About This Program
The Department of Physical Therapy offers two doctoral programs, each leading to the clinical doctorate in PT. Each program is distinct, offering education to meet the needs of the learners, whether on campus for entrance into the profession (entry level) or through a combined residency and online model for the practicing clinician who aspires to have the degree commensurate with the requirement for the future of PT. Each program is contributing to the community of learners both near and far. Students in the entry level program are involved in clinical experiences nationally and internationally; students in the post professional program have access to the finest curriculum and faculty from any location in the world, once the initial residency weekend is completed.
Why Utica College
Our entry level program admits a class of 36 each year and there are two enrollment streams - undergraduate as direct freshman admit OR graduate. Our post professional program has had exponential growth over the past three years, with new cohorts admitted three times each calendar year.
The Entry level DPT program at Utica 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Physical Therapy at Utica
"Utica has a great PT program. They have the gross anatomy lab right on campus, which is huge. With the health studies classes I’ve taken so far, I really like the program and I really love all my teachers. I’ve learned a lot."
Licensure Exam Pass Rate
Employment Rate (6 months after licensure)
- Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
- Private Practice
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Home Healthcare Services
What You'll Learn
The entry-level DPT curriculum integrates traditional instruction with case analysis to guide, stimulate, and challenge student learning while fostering development as professionals with sound reasoning skills. To provide context for learning, small group discussions of clinically relevant case studies, hands-on laboratory practice, and clinical education experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Physical Therapy Faculty
Physical Therapy at Utica College
A Degree That Works
UC’s physical therapy program prepares students for success in one of the nation’s fastest growing fields, with alumni going on to accept jobs at numerous institutions, including:
- Samaritan Medical Center
- Garner Physical Therapy Center
- Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
- Athletic Orthopedic Neurological Physical Therapy
- St. Luke's Hospital
- Physical Therapy for Women (Wilmington, NC)
- Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
- Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
Alumni Voices: Adriana Suprenant-Benkwitt G'17
A conversation with Adriana Suprenant-Benkwitt G'17, graduate of Utica College's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Student Voices: Dan Kemp
Physical therapy major Dan Kemp briefly talks about how the 3+3 program allowed him to study Health Studies in three years as an undergrad and concentrate on Physical Therapy for three years of graduate work.
Student Voices: Christine Carpenter
A conversation with Health Studies / Physical Therapy student Christine Carpenter about her experience at Utica College.
UC physical therapy graduates are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and licensure in all states.