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New York Medical College

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2014-15

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 deadline02/02/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes
Important dates

Interviews for qualified applicants begin in October and continue through March. Decisions are made on a rolling basis therefore, it is important to have all required admissions material submitted as soon as possible.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to have the greatest opportunity to be considered for admissions.

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 requirementsSee Health Services History and Physical information at:

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 1Offical transcript showing receipt of undergraduate degree and date granted no later than August 2015
Supplemental requirement 2Proof of immunizations and health physical is required prior to attending.
Supplemental requirement 3A certificate in CPR with adult, child, infant, and AED components is required prior to attending.
Deadline for supplemental materials5/1/2015
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 and Upper Division level courses are accepted; for either, a lab component are acceptable.  
Chemistry IIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Chemistry I
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
TWO courses in Inorganic Chemistry and/or Organic Chemistry is acceptable. Organic Chemistry is strongly recommended but not required. For either option, laboratories are required.
 
Chemistry IIIntroVariesReq.SH: 3-4Chemistry II
Chemistry: 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. In either option laboratories are 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.

 
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 cycle2/2/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle2/2/2011
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score149  151  
Verbal reasoning % score40%  49%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score150  153  
Quantitative reasoning % score44%  53%  
Analytical writing scaled score4.0  4.0  
Analytical writing % score54%  54%  
 

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 hours5/1/2015
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 3.33 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.25 
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 3.20-3.40.

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 PTCAS
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkNon-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores, unless applicant has received a 4-year undergraduate degree from an American University. Copy 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

Foreign student applicants must submit all required admissions documents prior to February 2, 2015

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class6/1/2015
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeA Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree program (DPT/MPH) is offered.
Size of most recent entering class36
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted47%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted53%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
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

Many features distinguish the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, including:

* Dedication to intimate class sizes, allowing for interaction and accessibility (36-40 students)

* Well-appointed campus in close proximity to New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut

* Problem-based learning for students to experience how to apply foundational sciences to clinical practice in addition to intensive classroom and laboratory education

* Collaborative teaching and multi-disciplinary research activities across NYMC’s School of Health Sciences and Practice, School of Medicine, and Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

* Service-based learning opportunities, community service projects, and a team 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 nine months of clinical education

* First-time passing rates on the National Licensure Examination that typically exceed both State and National averages

New York Medical College is a renowned health sciences university, boasting a forward-thinking curriculum and critical scholarly research in medicine, medical science, public health and health professions. Our faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy is comprised of more than 45 faculty including a notable mix of academic instructors and current practitioners, who are scientists, physicians, therapists, and health care professionals serving as full-time and part-time instructors or clinical faculty. We align our course instruction to the strength of our faculty, tailored to the educational needs of our students.

New York Medical College has strong 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 nine semesters of full-time education over three years of study. The instructional content of the program includes basic and medical science courses, Problem Based Learning modules (PBL), a community service project, a doctoral project, and clinical education:

Problem based learning (PBL) is a unique educational approach. The goal is to enhance and sharpen the skills you will use as a physical therapist to diagnosis and treat patients across a variety of populations and health issues. Our innovative PBL model delivers educational content through small group tutorials, laboratory sessions, and specialized lectures. Exposure to common clinical conditions and physical therapy interventions are selected and developed to provide students maximum exposure to the clinical setting, and the critical-thinking skills to identify pertinent objectives and learning outcomes.

A Doctoral Project is required of all students, with a number of options in clinical research, a teaching practicum, or a public health service-based project. Students choose their project from faculty offerings during year one and work closely in small groups of students with a faculty mentor to develop, expand and conduct the project during the second and third year. Students finish with a publication-ready manuscript that demonstrates an in-depth analysis and execution of their doctoral project. Each year numerous doctoral projects have been presented at national conferences or submitted for publication.

Clinical Education enables students to integrate academic knowledge and clinical skills. Students participate in four full-time work experiences ranging in length from 8- to 12-weeks in length. Clinical experiences occur during the summer for year one, the spring in year two and fall and spring for the final year. We take great pride in providing a wide variety of clinical affiliations throughout the tri-state area and across the entire United States, which vary in setting from acute-care hospitals, outpatient 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.

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.

New York Medical College is a member of the Touro University System.
Last Updated: 03/21/2014