Doctor of Physical Therapy

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Marist's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program!

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a full-time, 36 -month, 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).

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.

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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.