Curriculum for the DPT
The doctor of physical therapy program at Ithaca College is designed for freshman entry and for completion of all requirements for a D.P.T. in six total years of study. Students entering as freshman with appropriate AP and Transfer credits may request to complete the DPT program in as little as five years.
The hallmark of the College's first doctoral program is excellence in intellectual growth coupled with intense and varied professional clinical experience.
There is no limitation on the number of AP or IB credits accepted for courses recognized as IC equivalents. See the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of courses (go to Current Catalog, Student Information, then Advanced Placement Policy).
For the B.S./D.P.T program, the first three years take place on the Ithaca campus and emphasize liberal arts to enhance intellectual flexibility and develop creative thinking skills. In addition to core coursework in the sciences, there is an expectation to explore other disciplines through a required minor (of the student's choice) and the fulfillment of general education requirements. Study abroad is encouraged during the first three years.
The professional phase of the program begins in the spring of the junior year with an introductory course in anatomy and a Clinical Physiology course. The first two and one-half years of the professional component, including two years of graduate professional level courses, is based primarily in Ithaca. The final graduate year is based in Rochester to take advantage of invaluable patient exposure in an urban environment.
The curriculum requires study during some summers: 10 weeks of coursework (primarily a Human Anatomy dissection course) in Rochester after the third year; 8 weeks of clinical education following the fourth year; and 12 weeks of clinical education preceding September graduation in the sixth year (third professional year).
All students accepted into the PT program are guaranteed eligibility for the DPT curriculum (i.e. no additional graduate application is needed provided academic requirements are met). Students will earn a B. S. Degree in Clinical Health Studies (this includes one year of graduate level courses) and then complete the D. P. T with two additional graduate years.
For specific courses and a timeline, see the the D.P.T. curriculum.