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physical therapy degree program, physical therapy major, physical therapist, DPT, health care, Nazareth College Rochester NY

Curriculum Philosophy

Our professional curriculum reflects current trends in autonomous, evidence-based practice, stimulating critical inquiry.

Nazareth offers two opportunities for entry into physical therapy:

B.S./D.P.T. degree in Physical Therapy

The combined B.S./D.P.T. degree is a six-year program comprised of three pre-professional years plus three professional years. The pre-professional program includes the Nazareth College core requirements as well as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics and Physics. With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, and a minor in Psychology it provides students with both the breadth and depth of prerequisite knowledge upon which to develop an understanding of health issues from both scientific and cultural perspectives.

D.P.T. degree in Physical Therapy

The D.P.T program builds on the students' prerequisite education with the necessary professional education in physical therapy. Coursework is combined with clinical education experiences where students practice their skills under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Many courses contain an embedded clinical component, allowing students to immediately apply the knowledge skills, and attitudes learned in the classroom. In this model, students are able to implement skills and behaviors recently learned to benefit the community. Full time clinical education placements may be made at any of more than 200 sites having official agreements with Nazareth College. Individual clinical sites may have unique requirements for students such as health or drug screenings, or criminal background checks.


The Nazareth College Physical Therapy (PT) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This means Nazareth's program is in substantial compliance with the accreditation criteria. In addition to CAPTE, the New York State Education Department is a federally registered accrediting agency for professional programs and it has approved Nazareth College's program in physical therapy. Graduates are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and licensure in all states.

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