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Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • 96 Credits
  • School of Health and Natural Sciences
  • Dobbs Ferry
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Physical Therapy Program Overview

The mission of the program is to transform our students into professionals through unique learning experiences that enable: 

  •  Optimize clients’ movement for health 
  •  Collaborate in promoting health across the lifespan 
  •  Apply evidence in patient-centered care 
  •  Appreciate diverse backgrounds 
  •  Champion humanism in teaching 

Mercy College’s Physical Therapy degree earners will become eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination required for licensure. 

Entry into the Doctoral degree program requires a bachelor’s degree and prerequisite courses. 

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Program Highlights

  • Full-time, weekend curriculum format (9 weekends per term)
  • 96 credits of course work is completed in 10 trimesters (3 years, 4 months)
  • Small cohort/class size (30 students) giving a personalized educational experience
  • Dedicated faculty comprised of physical therapists with various specializations who still practice
  • Individual faculty advisor for each student
  • Weekend format allows the program to utilize experienced expert physical therapists from the region to assist with lab instruction and lecture in their areas of expertise
  • Clinical internship opportunities available at over 200 facilities in the tri-state metropolitan area and beyond
  • State-of-the-art clinical facilities
  • National accreditation from CAPTE

Program Accreditation Status

The Physical Therapy Program at Mercy College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100 Alexandria, Virginia  22305-3085

Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Students are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 

If you need to contact the Physical Therapy Program/Mercy College directly, please call (914) 674-7828 or email ptprogram@mercy.edu.


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22% Growth

Career Outcomes

Job growth expected to rise 22% through 2028*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics
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$87K Salary

Average Pay

For physical therapists in the New York region*
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96 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Classes in anatomy, kinesiology & rehabilitation research

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The Mercy Advantage

  • State-of-the-art clinical facilities
  • 12,000 square-foot simulation labs
  • Participate in international medical missions
  • National accreditation from CAPTE
  • Complete the program in 10 semesters
  • Classes held on weekends


     
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Learning Through Virtual Dissection

  • Students have the benefit of learning human anatomy on one of the Anatomage tables at either the Dobbs Ferry or Bronx campuses.  This virtual format supplements the knowledge students gain in their human anatomy lecture and cadaver dissection lab. Hear from students about their experience.
     
Students using the Anatomage Table
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Interprofessional Education in Simulation Labs

  • Students from various health professions work with a simulated patient (a student actor from the college) in one of the simulation labs.  These interprofessional experiences help students learn about other professions’ roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, and teamwork.  These simulated experiences prepare them for their real-world clinical experiences.
     
Mercy College PT students engaged in IPE

Tour the 3rd floor clinical simulation labs

  • This space includes a Clinical Skills and Assessment Lab, movement lab and home health labs, frequently used by students and faculty in our nursing occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, and physical therapy programs. 
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Physical Therapy News: Cycling and Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant

Nannette Hyland PT, PhD Program Director of the Physical Therapy program and Astrid Mel PhD, Program Director of the Exercise Science program were award $18,000 from the Rainwater Charitable Foundation to study the impact of an indoor cycling protocol in reducing Parkinson’s symptoms. This project will involve graduate DPT students to assist with data collection. The study will be performed at ClubFit in Briarcliff, NY over the next year. 

DPT Students Elected to Leadership State Positions

DPT student leaders

Congratulations to two of Mercy College’s DPT students who were recently elected to leadership roles in the New York State Physical Therapy Association Student Special Interest Group.  Jillian McNamee ’25 was elected as the secretary and Chloe Simmons ’25 was elected treasurer. 


Learning in the Full-Time Weekend Format

Classes are usually held in 9 out of 15 trimester weekends.

Classes start on Friday afternoons and continue through Saturday and Sunday. Each class is mix of lecture, lab, case-based learning, active learning activities and technology is actively integrated throughout the curriculum. 

The faculty have extensive experience teaching in this format and design the weekends to be dynamic and engaging.

In a typical weekend, students may have:

  • One or two classes on Friday
  • One class on Saturday with a mixture of lecture, cases, and lab activities
  • One class on Sunday also with a mixture of lecture, cases, and lab activities
  • Sunday afternoon classes in most terms, usually are completed by 2 PM.  
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Health Professions Clinical Simulation & Learning Labs

When it comes to training the best future health care professionals, who are prepared to handle anything they might face in their profession – Mercy College has an invaluable tool – our Health Professions Clinical Simulation and Learning Labs. The Dobbs Ferry 12,000 square-foot space includes specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. 

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