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Physical Therapy

Katherine L. Beissner, Associate Professor and Chair

The mission of the physical therapy program at Ithaca College is to prepare graduates to be managers, consultants, teachers, and clinical researchers, in addition to the traditional role of care giver, in order to meet the challenges facing the profession of physical therapy in the rapidly changing health care system. To meet this need, the central theme of the physical therapy curriculum is to promote a sense of self-reliance for learning and an emphasis on professional behaviors on the part of the students and faculty. Throughout the liberal arts and professional components of the curriculum, students are required to develop strategies for independent learning and to solve clinical problems through reasoning, the use of scientific literature, and controlled observation. Faculty members promote this theme by creating learning environments that encourage creative thinking and reflection.

The physical therapy department offers a five year, dual degree program in clinical science/physical therapy. Students receive a B.S. degree in clinical science after four years of study and an M.S. degree in physical therapy after their fifth year of study. Students must complete the M.S. degree to be eligible for physical therapy licensure. The five year program is designed for freshman entry. If class space is available, transfer students may be accepted as indicated on page 223.

The first four years of the program are spent on the Ithaca campus. The final year is conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center in conjunction with Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Students spend the summer semester following the sophomore year on the Rochester campus in a 10-week concentrated study of human anatomy. Students gain practical experience through five full-time clinical affiliations - a total of 30 weeks - at sites throughout the United States. The program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association and is approved by the New York State Education Department.

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B.S. in Clinical Science
Note: This degree does not provide eligibility for licensure to practice physical therapy. It is awarded after four years of study in the five year combined B.S./M.S. program in clinical science/physical therapy.

Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Science and Physical Therapy Majors
Grade Requirements

Students in the clinical science major must receive at least a grade of C- in all required courses.

Students who do not have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 at the completion of the spring semester of their sophomore year will be dismissed from the program.

To be eligible for admission to the master of science program in physical therapy (fifth year), applicants must have completed the B.S. program in clinical science and have achieved at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Fifth year students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 through each academic block to avoid academic warning and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to graduate.

During the fifth year of the program any student receiving more than 6 credits of C (C+, C, or C-) or an F in a required course will be dismissed from the physical therapy program and may not reenter the program. At the masters degree level no grades of D are awarded; the lowest passing grade awarded is C-. Students must earn a satisfactory rating in all courses including Clinical Education III, IV, and V before the degree will be awarded and certification granted for licensing.

Curricular Requirements
Courses and credits must be satisfactorily completed in the allotted time and the sequence shown in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs unless permission to deviate from the sequence or time frame has been approved by the department faculty.

Candidates for an advanced degree in physical therapy are required to meet all requirements for graduation within three years of their matriculation date into the graduate program.

Academic Warning
Being placed on academic warning indicates that a student has a serious academic deficiency that, if not corrected, will result in suspension or dismissal from the clinical science/physical therapy program. Junior, senior, and graduate students on academic warning may not be allowed to progress to clinical education courses. Such 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 department faculty.

An undergraduate clinical science major will be placed on academic warning within the Department of Physical Therapy for the following semester if he or she:

  1. 1. receives less than a C- grade in, drops, or withdraws from any required course, or
  2. 2. does not complete the required and elective courses in the allotted time, or
  3. 3. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the allotted time, or
  4. 4. fails, drops, or withdraws from a clinical education course.

A graduate student in the physical therapy major will be placed on academic warning if he or she:

  1. 1. receives less than a 3.00 GPA in an academic block, or
  2. 2. withdraws from a required course, or
  3. 3. fails to remove an incomplete grade in the allotted time, or
  4. 4. fails, drops, or withdraws from a clinical education course.

If the student receives a grade of F in a clinical education course he or she will be issued an academic warning by the Division of Graduate Studies. The student must remediate this grade in one or more of the following ways as decided by the faculty:

  1. 1. repeat the affiliation and receive a grade of pass,
  2. 2. attend an equivalent affiliation and receive a grade of pass,
  3. 3. perform remedial work under the supervision of one or more faculty members.

Suspension from the Undergraduate Program
A student who is subject to dismissal from the program may, under extenuating circumstances, be granted a suspension from the program. Alternatively, if the student is subject to warning, but not dismissal, and the academic deficiency is more severe than normal in warning situations, the student may be suspended from the program. A student on program suspension may not enroll in courses offered within the major. Such a student may apply for a leave of absence in accordance with College policy. To be eligible for readmission, the student will have to fulfill certain conditions prescribed by the department at the time of suspension.

Dismissal from the Program

An undergraduate student is subject to dismissal from the program if he or she:

  1. 1. receives less than a C- in two or more required courses in the same semester, or
  2. 2. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning who fails to successfully complete (with grades of C- or better) at least 12 credit hours in a semester, or a junior or senior who has not successfully completed the minimum number of credit hours to progress to the next semester, or
  3. 3. has less than 2.70 cumulative GPA at the end of the sophomore year, or
  4. 4. is a freshman or sophomore on academic warning for the preceding semester, or a junior or senior who has been on academic warning for any semester, and receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified period of time) in any required course, or
  5. 5. is a senior who receives less than a C- (or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specific time) in any required course or clinical affiliation prerequisite.

