The mission of Ithaca's physical therapy department is to graduate physical therapists prepared for autonomous practice that renders compassionate, evidence-based, ethical, legal and culturally-competent care to maximize the function, health and wellness of their patients, clients, and society. Our program promotes American Physical Therapy Association Core Values and prepares graduates to become life-long learners, and reflective clinical educators, scholars, administrators, and consultants, responsive to the challenges in a rapidly changing health care environment.

We achieve this mission through a high quality program that is evidenced in part by the following:

  • Consistent outstanding performance of our graduates on the National Physical Therapy Licensing Exam (see sidebar at right)
  • The extensive teaching experience of the faculty; all full-time core faculty have doctoral degrees
  • The academic profile of our incoming students; PT majors typically rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class
  • Our students obtain a strong liberal arts background that fosters intellectual growth: the first three years focus on basic science and liberal arts courses and the opportunity to explore other disciplines through a minor
  • Intense and varied professional and clinical education experiences on and off campus

Clinical Doctorate

The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program is designed for freshman entry and completion of all undergraduate and graduate requirements for a DPT in six years of study. Accepted students are guaranteed eligibility for the graduate portion of the DPT curriculum, provided academic requirements have been met. An additional application or GRE exam are not needed.

Study Abroad and Extracurricular Activities

Throughout the undergraduate years in Ithaca, opportunities exist for students to fulfill minors or concentrations in other fields of study, as well as to study abroad. Our students are also very active in campus activities including intercollegiate and intramural athletics, theater and music performances, campus employment, a wide array of campus clubs and organizations, and off-campus volunteer and outreach activities.

Abundant Clinical Education Opportunities

We affiliate with over twelve hundred clinical sites throughout the country for four required courses that involve hands-on educational experiences in various patient care settings. Clinical activities on campus in Ithaca include "grand rounds" elective courses with faculty in the Ithaca campus OT/PT clinic, aquatics and electrodiagnostic electives, a performing arts injury screening clinic, and a "Center for Life Skills" course for interdisciplinary work with individuals having longstanding neurological conditions at Longview which is a residence for senior citizens adjacent to the IC campus.

Employers Love IC PT Grads!

Read more in ... Careers in Physical Therapy

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Human Anatomy Laboratory

LEARN MORE about Ithaca College's new Human Anatomy Laboratory, which offers students hands-on dissection experience and a unique understanding of the human body. 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 607-274-3342 or email at The Clinical Health Studies/Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Per the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), all programs are required to report student outcome data.  Please note: graduation and licensure exam rates are averaged over two years, and the employment rate is based on 12 months rather than 6 months. 

Employment Rate 100%
Graduation Rate 91.7%
Licensure Exam Rate 100%

Contact Us

407 Center for Health Sciences
Fax ~ 274-3074

Michael Buck, Department and Graduate Chair
Barbara Belyea, Associate Chair
Megan Hotchkiss, Director of Clinical Education
Kayleigh Plumeau, Associate Director of Clinical Education
Gina L. White, Administrative Assistant to the Chair
Kellie Mooney, Administrative Assistant
Robyn Schmitt, Administrative Assistant for Clinical Education

Physical Therapy Clinic -- 401 Center for Health Sciences ~ 274-3740
Christine McNamara, Director