Ithaca College's program in physical therapy is designed as a six year freshmen-entry level BS/DPT program which culminates in a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT). While freshman entry to the program is the norm, transfer opportunities may be available. Applications for transfer may be possible (internal transfer only), but opportunities may be limited, are very competitive, and based on available space. Transfer is typically very limited and the number of opportunities varies from year to year. 

The six year BS/DPT curriculum consists of three years of pre-professional coursework (freshmen-junior) and three full years of professional coursework (senior-grad year II). After the senior year, students graduate with a B.S. in Clinical Health Studies.  Please note: All students (including transfer students with undergraduate degrees) must successfully complete the IC undergraduate degree in Clinical Health Studies, we do not accept students directly into the graduate portion of the program. 

To be eligible for admission to the physical therapy doctoral program, undergraduate students must have completed the B.S. Degree in Clinical Health Studies (described in the Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog) with a GPA of 3.00 (3.2 effective AY 2021-22 for students matriculating with the freshman, year 1, cohort that enters in AY 2018-19) or higher, AND a GPA of 3.00 (3.2 effective AY 2021-22 for students matriculating with the freshman, year 1, cohort that enters in AY 2018-19) or higher for all Professional Year 1 PTBS 50000 level courses.

See the DPT curriculum item to the right for a link to a listing of required coursework and the breakdown for undergraduate and graduate professional coursework.

Transfer students may enter the physical therapy program at several points in the undergraduate program (but are encouraged to apply as early as feasible):

  • fall or spring semester of the freshmen, sophomore or junior year, or
  • summer session between the junior and senior years 

Information for Internal Transfer Students (currently enrolled Ithaca College Students) ... click here

DPT Curriculum

DPT Curriculum (click here for a listing of courses for the six-year BS/DPT program by semester and year)

External (non IC) Transfer suspended

 At this time, due to current enrollment numbers, consideration of external transfer ((individuals not currently enrolled at Ithaca College or individuals that were enrolled at Ithaca College considering readmission)) is suspended until further notice. Information about future opportunities will be posted when they become available.

Internal Transfer Status

Based on admissions and enrollment data, the PT Department will not be accepting applications for internal transfer from students in the 2016 Freshman cohort. We will however consider applications from current Sophomore and Junior students; decisions will depend on eligibility of students and availability of seats. Please follow the guidelines to work through the Academic Advising Center.