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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a full-time, 115 credit program designed to prepare students for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and for successful careers as Doctors of Physical Therapy. The program consists of 36 months of didactic and clinical work. Students will merge hands-on skills, ethical care, clinical judgment, and critical inquiry to promote optimal functioning of current and future clients throughout their lifespan. The clinical phase offers four 8 to 10 week full-time rotations.

Recent research from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for Physical Therapists shows that the nationwide median compensation is $84,020. The number of open jobs in the field for 2014 was 210,900 and the job growth outlook for 2014-2024 was expected to be 34% (much faster than average).

Philosophy

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 Distinctions

The Marist DPT Program will instill the importance of providing advocacy and service to the profession as well as to local and global communities. The Physical Therapy facility is self-contained with a high-tech classroom, Physical Therapy lab, and a suite of simulation labs including trauma, surgery, and traditional examination rooms. In addition, the facility has a full gross anatomy laboratory that will support the learning experience.

At the successful completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Utilizing critical thinking, current evidence, and clinical judgment to determine a diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Completing a patient examination comprised of a patient interview, complete medical history, review of systems and appropriate tests and measures.
  • Utilizing all aspects of the patient examination, the patient’s/family’s expectations and goals, and current evidence to develop appropriate interventions.
  • Becoming autonomous movement specialists prepared in all aspects of patient care for disorders of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems.
  • Practicing the highest standards of ethical and legal practice and ascribing to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Core Values and Code of Ethics.
  • Recognizing the benefits of providing physical therapy to the entire person, not solely the impairment, functional limitations, and disorders they present.
  • Valuing physical, cultural, ethnic, age, economic, and psychosocial differences and use a humanistic and holistic approach to the delivery of services to all patients/clients.

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