Professional Doctoral Program
The Professional Doctoral Program is a full-time, three year professional (entry-level) preparation program in physical therapy. The first year begins in the summer, and the program of study includes a minimum of 121 graduate credit hours over three years (including summers). The curriculum includes classroom instruction and clinical work, which may include day, evening and weekend classes.
Graduates of this program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and are eligible to apply for licensure as physical therapists throughout the United States. All entering students except 3+3 students must hold a bachelor's degree. Early admission programs are available for high school seniors.
The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy Education is the education of students to become generalist physical therapist professionals who are reflective, competent, compassionate and autonomous, and who are prepared to meet the changing physical therapy needs of society.
Our 3 year (2010 – 2012) graduation rate is 90.77%; 3 year employment rate within 6 months of graduation is 100% and licensure ultimate pass rate for 2012-2014 is 99.4%. The first time pass rate for 2014 is 100% compared to a NYS average of 89.12% and US average of 90.4%. For more details, see http://www.upstate.edu/chp/programs/pt/ptmissionandgoals.php