthetics

2

PDPT 64500

Pre-Clinical Conference III

0

PDPT 64600

Professional Development III

1

PDPT 64700

Professional Development IV

1

PDPT 66900

Research III: Research Seminar

3

PDPT 67400

Neurological Rehabilitation I

3

PDPT 67500

Neurological Rehabilitation II

3

PDPT 67600

Pediatric Rehabilitation

3

PDPT 68000

Differential Diagnosis

1

PDPT 68100

Cardiac Testing and Management

2

PDPT 68200

Clinical Medicine/Surgery

3

PDPT 68300

Pulmonary Testing and Management

2

PDPT 68400

Case Study Seminar

2

PDPT 68500

Wellness and Prevention

1

PDPT 69200

Clinical Education III

4

PDPT 69300

Clinical Education IV (3) and

PDPT 69400

Clinical Education V (3) or

PDPT 69500

Clinical Education VI (6)

6

Total, doctorate in physical therapy

75.5

Clinical Education

The Department of Physical Therapy has established contracts with over 1,000 clinical education sites. It continues to explore new clinical sites to assure that students are offered the best clinical education. A current listing of sites is available in the Office of Experiential Learning. The directors of clinical education determine the sites to be used and the placement of the students for each of their clinical education courses. Assignments to clinical education sites are based on several factors, such as program requirements for a variety of experiences, faculty advisement, student performance, and student preference.

Clinical Science (B.S.), Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Michael A. Pagliarulo, Professor and Chair

The dual bachelor of science and master of science in physical therapy program is no longer offered for freshman entry, effective fall 2006.

The mission of the physical therapy program at Ithaca College is to prepare skilled practitioners who render independent decisions and implement evidence-based, comprehensive care to maximize the function, health, and wellness of their patients/clients. With an emphasis on professional behavior and lifelong learning skills, our graduates are competent to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment and are prepared for the roles of practitioner, manager, consultant, clinical educator, and scholar in a variety of settings.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a five-year, dual-degree program in clinical science/physical therapy. (Students are no longer accepted into this degree program, but they are accepted into the B.S./D.P.T. program described above.) Students receive a B.S. degree in clinical science after four years of study and an M.S. degree in physical therapy after their fifth year of study. Students must complete the M.S. degree to be eligible for physical therapy licensure. The five-year program is designed for freshman entry.

The first four years of the program are spent on the Ithaca campus. The final year is conducted at the Rochester campus of Ithaca College, located at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The program maintains an affiliation with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Strong Memorial Hospital. Students spend the summer semester following the sophomore year on the Rochester campus in a 10-week concentrated study of human anatomy. Students gain practical experience through full-time clinical education courses, totaling 30 weeks, at sites throughout the United States. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is approved by the New York State Education Department.

Students accepted into the fall 2005 physical therapy class will have the opportunity to earn a D.P.T. through a transitional program that will be offered after the successful completion of the M.S. program.

B.S. in Clinical Science

Note: This degree does not provide eligibility for licensure to practice physical therapy. It is awarded after four years of study in the five-year combined B.S./M.S. program in clinical science/physical therapy.

Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Science and Physical Therapy Majors

Grade requirements

Undergraduate students: Students in the clinical science major must receive at least a grade of C- in all required courses.

Students who do not have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 at the completion of the spring semester of their sophomore year will be dismissed from the program.

To be eligible for admission to the master of science program in physical therapy (graduate year), applicants must have completed the B.S. program in clinical science and have achieved at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Graduate students: Students are expected to enter the M.S. program the fall semester immediately following the awarding of the B.S. degree in clinical science. Fifth-year students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 through each academic block to avoid academic warning and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to graduate.

During the graduate year of the program, any student receiving more than 6 credits of C (C+, C, or C-) or an F in a required course will be subject to dismissal from the physical therapy program and may not reenter the program. At the master's degree level, no grades of D are awarded; the lowest passing grade awarded is C-. Students must earn a satisfactory rating in all courses, including all required clinical education courses, before the degree will be awarded and certification granted for licensing.

Curricular requirements

Courses and credits must be satisfactorily completed in the allotted time and in the sequence shown in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs unless permission to deviate from the sequence or time frame has been approved by the department faculty. Candidates for a master's degree in physical therapy are required to meet all requirements for graduation within three years of their matriculation date into the graduate program.

Academic warning

Being placed on academic warning indicates that a student has a serious academic deficiency that, if not corrected, will result in suspension or dismissal from the clinical science/physical therapy program. Junior, senior, and graduate students on academic warning may not be allowed to progress to clinical education courses. Such students may be allowed to progress in the curriculum only under conditions specified and approved by the department. Remediation for removal of academic warning status will be determined by the department faculty.

