Our program is structured for entry as a first year student. This means that once you are accepted into the program you will remain with us for six years earning both a bachelors degree in clinical health studies as well as a doctorate in physical therapy (D.P.T.). Accepted students are guaranteed eligibility for the graduate portion of the D.P.T. curriculum, provided academic and essential clinical requirements are met. An additional application or GRE exam are not needed.
To be considered for admission, you must complete a minimum of three years of high school mathematics and one year each of biology and chemistry. In addition, one year of physics is strongly recommended. We also strongly recommend that you demonstrate some knowledge of the physical therapy profession, such as volunteer experience, shadowing, or employment.
Students entering as a first year student with appropriate AP, IB, and/or transfer credits may request to complete the D.P.T. program in as little as five years, provided the courses are accepted by the Office of the Registrar as Ithaca College-equivalent courses, and there is room in the cohort that they are requesting to join. Requests to accelerate are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Department Chair.
Please familiarize yourself with both the academic and essential clinical requirements of the program before applying. These documents will help you understand our expectations so that you can make an informed decision regarding the pursuit of this profession. Students must be able to meet these standards throughout the six-year program.