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.
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.
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 options are extensive for physical therapists in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, rehabilitation centers, schools, athletic facilities, and more.
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 Introduction to 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 *
^ This course is required to be taken in the summer, offered at Daemen College, preceding the fall semester start of the professional program for accepted direct-entry students and a minimum grade of 'C' is required. This course may be waived if proficiency of writing is demonstrated. Upon acceptance to the professional program, writing sample(s) may be submitted to the course instructor for review and in consideration for being waived from the course.
* These courses are required to be taken in the summer, offered at Daemen College, preceding the fall semester start of the professional program for accepted direct-entry students and a minimum grade of 'C' is required. These courses are waived for Physical Therapy Assistants (An earned PTA degree).
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. Learn More