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New York Medical College, D.P.T. in Physical Therapy

Manhattanville College: B.A.
New York Medical College: D.P.T. in Physical Therapy

This is an early acceptance program.  Manhattanville College and New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice (NYMC-SHSP) work jointly to facilitate enrollment in the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the School of Health Sciences and Practice.

Students may pursue any major/minor at Manhattanville.  New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice recommends the usual four years of undergraduate work so as to enable students to manage the rigorous graduate program.  After the successful completion of the three years of graduate study at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, the student receives a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  At this point, the student is eligible to take the physical therapy licensure exam.

The early acceptance program requires that interested students follow the guidelines specified below in order to assure proper counseling, essential communication and timely processing of the application.

Guidelines for prospective DPT students:

1. A student who wishes to be considered for early acceptance into the DPT program must contact and work with the Pre-Health Advisor (Dr. Darlene Gandolfi) as early as possible; the student should not work independently with the Physical Therapy Department or the NYMC-SHSP Admissions Office.   The student must complete the "Statement of Intent to Pursue a Partnership Program" form with the Pre-Health Advisor.

2. The Pre-Health Advisor will notify the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department in the SHSP of the student’s interest, and the student will be counseled by both during successive years at Manhattanville to ensure that all admission requirements are completed. 

3. In the junior year, once spring grades are posted and the application is available (usually June/July), the student may apply to the program, but only through the Pre-Health Advisor.

4. The Pre-Health Advisor will formally recommend to the SHSP admissions committee that the student be considered for early acceptance and will submit the student's application, provided that all SHSP admissions requirements have been met.

5. The student will then be invited for a tour of the Physical Therapy Department and for a formal interview at the NYMC-SHSP.

6. Contingent upon a favorable decision from the NYMC-SHSP Admissions Committee, the student will be given a provisional early acceptance.  Final admission and enrollment into the DPT program is contingent upon the student's completion of all remaining undergraduate course work at a level comparable to his or her earlier course work, and the submission of a final transcript indicating degree completion and date.

Requirements for admission to New York Medical College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program:
1. GPA:  minimum of 3.3; no grades below C.

2. Major:  students may pursue any major/minor but must complete the required courses listed below.  Students should keep in mind that, as an applied science, physical therapy requires an aptitude in the foundational sciences.

3. Coursework:  an academic record that includes a balance of course work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including competency in English composition.
* General Biology (one course with lab)
* Physics I and Physics II (each with lab)
* Principles of Chemistry I and Principles of Chemistry II (each with lab) 
* (Organic Chemistry is recommended, but not required)
* Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II (each with lab) OR one course in anatomy with lab and one course in Physiology with lab
* Psychology (two courses required: one introductory course and one advanced level course recommended, but two advanced level courses accepted)
* Mathematics (one course)
* Statistics (one course)


ALL science prerequisites involving labs must be campus-based courses; on-line courses are not accepted.

4. Physical Therapy Experience:  Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer experience in two or more physical therapy clinics that serve different types of patients.

5. Three letters of recommendation:  one from a college professor who can attest to the applicant's academic competency for graduate study in physical therapy, one from a physical therapist who has observed the applicant in a clinical setting, and one from the Pre-Health Advisor.

6. For international students: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 637 (PBT) – a minimum of 5 on the written section, 270 (CBT) – a minimum of 5 on the written section, or 110 (IBT) -no score less than 24 in any of the four categories; also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of Band 7.  Note: The ECFMG ENGLISH TEST scores may not be substituted.

7. Professional readiness: in addition to the evidence listed above in items #4 and #5, the student must be able to: 
* clearly express his/her reasons for wanting to become a physical therapist, and explain how his/her decision is based on a sound appraisal of his/her own personal characteristics.  
* provide evidence of leadership, a strong work ethic, and a caring personality. These are demonstrated through the written personal statement, letters of recommendation, and the interview.  The student must provide evidence of the attributes of maturity, responsibility, and service to others through life experiences and achievements

Note: The Graduate Record Examination is waived for students pursuing the early acceptance program.

Click here for further details about the program at NYMC.


Also see information about Manhattanville's Pre-Health Program.