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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of the most frequently asked questions during the admissions process for Touro College's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Any question not addressed here can be posed to the Admissions Office, at (631) 665-1600 x 6311 or x 6312, or (866) TOURO-4-U ext. 6505.

1.What is a DPT?
A Doctor of Physical Therapy provides hands-on patient care to work towards the restoration of function in individuals with neurological, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary and integumentary disorders across the lifespan: from pediatrics to geriatrics. As an integral member of the health team, the Doctor of Physical Therapy is a skilled practitioner who plans, organizes and directs patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, community and public health centers and agencies, private practices, research centers, industry, and sports medicine centers. Physical therapy is a rewarding and challenging career for individuals interested in patient care.
2.Who should apply to the DPT Program?
Anyone may apply who is interested in health sciences, finds helping other individuals rewarding, and has met the program's specific admission requirements.
3. How do I apply to the DPT Program?
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS); applicants apply online using the PTCAS application. Applicants should visit www.ptcas.org to begin the application process.
4. Do you require standardized test scores, such as GRE and/or SAT?
Official GRE General Test scores are required. It is recommended that the competitive applicant have a Verbal Reasoning/Quantitative Reasoning score of at least V147/Q147 on the Revised GRE General Test or a V410/Q580 on the General Test taken prior to August 1, 2011.
5.Is there a minimum cumulative GPA required for admission?
For an applicant to be considered competitive, it is recommended that their cumulative GPA be at least a 3.0.
6.If my CUM GPA is below 3.0, or my GRE scores are below the recommended level, will my application still be considered?
Students who do not meet established grade point standards may still apply through PTCAS, then petition the Admissions Committee for consideration. The petition in the appropriate section of PTCAS application should be completed; it should clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The Admissions Committee may choose to admit such students based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process.
7.What is the application timetable?
The program admits students on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The final PTCAS application deadline is May 1.
8.Are interviews required?
No. Interviews are not required in the admission process.
9.How many students are accepted to the program each year?
The DPT program accepts approximately 70 students per year, 30 on the Manhattan campus and 40 on the Bay Shore campus.
10.What is the length of the DPT program?
The program is 3 full years in length and consists of 6 academic semesters and 38 weeks of full-time clinical internships within the 3-year timeframe.
11.Is the program accredited?
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
12.Does all the prerequisite coursework have to be completed before I can be admitted?
No. You may be admitted on a conditional basis, and be permitted to complete up to 2 courses during the summer prior to beginning the program. However, all required courses must be successfully completed and documented on official transcripts PRIOR to the first day of classes, or enrollment must be deferred to the following academic year.
13.Does the program accept transfer credits from a two-year school such as a community college?
Yes. We award credits for courses taken at two-year or four-year accredited institutions.
14.I already have a Bachelor's degree. Given that the DPT program is a dual degree program (BS/DPT), do I need to attend the program for all three years?
Regardless of your previous education or degrees, all enrolled students must attend the program for three years to receive a combined B.S. in Health Sciences and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
15.Is there a part-time option?
No. all students must attend the program on a full-time basis for three years to receive the dual degrees of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Doctorate in Physical Therapy and to be eligible to sit for the National Licensure Examination.
16.When are classes scheduled?
Classes at the Bay Shore campus are scheduled Mondays through Thursdays from approximately 9am to 5pm. Occasionally there are evening classes scheduled. Friday classes are typically scheduled from 9am to 12noon. However, there are many semesters without Friday classes. Classes at the Manhattan campus are scheduled Sundays through Thursdays from approximately 9am to 5pm. Occasionally there are evening classes scheduled. Not all semesters have classes on Sundays.
17.What are other similarities and differences between the Long Island and Manhattan campuses?
The campuses follow essentially the same curriculum. Besides the scheduling of courses, the most significant difference is in the Anatomy course. At the Long Island campus, the laboratory portion of the Anatomy course entails cadaver dissection; at the Manhattan campus, the course utilizes mainly computer-assisted instruction supplemented with a few demonstrations in the Bay Shore cadaver lab.
18.How long has the Physical Therapy program at Touro College been in existence?
The Touro College Physical Therapy Program was established in 1984, and has been graduating physical therapists for over 20 years. In 2004, the program transitioned to a DPT program.
19.How have graduates of the Physical Therapy Program performed on the National Licensure Examination?
Our passing rate exceeds the benchmark set by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
20.Are graduates of the Physical Therapy program finding employment?
The majority of our graduates find employment within the first three months of graduation.