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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Description

"Expert clinicians preparing tomorrow's physical therapists"

The Touro College School of Health Sciences offers a three-year graduate-level program curriculum leading to the dual degrees, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and a Clinical Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy (DPT). The Touro College PT Program was established in 1984, and transitioned to a DPT program in 2004. The DPT program is offered at two campuses - the Long Island campus in Bay Shore, and the Manhattan campus in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. Both campuses offer full-time day programs: The Bay Shore program holds classes Monday through Friday, while the Manhattan program holds its classes Sunday through Thursday. The program begins in the fall of each year and is divided into six academic semesters, including four full-time clinical affiliations.

The DPT program offers an integrated curriculum designed specifically to prepare students to meet the demands of diverse practice settings in an evolving health care environment. Coursework increases in complexity throughout the three years in the areas of foundational science (anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology), clinical science (care of neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integument disorders), behavioral science (education, administration, and professional development), research, and clinical practice.

The curriculum combines academic and clinical coursework with an emphasis on critical inquiry, clinical problem solving, education, professionalism, and cultural competency. Research courses in the last two years of study culminate in the completion of formal academic research studies organized as group projects and mentored by faculty. Students may go on to present their research in local, state, and national forums. The clinical affiliations culminate in a clinical education project. Students also are required to participate in structured community and professional service as part of the curriculum. The DPT Program curriculum is designed to prepare the student to be a leader in any practice area of the physical therapy profession, including clinical practice, research, education, administration, and professional service.