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.

Nineteen weeks of full-time clinical education are served in clinics located across the country. In addition, there are elective learning opportunities in biomechanics coursework and specialized clinical placements, 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 receives an Unsatisfactory (U), 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 due to academic status 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.

Graduate students on academic warning due to performance in a clinical education course may be allowed to progress in the curriculum only under conditions specified and approved by the faculty. Remediation for removal of the academic warning status may be achieved in one or more of the following ways, as recommended by the graduate faculty:

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

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. receives more than 6 credits of C (C-, C, C+) during the graduate years, or
  2. receives a grade of F for any course in the graduate years (including Independent Clinical Study) or,
  3. remains on academic warning for any two consecutive full time academic terms, or
  4. fails, drops, withdraws or receives a (U) from any two clinical education courses, or
  5. receives an unsatisfactory grade (U) in a clinical education course in the final year of the graduate program due to unsafe conduct, or
  6. fails to successfully complete departmental remediation as prescribed by the faculty within the allotted time.

    A student dismissed from the program is not eligible to remain in the Department of Physical Therapy but may be eligible to pursue other Ithaca College programs.

    If academic performance deficiencies include failure to meet minimum standards of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, or the Division of Graduate Studies, suspension or dismissal from Ithaca College may result.

Housing and Transportation Arrangements for Clinical Education Courses

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