Why should I come to Ithaca College for physical therapy?

Ithaca College has a long history of excellent physical therapy education provided in a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. Students receive excellent preparation in the professional aspects of physical therapy while benefiting from a wide array of opportunities found across campus.

The U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges for 2011 has ranked Ithaca College in the top 15 of "Best Master's Universities by Region" for the 17th year in a row. Furthermore, the publication ranked Ithaca College #11 in the listing of "Great Schools, Great Prices," based on the quality of education at a reasonable cost. 

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What degrees will I get?

Students entering as freshman since the fall of 2009 have been able to fulfill the requirements for a DPT (doctor of physical therapy) degree in six years of study. A bachelor of science degree, in clinical health studies, is awarded after four years, and the DPT can be earned with two additional graduate years. Students who transfer into the program can complete the required professional Physical Therapy courses in three years once they have completed the other requirements for the B. S. Degree 

For more details see the D.P.T. curriculum, and transfer opportunities.

Can I complete the DPT program in less than six years?

Yes. Students entering from high school with appropriate AP, IB, or other college transfer credits may be able to complete the DPT in as little as five years with freshman entry. There is no limitation on the number of AP or IB credits accepted for courses recognized as IC equivalents. Requests to accelerate are considered on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Department Chair.
See the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of courses.

Can I transfer into the physical therapy program?

Applications for transfer (internal) may be possible, but opportunities may be limited and are competitive and based on available space. Students interested in transferring into the program should refer to the transfer opportunities page.

Will I be eligible for financial aid in my fifth and sixth years?

Although the College's merit-based programs (such as the President's, Dean's, and ALANA Scholarships) are awarded for four years. Need-based aid programs can continue in the graduate fifth and sixth years of the DPT program.

How long has Ithaca College had a physical therapy program?

Ithaca College started a four year B. S. degree program in 1945, at a time when most other institutions in the profession were offering only a certificate. The DPT program was approved in 2004.

Is the program accredited?

The IC PT program has been accredited since 1946, initially by the New York State Education Department and later by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, retroactive to 1959. The most recent accreditation review was successfully conducted in 2005-06.

What is the pass rate for IC graduates on the professional licensing exam?

Ithaca boasts one of the highest percentage of passing rates on the physical therapy licensing exam in the country. In recent years, well over 90 percent of our graduates have passed the exam on the first attempt! This is well above the state and national pass rates for other schools in the 75-88% range.

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How do I become licensed to practice physical therapy?

In order to be licensed to practice physical therapy, you must take a licensing exam. The laws governing practice vary from state to state. During your final graduate year, the Department of Physical Therapy will send you announcements and other materials to ensure your prompt application to take the licensing exam. You should take the exam in the state in which you plan to practice. Each state offers the exam at different times, although many states now offer the exam on computer, which allows the applicant to take it at a variety of locations and on virtually any day. Once you successfully complete the exam, you will be a licensed physical therapist (PT). More information can be obtained from the licensing board in your state.

What employment opportunities are there in physical therapy?

There are many diverse opportunities for a physical therapist to practice. Ithaca College graduates are held in high regard by employers throughout the country. For a comprehensive look at employment opportunities, check out the PT Employment page, and the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org) web site.