Marist College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Marist College DPT Mission

Mission Statement

The Marist College DPT Program is committed to creating the next generation of physical therapists by offering the highest standard of excellence in physical therapy education. Graduates will be prepared to merge hands-on skills, ethical care, clinical judgment and critical inquiry to promote optimal functioning of current and future clients throughout their lifespan. The DPT program will instill the importance of providing advocacy and service to the profession as well as to local and global communities. 


Achievement of the DPT Program Mission is accomplished by educating students who will become autonomous movement specialists prepared in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of impairments, functional limitations, and disorders of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems. Graduates will integrate critical thinking with ethical and professional judgment in all aspects of practice, teaching, research, collaboration, and consultation. They will be service-oriented professionals dedicated to achieving optimal participation of their patients/clients by using health promotion, evidence-based and innovative strategies.

Program Goals

1. Admit, retain and graduate a diverse class of students who demonstrate the academic and professional aptitude required to successfully complete the DPT Program
2. Maintain a curriculum plan that will ensure that students receive an education that provides entry-level proficiency, complies with the college and program Mission Statements, values and philosophy, and adheres to the standards established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
3. Instill the value of necessity of lifelong learning.
4. Promote and support scholarly activities and professional development for academic and clinical faculty.
5. Provide the academic support, services, physical therapy equipment and facilities required for optimal student education.
6. Engage in comprehensive assessment and strategic planning with the goal of continued improvement of all aspects of the Program.

Accreditation Status
Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Graduation from a PT education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Pending receipt of accreditation status, students will be eligible to take the licensure examination in January 2021.