The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program offers the first professional degree and prepares students to sit for the licensure examination and enter the profession of physical therapy as a new graduate. Daemen’s physical therapy licensure exam pass rate meets or exceeds state and national averages.

Students already possessing a baccalaureate degree may apply to the direct entry Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

Professional Program

The professional program is comprised of both academic and clinical education including a variety of clinical experiences locally, nationally, and internationally. The PT curriculum offers courses that are threaded together to provide a rich education in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting in each of their professional phase semesters.

Practical Experience

Daemen Physical Therapy students complete four, 9-week internships in physical therapy settings across the country and across practice areas such as pediatric rehab, adult neuro rehab, cardiopulmonary rehab, orthopaedic rehab, and integumentary care. In addition, each student conducts clinical-based research as a capstone project to complete their Doctor of Physical Therapy under the advisement of a faculty member.

Career Opportunities

Career options are extensive for physical therapists in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, rehabilitation centers, schools, athletic facilities, and more.

Admission Requirements

Students with an earned baccalaureate degree (BS/BA) in a related field with minimum overall and science GPAs of 2.8 may apply to enter directly into the professional phase of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. You may apply online through PTCAS. The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), a component of APTA, approved a set of admission traffic rules for PT education programs and applicants. The rules are effective beginning in the 2016-2017 admissions cycle and available to the public on the ACAPT website.

Direct-entry students will be accepted to the professional phase of the program based on their educational background, academic excellence, completion of all other requirements/recommendations, and space availability.

Degree and credit analysis for direct-entry students is completed by the Graduate Admissions Office and Physical Therapy Department Chair.

Direct-entry students must have successfully completed (C or better) all coursework listed below, earning minimum overall and science GPAs of 2.8 to be eligible for consideration for entry into the professional phase of the program.

  • 8 credits Biology (with lab)
  • 8 credits Chemistry (with lab)
  • 3 credits Bio-organic Chemistry lecture (Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry may be substituted)
  • 8 credits Physics (with lab)
  • 4 credits Anatomy (with lab)
  • 4 credits Physiology (with lab)
  • 3 credits Pre-Calculus (minimum requirement)
  • 3 credits Psychology
  • CMP 315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals * +
  • PT 101 and PT 201 Freshman and Sophomore Seminars in Physical Therapy *
  • PT 312 Principles of Teaching and Learning *

 * may be satisfied through demonstrated proficiency, CLLE or other documentation of previous equivalent coursework.

 + 200 level or higher English Composition including medical terminology and documentation formats.

For more information about the Physical Therapy program, contact Greg Ford PT DPT PhD OCS, Chair of the Physical Therapy Department, at gford@daemen.edu or call 716-839-8345.


Daemen College Wound Care Clinic

The clinic is dedicated to providing the highest level of Physical Therapy intervention specific to wound care. Our clinicians are Doctors of Physical Therapy and most have obtained advanced wound care education earning them the designation of Certified Wound Care Specialists.

Student Physical Therapy Association

The Daemen College Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) is a group of professional phase physical therapy students that together participate and operate many activities held on campus and throughout the community.

Students Without Borders

SWOB utilizes every available resource to better the lives of those around us, from the Buffalo area to our annual medical mission trip to the DR.