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Welcome to the Physical Therapy Department

Welcome to the Physical Therapy Department


  • Phone

    (585) 389-2900
  • Email
  • Location

    Carroll 103
  • Fax

    (585) 389-2908
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The department offers an entry-level program at the B.S. or D.P.T. level in the School of Health and Human Services.  Students closely interact with faculty and treat patients collaboratively in our multiple pro-bono clinics on campus.   At Nazareth, you will become a well-rounded generalist and be prepared for a variety of positions upon graduation.

Mission:  The Nazareth College Physical Therapy Program prepares compassionate professionals who are life-long learners and critical inquirers that practice collaboratively and engage with a changing world.  

Philosophy:  The Nazareth College Physical Therapy Philosophy holds that the faculty of the program believe that the integration of liberal arts and professional study provides a strong foundation for educating contemporary physical therapists.  The professional curriculum prepares students to practice in an autonomous, collaborative value-based environment.  Faculty serve as role models in demonstrating responsibility and accountability as teachers, clinicians, and scholars, as well as fostering an educational experience where students are responsible for their learning.

Vision:  The Nazareth College Physical Therapy program will empower professionals to think globally and transform communities.

Program Outcomes: Nazareth College Physical Therapy graduates are well prepared for contemporary practice. We are proud to share the following outcomes:

91% Three-year graduation rate, meaning 91% of those who started the professional program successfully completed it within the expected time frame, 2011-2012

98% Three-year pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam, 2012-2014

100% Employment rate:  Of those seeking employment, all were employed within six months of passing the licensure exam.

Physical therapists are the health care experts to diagnosis and treat movement impairments. US News and World Report lists physical therapist as it’s seventh ranking "Best Jobs" in 2014.

Physical therapists can practice in many different settings: Acute care, Rehabilitation Hospital, Sub-acute Rehabilitation Facility, Outpatient Clinic, Early Intervention Program, School, Wellness and Prevention, Home, Health, and Research Centers. Physical therapists enjoy a high job satisfaction.

Program Offerings

  • BS/DPT Program (6-year, undergraduate-graduate)
    The BS/DPT Physical Therapy program is a six-year program comprised of three pre-professional years focused on Nazareth College's core curriculum plus three professional years focused on clinical experience. The advantage of this program is that, as long as students maintain the required grade point average, they do not have to reapply for a graduate program.
  • DPT Program (3-year, graduate)
    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.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Nazareth College  is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;  email:; website:

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