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Our program offers a five-year Natural Science- Health Science B.S./Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. program. As a student on the dual degree track, your seat in the Physician Assistant Program is reserved pending completion of all prerequisite coursework, core curriculum requirements, direct patient contact experiences, and meeting the Program's published academic standards. The program has achieved a 98% first attempt pass rate on the NCCPA Certification Exam. 

Program Highlights

Our physical therapy 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.

  • First-year students enrolled as a Physical Therapy major (B.S., NS/D.P.T.) are guaranteed admission to the professional phase of the program, provided they achieve academic standards and departmental requirements--promoting collaboration among students and immediate exposure to the team-based approach of physical therapy.
  • Students have access to a variety of clinical experiences—local, national and international—at over 500 clinical sites.
  • Students are trained by experts in the field. All core faculty teach, practice, and conduct research in their area of specialty, including orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, tissue mechanics, sports medicine, vestibular, and wound healing.
  • Students engage in faculty-mentored clinical-based research for over a year which culminates in a poster presentation at Academic Festival and a platform presentation at a Research Symposium.

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.

Program Details

In the first three years, students take Daemen’s core curriculum along with physical therapy related courses to prepare them for the professional phase of the program. For the last three years, students take the traditional hands-on professional phase courses. At the end of the fourth year, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science with a Health Science Specialization and a minor in Biology. Students will continue on for two additional years and earn their Doctor in Physical Therapy.

Students may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (B.S., NS/D.P.T.)  program as freshmen or transfers.

Career Options

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

Additional Information

Schenck Hall Physical Therapy Lab

Schenck Hall Physical Therapy Lab

Amy Hulin

Physical Therapy

Although times are stressful, especially this semester as a first year in the professional phase, I remind myself it will be worth it when I can help people every day and achieve my goal as becoming a physical therapist. Read More

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