Program Directory

Program Profile

New York Medical College

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2013-14

Pamela Suett
Director of Recruitment
Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY  10595
(914) 594-4759
(914) 594-4510
Pamela_Suett@nymc.edu
http://www.nymc.edu/pt

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline2/3/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes
Important dates

International Applications and all Application Materials MUST be received by February 3, 2014.
 

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsAccepted applicants must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit and evidence of the immunizations required by New York Medical College, at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the first year tuition. See Health Services History and Physical.

http://www.nymc.edu/Academics/SchoolOfHealthSciencesAndPractice/Assets/SHSP_PT_Healthletter.pdf

A certificate in CPR is required. It is recommended that applicants complete the “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers" offered by the American Heart Association (AHA) to fulfill their CPR application requirement. Matriculated students must complete this CPR course prior to participation in clinical education experiences in the second and third years of study. Other CPR courses that include adult, child, infant, and AED components are allowed for application requirements only.
Supplemental requirement 1Proof of immunizations specified by New York Medical College is requird at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission.
Supplemental requirement 2A certificate in CPR with adult, child, infant, and AED componentsis required prior to matriculation.
Deadline for supplemental materials6/2/2014
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttp://www.nymc.edu/shsp/Catalog/index.html

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   Why do you want to attend a physical therapy program with a strong problem based curriculum design? Give examples from your life of how you have demonstrated the independent thinking, problem solving abilities, group interaction skills, and self discipline necessary to succeed in a problem based curriculum.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationAll prerequisite courses, in which a laboratory component is required, must be taken as a hands-on, in-class course.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.nymc.edu/pt
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
Applicants must complete EITHER: ONE course in Anatomy with lab AND ONE course in Physiology with lab,

OR

TWO courses in a combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequence with labs. It is NOT acceptable for applicants to take ONE course in Anatomy or Physiology and ONE course of a combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequence.
 
Biology IIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Introductory or Upper Division level courses with a lab component are acceptable.  
Chemistry IIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
TWO courses in Inorganic Chemistry and/or Organic Chemistry is acceptable. Organic Chemistry is strongly recommended but not required.
 
Chemistry IIIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
See Chemistry I  
MathGeneral or CollegeVariesNot Req.SH: 3Mathematics: Algebra
Mathematics: Calculus
Mathematics: Geometry
Mathematics: Trigonometry
 
Physics IIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Physics I
Calculus-based Physics courses are STRONGLY recommended but not required.
 
Physics IIIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Physics II
See Physics I
 
PhysiologyIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Comparative
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Physiology
A&P: Vertebrate
Applicants must complete EITHER: ONE course in Anatomy with lab and ONE course in Physiology with lab, OR TWO courses in a combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequence with labs. It is NOT acceptable for applicants to take ONE course in Anatomy or Physiology and ONE course from a combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequence.  
PsychologyIntroVariesNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Psychology: Physiological
Applicants must take TWO Psychology courses. ONE course in General Psychology is recommended but not required.

1 of 2 psychology courses required.  
PsychologyIntroVariesNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Applicants must take TWO Psychology courses. ONE course in General Psychology is recommended but not required.

2 of 2 psychology courses required.  
StatisticsIntroVariesNot Req.SH: 3Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7602
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle1/16/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle12/31/2010
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score148  151  
Verbal reasoning % score40%  51%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score148  153  
Quantitative reasoning % score44%  65%  
Analytical writing scaled score4.0  4.0  
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsFor GRE exams taken before the 2011 change in GRE scoring: Verbal GRE scores should be 400 or higher; Quantitative GRE scores should be 580 or higher; Analytical GRE scores should be 4.0 or higher.
Both scoring versions of the GRE are acceptable.

REFERENCES

Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
ProfessorX   
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X 
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X 
Clergy   X 
Other   X

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED50
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED100+
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours5/31/2014
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementA MINIMUM of 50 total hours of PT observation under the supervision of a physical therapist in a clinical site is required. However, competitive applicants typically accumulate more than 100 hours of observation across 2 or more clinical sites.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.40 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.44 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsThe program uses a combination of GPA, GRE scores, and academic letters of recommendation to determine an applicant's academic competence. Note that although an applicant with a Minimum GPA of 3.00 will be considered for admission, the average GPA of students accepted is typically 3.30-3.40.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to institution
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkCopy and paste the link below into your browser to view NYMC information for international applicants:

http://www.nymc.edu/Academics/SchoolOfHealthSciencesAndPractice/Programs/DoctorOfPhysicalTherapyDPT/assets/DPT_INTERNATIONAL_APPLICANTS.pdf