In an exceptional case, a student may be readmitted upon the satisfactory completion of conditions determined by the department faculty.

A graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy is subject to dismissal from the program if he or she:

  1. 1. receives more than 6 credits of C (C-, C, C+) during the graduate year.
  2. 2. receives a grade of F for any course in the graduate year (excluding clinical education courses).
  3. 3. remains on academic warning for any two consecutive blocks of 12 or more credits each.
  4. 4. fails, drops, or withdraws from any two clinical education courses (graduate or undergraduate).
  5. 5. 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 physical therapy department 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.

A more complete description of this special policy is available at the department office.

Curriculum
Major department requirements Credits

670-10100

Introduction to Physical Therapy

1

670-30000

Preclinical Conference I

0.0

670-30100

Preclinical Conference II

0.0

670-31000

Human Anatomy

6

670-31100

Massage and Surface Anatomy

1

670-31200

Mobility Training

1

670-31300

Clinical Physiology

3

670-31400

Musculoskeletal Assessment

3

670-31500

Physical Agents for Physical Therapists

3.5

670-39000

Biostatistics

3

670-40100

Biomechanics

3

670-40200

Exercise, Muscle Physiology, and Plasticity

3

670-40300

Histology-Pathology

4

670-41000

Clinical Education I

2

670-41100

Clinical Conference I

0.5

670-44100

Clinical Administration I

3

670-44200

Clinical Administration II

2

670-45100

Neuroanatomy

3

670-45200

Neurophysiology

3

670-46200

Pharmacology

2

670-46300

Normal Motor Development

3

670-46400

Electrophysiological Assessment

2

670-46500

Soft Tissue and Peripheral Joint Examination and Mobilization

3

670-46600

Assessment and Treatment of the Spine

2

670-49000

Clinical Education II

3

 

Total, within department

60

Required courses outside major department

640-20500

Critical Health Issues

3

303-11900, 303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology

8

303-20600

Primary Human Anatomy

3

304-11100, 304-11300

Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

4

304-11200, 304-11400

Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab

4

314-10100

Introduction to Philosophy

3

314-23000

Medical Ethics

3

315-10100, 315-10200

Introduction to Physics I and II

8

330-10300

General Psychology or

 

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-10700

Academic Writing II

3

 

Total, required courses outside major department

42

Electives outside of major department

English (307-xxxxx)

3

Politics or history (310-xxxxx or 311-xxxxx)

3

Computer science (312-xxxxx)

3

Mathematics (313-xxxxx, excluding 313-25100)

3

Psychology (330-xxxxx, level 2 or higher)

3

Interpersonal communication (319-11500, 319-14000, 319-14900, or 640-35000)

3

Two courses from fine arts, modern languages and literatures, anthropology, religion, and/or sociology

6

Open electives

15

Total, electives

39

 

Total, B.S. in clinical science

141

Students may obtain sample course sequences for meeting these requirements from the department office. The following departmental courses may be taken as open electives.

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults

1

670-39900

Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

1-3

670-49900

Independent Study

3

670-59800

Honors Seminar in Physical Therapy

1

670-59900

Honors Project

3

Housing and Transportation Arrangements for Clinical Affiliations
During the full-time clinical affiliation, students are responsible for making housing arrangements and arrangements for transportation to and from clinical facilities. Information on securing housing during affiliation placements is available from the department offices on the respective campuses. For more information on student expenses for the final year, see p. 44 of this catalog.

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M.S. in Physical Therapy
The fifth year in physical therapy at Ithaca College is an extension of the B.S. degree program in clinical science. It is designed to provide breadth and depth for students' professional background, liberal arts education, and analytical skills. The final year of study, a 12-month period, takes place at the University of Rochester Medical Center in conjunction with Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. Full-time placements at clinical affiliations located throughout the country total 30 weeks and are integrated into the last three years of the program.

Graduation Requirements
To be considered for graduation, all students must complete the following requirements:

  1. 1. Bachelor of science degree program in clinical science at Ithaca College
  2. 2. Required courses listed below
  3. 3. Either a group research project, or an individual thesis. The thesis option is available only to students with a GPA of 3.30 or higher who pass a faculty review.

Major department requirements Credits

670-60000

Clinical Conference II

1

670-60100

Pathokinesiology/Applied Biomechanics

3

670-60200

Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

2

670-60400

Cardiopulmonary Testing and Management

4

670-60600

Orthotics/Prosthetics

2

670-61000

Clinical Education III

2

670-61100

Clinical Education IV

4

670-61200

Clinical Education V

4

670-61300

Clinical Science I - Orthopedics

3

670-61400

Clinical Science II - Medicine

2

670-61500

Clinical Science III - Neurology I

4

670-61600

Clinical Science IV - Surgery

3

670-61700

Clinical Science V - Neurology II

3

670-61800

Clinical Science VI - Pediatrics

3

670-61900

Geriatrics in Physical Therapy

1

670-62000

Professional Issues in Physical Therapy

1

670-60700-670-60800

Research I-II or

 

670-63000-670-63100

Thesis I-II

4

 

Total, M.S. in physical therapy

46

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