Undergraduate students: An undergraduate clinical science major will be placed on academic warning within the Department of Physical Therapy for the following semester if he or she

  1. receives less than a C- grade in, drops, or withdraws from any required course;
  2. does not complete the required and elective courses in the time allotted;
  3. does not complete the general education requirements by the end of the junior year;
  4. does not complete the liberal arts focus area or comparable credits* in the minor by the end of the junior year;
  5. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the time allotted;
  6. fails, drops, or withdraws from a clinical education course; or
  7. fails to complete the requirements for general education and the liberal arts focus area (or the minor).

*Nine credits toward a minor, with at least 6 credits at level 2 and 3 credits at level 3

Graduate students: A graduate student in the physical therapy major will be placed on academic warning by the Division of Graduate Studies if he or she

  1. receives less than a 3.00 GPA in an academic block;
  2. withdraws from a required course;
  3. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the allotted time;
  4. fails, drops, withdraws, or receives a U for a clinical education course.

Warning will be removed when both of the following criteria are met:

  1. The student's GPA for the following semester is 3.00 or greater.
  2. The student's overall GPA for the graduate year is 3.00 or greater.

Clinical education: If the student receives a grade of F or U in a clinical education course, he or she will be placed on academic warning. The student must remediate this grade in one or more of the following ways as decided by the faculty:

  1. attend an equivalent affiliation and receive a grade of pass or S;
  2. perform remedial work under the supervision of one or more faculty members; or
  3. satisfactorily complete the course Independent Clinical Study.

Upon successful remediation, the warning will be removed and the student will be allowed the opportunity to progress in the program.

Suspension from the undergraduate program

A student who is subject to dismissal from the program may, under extenuating circumstances, be granted a suspension from the program. Alternatively, if the student is subject to warning, but not dismissal, and the academic deficiency is more severe than normal in warning situations, the student may be suspended from the program. A student on program suspension may not enroll in courses offered within the major. Such a student may apply for a leave of absence in accordance with College policy. To be eligible for readmission, the student will have to fulfill certain conditions prescribed by the department at the time of suspension.

Dismissal from the program

Undergraduate students: An undergraduate student is subject to program dismissal if he or she

  1. receives less than a C- in two or more required courses in the same semester;
  2. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning who fails to successfully complete (with grades of C- or better) at least 12 credits in a semester, or a junior or senior who has not successfully completed the minimum number of credit hours to progress to the next semester;
  3. has less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA at the end of the sophomore year;
  4. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning for the preceding semester, or a junior or senior who has been on academic warning for any semester, and receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified period of time) in any required course;
  5. is a senior who receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified time) in any required course or clinical education prerequisite;
  6. fails, drops, or withdraws from any two required courses, including clinical education courses; or
  7. withdraws from a required course while on academic warning.

In an exceptional case, a student may be readmitted upon the satisfactory completion of conditions determined by the department faculty.

Graduate students: A graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy is subject to dismissal from the program if he or she

  1. receives more than 6 credits of C (C-, C, C+) during the graduate year;
  2. receives a grade of F for any course in the graduate year (excluding clinical education courses)
  3. remains on academic warning for any two consecutive academic blocks;
  4. fails, drops, withdraws, or receives a U from any two clinical education courses (graduate or undergraduate); or
  5. fails to successfully complete departmental remediation as prescribed by the faculty within the allotted time.

A student dismissed from the program is not eligible to remain in the physical therapy department but may be eligible to pursue other Ithaca College programs.

If academic performance deficiencies include failure to meet minimum standards of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance or the Division of Graduate Studies, suspension or dismissal from Ithaca College may result.

A more complete description of the special academic policies and procedures for students is available at the physical therapy department office.

Requirements for the Major in Clinical Science -- B.S.

Major department requirements

PTBS 30000

Preclinical Conference I

0

PTBS 30100

Preclinical Conference II

0

PTBS 31000

Human Anatomy

6

PTBS 31100

Massage and Surface Anatomy

1

PTBS 31200

Mobility Training

1

PTBS 31300

Clinical Physiology

3

PTBS 31400

Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation

3

PTBS 31500

Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Physical Agents

4

PTBS 32200

Professional Development I

1

PTBS 32300

Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting

1

PTBS 32500

Profession of Physical Therapy

0.5

PTBS 32600

Introduction to Health Care Systems

1

PTBS 39000

Biostatistics

3

PTBS 40100

Biomechanics

3

PTBS 40200

Therapeutic Exercise

3

PTBS 40300

Pathology for Physical Therapists

3

PTBS 41000

Clinical Education I

3

PTBS 43600

Professional Development II

0.5

PTBS 44100

Foundations of Clinical Administration I: Health Care Services

3

PTBS 44200

Clinical Administration II: Personnel Management

1

PTBS 45100

Neuroanatomy

3

PTBS 45200

Neurophysiology

3

PTBS 46200

Pharmacology

2

PTBS 46300

Normal Motor Development

3

PTBS 46400

Electrophysiological Examination and Evaluation

2

PTBS 46500

Soft Tissue and Peripheral Joint Examination and Mobilization

3

PTBS 46600

Spine Examination and Rehabilitation

3

PTBS 47100

Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

2

PTBS 49000

Clinical Education II

3

Total, within department

65

Required courses outside major department -- in the School of Humanities and Sciences

