Rochester Center

Undergraduate Summer Session Info

On June 19, Ithaca College president Tom Rochon announced the physical therapy program will be united on the Ithaca College campus effective Fall 2014. For more information on the announcement, please read the full press release.

General Information:

Dates of Session: May 27-August 6, 2014
Finals: TBD

Orientation: May 27, 2014
Holiday: July 4, 2014


1100 South Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14620-2539


(585) 340-9613


PTBS-51002 Human Anatomy
PTBS-52001 Fund. Pt/Client Care

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid:

See the sidebar for a link to a summary of PT program charges. Additional information will be distributed this spring.

Textbooks: Students will receive information concerning ordering textbooks for the summer session. For additional information, contact manager of textbook operations at (607) 274-3961.

Additional costs may include fees for parking, University of Rochester ID, and health physicals. For further information, contact the Rochester Center at (585) 340-9613.

Use the Financial Aid and Scholarship menu option for information and links to the Office of Student Financial Services.

Orientation Meeting:

An orientation meeting will be scheduled this spring to discuss the 2013 summer session in Rochester.  If you have questions regarding the summer session, contact Dr. Ernie Nalette, Director of the Rochester Center at (585) 340-9614.


Human Anatomy (PTBS-51002)

To become successful physical therapists, students must have an extensive understanding of how the human body moves and functions. To gain this understanding, Human Anatomy is generally one of the first courses taken in the professional phase of the program and is often referred to as the foundation of the profession.

The course (PTBS-51002), taught by faculty from the Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy, is a six-credit course taken during the summer prior to the senior year. Lectures are presented at Rochester Center in the Colgate Crozier Divinty School's Lecture Hall, and the cadaver dissection is done nearby at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

This required course provides the unique learning experience of human cadaver dissection and hands-on experience to study anatomical relationships, assess gross structure, and begin to appreciate the range of normal variation and pathological changes in different types of human tissue. This opportunity also helps the student develop a certain reverence for the human body and lays the foundation for their future responsibilities in working with people with various diseases and disabilities.

For most students the experience of dissection becomes a very personal experience. Because of this, at the end of the course, the students have developed a tradition of holding a memorial service for those individuals who donated their bodies to science in order for someone to have the opportunity to study human anatomy. The service varies from year to year, but the basic central theme remains the same: "Thank you for this rare and unique experience so that I may become a well-trained and competent therapist."

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