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Division of Physical Therapy

NYMC offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree that can be completed over 3 years of full-time study, including summers. A D.P.T./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) dual degree option is available for students who take additional public health coursework while in the D.P.T. program, completing the remaining M.P.H. requirements in a fourth year of study. The D.P.T. program is designed to prepare competent and caring physical therapists to practice in a variety of settings, adapt to changes in the healthcare system, and be capable of critical thinking and autonomous practice.

The didactic coursework emphasizes a strong foundation in the basic sciences and the application of these sciences to evidence-based clinical practice. A major feature of the program is a problem-based learning format for clinical application courses. In this format, learning is promoted through small tutorial groups, lectures, and structured laboratory experiences that include working with patients. The problem-based learning approach provides an opportunity for students to fully participate in their learning, to integrate basic and clinical science with clinical skills, and to develop skills in the critical analysis of patient problems. In addition to didactic coursework, students have a total of 36 weeks of full-time clinical experiences in four different settings, developing and refining their clinical skills under the direct supervision of practicing physical therapists.

Another major feature of the program is the requirement for all students to complete a group doctoral project. Students select a project offered by faculty in an area of clinical research, teaching, or public health service. Close mentoring of students results in project outcomes and a manuscript that is acceptable for publication or presentation at a professional meeting.

Organized by D.P.T. students as a community service, the Race for Rehab 5K is a New York Medical College-sponsored event where proceeds benefit the International Achilles Track Club, whose members participate in the race, and whose mission includes encouraging persons of all abilities to participate in mainstream athletics. Click here to learn more about this event.

The program admits full-time students only. Classes begin in June each year.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York Medical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

D.P.T. Student Handbook

The DPT Student Handbook comprises policies and procedures that either replicate or further delineate the policies and procedures of the institution and school or provide policies and procedures not included in those of the institution and school. All students in the Division of Physical Therapy are subject to the policies/procedures set forth in this handbook. If the handbook is revised, students are subject to the updated handbook policies/procedures. If any information in this handbook is inconsistent with College policy, the policy of the College prevails. New York Medical College reserves the right to change policies and procedures at any time and without prior notice. Errors and omissions in published documents (written or electronic) may be corrected at any time. This handbook is provided for informational purposes only and is not a contract. Students are required to sign a document attesting to having received and read the Student Handbook.

Contact Us

Division of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences and Practice Building

Janet P. Dolot, D.P.T., Dr.P.H., PT, OCS
Chief, Division of Physical Therapy and associate professor

Sambit Mohapatra, Ph.D., M.S., PT
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and professor of physical therapy

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D.P.T. Calendar

The events are hosted by the students, faculty and/or staff of the Division of Physical Therapy or the NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice.