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D.P.T. Program

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Nazareth graduates of physical therapy have a 100% placement in their profession.

To be a quality physical therapist today means more than being a clinician with excellent hands-on skills.  It means being an effective communicator, a reflective, analytical professional, and a compassionate and engaged caregiver. Nazareth’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program stresses all of these important values, giving you the knowledge and skills to treat the whole client   in a manner that will make a difference. 

The D.P.T. degree in Physical Therapy builds on a foundation of pre-requisites with contemporary, relevant professional education in physical therapy. In this professional three-year program, you’ll combine classroom studies with hands-on clinical experiences that will allow you to practice your skills under the supervision of dedicated faculty and community-based physical therapists.

Many courses contain an embedded clinical component, allowing you to immediately apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in the classroom. This approach enables you to immediately implement recently learned skills and behaviors to advance the health and daily function of many members of the community.

To further apply skills in a variety of settings and geographical regions, full time clinical education placements are made at any of more than 200 sites having official agreements with Nazareth College.

Program Highlights

  • An exclusive learning opportunity – This program is the only one of its kind in Rochester; attractive to students from all over the country
  • Personal attention – Faculty and students work closely together in the classroom, tutored groups, laboratory settings, clinic, and research.
  • Excellent student outcomes --- a high graduate rate; a 98% licensure exam pass rate and 100% job placement attest to the success of Naz DPT graduates.
  • Hands-on learning -- Physical therapy clinics and wellness programs serve over 100 clients in the community, offering meaningful community service and authentic learning experiences for students.
  • Interprofessional Education – With professional students in other disciplines, DPT students teach clients home transition skills, promote health and wellness, and use recreational approaches to assist children with disabilities to practice developmental skills.
  • Real-world experience -- Graduate assistantships are available for more in-depth experiences in research, teaching, and health promotion.
  • The Nazareth College Physical Therapy (PT) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduates are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and licensure in all states.
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