BIOL 11900-BIOL 12000

Fundamentals of Biology

8

BIOL 20600

Primary Human Anatomy

3

CHEM 11100-CHEM 11300

Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

4

CHEM 11200-CHEM 11400

Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab

4

PHYS 10100-PHYS 10200

Introduction to Physics I and II

8

Total, required courses outside major department

27

Electives outside of major department

General education requirements (see School of Humanities and Sciences)

Writing effectiveness

0-3

Self and society

 12

2B Mathematics and formal reasoning

  3

3A Language

  6

3B Visual and performing arts

  6

General education requirements must be completed by the end of the junior year. A maximum of 6 advanced placement credits may be applied toward appropriate courses to meet the general education requirement. Students must either achieve a score on the math placement exam placing them in group 1, 2, or 3 or, if placed in group 4, earn a grade of C- or better in MATH  10000 or MATH 18000. Students must include in their coursework at least 6 credits with a global designation and 6 credits with a historical designation. These credits may be fulfilled (in part) by courses taken to fulfill general education requirements, the liberal arts focus area below, or as unrestricted (open) electives. Students may obtain sample course sequences for meeting these requirements from the department office.

Liberal arts focus

Nine liberal arts credits at level 2 or above, with at least 3 credits at level 3 or above in a single discipline, or a minor, which must be completed by the end of the junior year. May include general education requirements.

Open electives

6-9

Total, electives

 45

Total, B.S. in clinical science

137

Students may obtain sample course sequences for meeting these requirements from the department office.

Housing and Transportation Arrangements for Clinical Education

During each full-time clinical education, students are responsible for making housing arrangements and arrangements for transportation to and from clinical facilities. Information on securing housing during clinical education placements is available from the Office of
Experiential Learning. For more information on student expenses for the final year, see the "Expenses" section.
Expenses

M.S. in Physical Therapy

The graduate year in physical therapy at Ithaca College is an extension of the B.S. degree program in clinical science. The final year of study, a 12-month period, takes place at the Rochester, New York, campus of Ithaca College, located at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The program maintains an affiliation with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Strong Memorial Hospital. For students who began their program under the 2005-2006 undergraduate catalog, the major department requirements for the M.S. in physical therapy are listed below.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered for graduation, all students must complete the following requirements:

  1. B.S. degree program in clinical science at Ithaca College;
  2. required courses listed below;
  3. either a group research project or an individual thesis. The thesis option is available only to students with a GPA of 3.30 or higher who pass a faculty review.
Major department requirements

PTMS 60100

Pathokinesiology

3

PTMS 60300

Cardiac Testing and Management

2

PTMS 60500

Pulmonary Testing and Management

2

PTMS 60600

Orthotics/Prosthetics

2

PTMS 61000

Clinical Education III

3

PTMS 61100

Clinical Education IV (3) and

PTMS 61200

Clinical Education V (3) or

PTMS 62100

Clinical Education VI (6)

6

PTMS 61300

Clinical Science: Orthopedics

3

PTMS 61400

Clinical Science: Medicine

2

PTMS 61500

Clinical Science: Neurology I

3

PTMS 61600

Clinical Science: Surgery

3

PTMS 61700

Clinical Science: Neurology II

4

PTMS 61800

Clinical Science: Pediatrics

3

PTMS 61900

Geriatrics in Physical Therapy

1

PTMS 62200

Pre-Clinical Conference III

0

PTMS 62400

Professional Development III

1

PTMS 62500

Wellness and Prevention

1

PTMS 62600

Professional Development IV

1

PTMS 60700-PTMS 60800

Research I-II or

PTMS 63000-PTMS 63100

Thesis I-II

4

Total, M.S. in physical therapy

44

Clinical Education

The Department of Physical Therapy has established contracts with over 1,000 clinical affiliation sites. It continues to explore new clinical sites to assure that students are offered the best clinical education. A current listing of sites is available in the Office of Experiential Learning. The directors of clinical education determine the sites to be used and the placement of the students for each of their clinical education courses. Assignments to clinical education sites are based on several factors, such as program requirements for a variety of experiences, faculty advisement, student performance, and student preference.