Physical Therapy

Major Adviser: Ernest Nalette, Chair of Graduate Studies,

The physical therapy department offers a five-year, dual-degree program in clinical science and physical therapy. Students receive a bachelor of science degree in clinical science after four years of study at the Ithaca campus, and a master of science degree in physical therapy after a year of graduate study at the Rochester campus. Students must complete the graduate year to be eligible for physical therapy licensure. The five-year program is designed for both freshman-entry and transfer applicants. The undergraduate component of the five-year program is described in the Ithaca College undergraduate catalog.

The graduate program builds on the undergraduate program’s depth and breadth in the liberal arts and basic sciences, independent study skills, and understanding of theory, communication, and critical thinking. The graduate program is approximately 12 months in duration and takes place at Ithaca College’s Rochester campus. Students participate in classroom and clinical experiential learning opportunities on campus and throughout the other diverse clinical and research facilities in the greater Rochester area.

Eighteen weeks of full-time clinical affiliation are served in clinics located across the country. In addition, there are elective learning opportunities in biomechanics coursework, specialized clinical affiliations, as well as in Ithaca College’s movement analysis laboratory. Interested students should contact the chair of graduate studies in physical therapy as special advanced planning is required to take advantage of these opportunities.

The department also offers a transitional doctorate for those individuals who hold an Ithaca College master’s degree in physical therapy. This is a full-time, 10-week, on-site program whose purpose is to augment the student’s education to make it equivalent to the standards set in the professional-level D.P.T.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the graduate program, applicants must have completed the Ithaca College B.S. degree program in clinical science and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.

Departmental Regulations

Academic Warning

In the event that a student finishes an academic block  with a GPA below 3.00, fails to remove a grade of incomplete (I) in the allotted time, withdraws from a required course, or fails, drops, or withdraws from a clinical education course, the student will be placed on academic warning by the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. 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 graduate faculty. Graduate students on academic warning may not be allowed to progress to clinical education courses. Warning will be removed when the student’s GPA for the following block is 3.00 or greater.

If a student receives a grade of U (unsatisfactory) in a clinical education course, he or she will be issued an academic warning by the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. The student must remediate this grade in one or more of the following ways, as recommended by the graduate faculty:

  1.  Attend an equivalent clinical education placement and receive a grade of S (satisfactory).
  2.  Perform remedial work under the supervision of one or more faculty members.
  3.  Satisfactorily complete the course Independent Clinical Study (PTMS 62900).

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

Academic Dismissal

A graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy can be subject to dismissal for any of the following reasons:

  1. Receiving a total of more than 6 credits of C (C-, C, C+) during the graduate year
  2. Receiving a grade of F for any course in the graduate year
  3. Remaining on academic warning for any two consecutive blocks
  4. Failing, dropping, withdrawing, or receiving an unsatisfactory (U) from any two clinical education courses
  5. Failing to complete departmental remediation as prescribed by the faculty within the allotted time

Housing and Transportation Arrangements for Clinical Affiliations

During the full-time clinical affiliation, students are responsible for making housing arrangements and transportation to and from clinical facilities.