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2016 Graduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2016 Graduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Health care professionals promote optimal health and well­being. Physical therapists focus on fostering concepts of health, wellness and fitness, injury prevention and maximizing functional outcomes for patients/clients and their families. Physical therapists function in a variety of settings within the community: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric facilities, geriatric treatment centers, extended care facilities, industry, sports medicine, private offices, and school systems. Physical therapists encounter patients of all ages, from newborn to elderly. Physical therapists assume responsibility for the patients, clients, and families with whom they interact. These professionals respond to the diverse, dynamic, and complex needs of society and recognize the value of life­long learning and the application of new knowledge.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers two doctoral programs, each leading to the clinical doctorate in PT. Each program is distinct, offering education to meet the needs of the learners, whether on campus for entrance into the profession (entry level) or through a combined residency and online model for the practicing clinician who aspires to have the degree commensurate with the vision for the future of the profession.

Entry-Level Program

The entry-level program is registered by the New York State Education Department and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
(CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703­706­3245; email:; website: Graduates are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and licensure in all states.
This curriculum integrates traditional instruction with case analysis to guide, stimulate, and challenge student learning, while fostering development as professionals with sound reasoning skills. Small group discussion of clinically relevant case studies provides context for learning; clinical education experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.
The mission of the Utica College Physical Therapy Program is to educate students to become doctors of physical therapy who embrace the honor of their responsibility as professionals. Our faculty, students and graduates will demonstrate behaviors consistent with the mission of Utica College and the Core Values of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Graduates are prepared to enter the profession of physical therapy to:
  • Provide comprehensive physical therapy care to individuals across the lifespan and in a variety of practice settings;
  • Assume the multifaceted role of patient/client manager that includes advocate, educator, supervisor, and consultant;
  • Value and utilize precepts of lifelong learning; and
  • Demonstrate behaviors that exemplify integrity, leadership, professional collaboration, and social   awareness.

Student Learning Goals

Graduates from this program will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level competence in all domains of professional practice (cognitive, psychomotor and affective).

  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice.

  • Demonstrate service to society

Academic Requirements (112 Credit Hours)

Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy: Course Sequence

Summer 2: Neuroanatomy and Clinical Education I (10 credits)

Fall 3: Clinical Education (12 credits)

Spring 3: Clinical Education - Preparation for Transition to Licensed Professional (13 credits)