All foreign student applications and all Application Materials MUST be received by February 3, 2014

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class6/2/2014
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeA Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree (DPT/MPH) is offered.
Size of most recent entering class36
Anticipated size of next entering class39
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted61%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted39%
Additional information about the class profileThe Program seeks and is pleased to have a student body composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds in undergraduate academics and life experiences. The completion of program prerequisites assures that applicants have sufficient undergraduate course work in the sciences to prepare for graduate study. A range of course work that includes the Humanities is strongly encouraged and preferred.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The major features that distinguish the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice are:

* A program dedicated to small class sizes (30-35 students)

* Beautiful, suburban campus close to New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut

* A well-structured problem-based learning format for students to learn how to apply foundational sciences to clinical practice IN ADDITION TO traditional classroom and laboratory education

* Collaborative teaching and research activities among the many schools and programs of the College

* Classes taught by faculty from the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, the
School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

* Service-based learning activities, community service projects, and a group doctoral project that focuses on public health activities, clinical research, or a teaching practicum

* A Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Public Health dual degree option

* Four full-time clinical affiliations totaling more than 9 months of clinical education

* Graduates of the program achieve first-time passing rates on the National Licensure Examination that typically exceed both State and National averages

New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is a major health sciences university with three schools: the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health. In addition to the 6 core faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy, over 30 scientists, physicians, therapists, and health care professionals serve as part-time instructors or clinical faculty. Basic science courses are taught by PhD faculty from the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and the School of Medicine. Courses in research, health policy, and elective subjects are taught by faculty from the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health. Clinical skills laboratories, tutorial sessions in the problem-based courses, and lectures in specialized areas are given by master clinicians from a wide variety of physical therapy clinics. New York Medical College has ties to a number of local clinic facilities including Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Helen Hayes Hospital, the Bronx VA Hospital, and Westchester Medical Center.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program involves 9 semesters of full-time education over 3 years of study. In the first two semesters, students work on establishing a strong foundation in basic and medical sciences and basic assessment procedures taking courses in a conventional lecture/laboratory format. In the spring of the first year, students begin studying physical therapy evaluation and treatment in a well-structured problem-based learning (PBL) format. Problem-based learning at New York Medical College occurs through three integrated processes. First, small group tutorial sessions that meet twice a week; second, three-hour laboratory sessions that meet four times a week; third, specialized lectures presented each week. Tutorial groups work through clinical problems that include objectives in basic and clinical sciences, psychosocial aspects of care, professionalism, scientific inquiry, and evidence-based practice. Clinical problems are selected and developed to provide students exposure to common clinical conditions and physical therapy interventions. Faculty tutors assist the students in identifying pertinent objectives and learning outcomes.

All students are required to complete a group doctoral project. Students may choose to work with a faculty person in a line of clinical research, complete a teaching practicum, or carry out a public health service-based project. In the spring of the first year, students choose from a wide variety of faculty-sponsored research and public health projects, or select a teaching practicum offered in one of several program courses. Over the second and third years, students work with faculty advisors to develop, expand, and carry out unique aspects of the faculty sponsored project as their own. All students must complete a publication-ready manuscript by the end of the spring semester of the third year that demonstrates an in-depth analysis and execution of their doctoral project. In the past seven years, numerous doctoral projects have been presented at national conferences or submitted for publication.

Clinical education at New York Medical College enables students to integrate academic knowledge and clinical skills. Students participate in four full-time work experiences embedded within their three years of study. The first two experiences are 8 weeks long and the last two are 10-12 weeks each. The first occurs in the summer after the first academic year; the second in the spring of the second year, and the third and fourth in the fall and spring of the final year of study. Thus, over 9 months of clinical education takes place. A wide variety of clinical affiliations are available. While many of these are in the tri-state area, clinical affiliations are available across the entire United States. The clinical sites include acute-care hospitals, out-patient clinics, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, military bases, schools, and other types of health care institutions and facilities. There are also specialty affiliations at burn centers, dance injury practices, and at an Indian reservation.

Students may choose to complete a DPT, MPH dual degree process if they show an interest in Public Health and an appropriate level of academic competence over the first year of DPT study. Coursework in the MPH (Master of Public Health) degree begins in the second year of DPT study through campus-based or online study. Students complete the DPT degree at the end of the third year with the rest of their class, and then complete the remaining MPH degree requirements through on-campus or distance based coursework over a fourth year of study.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association until 2017.
Last Updated: 07/11/2013