About the Marist DPT programThe 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.

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.

The 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.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) 
New York Physical Therapy Association. (NYPTA) 
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)


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: accreditation@apta.org). 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.