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Job growth for physical therapists is expected to increase by 18 percent from 2019-29, and the average annual salary for PTs is $89,440 and growing nationally.

Students earn their bachelor’s degree in natural science with a health specialization and their D.P.T. in just six years.


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The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at Daemen College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: website:

Program Benefits

  • Our program has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its beginning in 1974, with first-time pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) at or above both New York state and national averages.
  • Our prestigious doctor of physical therapy program prepares students for success on the licensure examination and in their career. 
  • Curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical work for an exceptional education.
  • Students have access to a variety of clinical experiences in the Buffalo area as well as nationally and internationally—at over 500 clinical sites.
  • With our unique 3+3 program, first-year students are guaranteed a seat in the professional program.
  • The professional program comprises both academic and clinical education, including a variety of clinical experiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Many graduates are accepted to high profile residency programs across the country.
  • Students present their capstone research project at our clinical research symposium attended by practicing physicals therapists.
  • Our program recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary, with close to 3,800 graduates.
  • All core full-time faculty members teach, practice, and conduct research in their area of specialty.

Our annual Clinical Research Symposium serves as a professional platform where third-year physical therapy students present their year-long clinical based capstone research projects.

Given the rigor and level of professional accomplishment by our students, licensed practicing physical therapists who attend this symposium can receive continuing education credit from New York State to maintain their professional license.

Many of our students further their scholarship by presenting at local, state, and national conferences as well as publish their work in professional journals.

Graphic saying the average salary for PT ($89,440) is growingCareer Outlook

Physical therapists have extensive opportunity to work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, rehabilitation centers, schools, athletic facilities, long-term care, assisted living, and more.

Schenck Hall Physical Therapy Lab

physical therapy classroom

Schenck Hall Physical Therapy Lab

physical therapy class equipment
physical therapy classroom
physical therapy class equipment

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