Clarkson University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University (A2, A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/17/2003
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Clarkson University
CU Box 5880
Potsdam, NY 13699-5880
Phone:   (315)268-3786
Fax:   (315)268-1539
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (315)268-3786
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Scott D Minor, PT, PhD
Associate Dean of Health Sciences; and Chairman, Department of Physical Therapy
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, October 2001; DPT degree, October 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The goal of the program is to prepare graduates who will be autonomous, reflective and caring health care professionals with excellent problem solving skills. The program follows a 3.5 + 2.5 format where undergraduate students following the Pre-Physical Therapy concentration enter the professional phase of the program in the spring semester of their senior year and continue for two and a half more years of full-time study for a total of six. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree and meet the prerequisite requirements may enter the program as well. The Problem-Based Learning curriculum is designed to foster collaboration, critical thinking and life-long learning skills. Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and participate in clinical education experiences throughout the program
Students complete clinical experiences in all seven semesters. There are 5 part-time clinical affiliations and 4 full-time clinical affiliations in the curriculum, equivalent to 32 weeks of clinical experience through the program. These experiences include acute care, rehabilitation, nursing home environments, private practices, home care, pediatrics and many other health care settings. The University has approximately 150 clinical experience sites across the United States.
There are 7 full-time faculty and 2 part-time faculty. Two of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one completing doctoral degree, and 4 hold post-professional master degrees. Two faculty are certified as clinical specialists and 5 are engaged in clinical practice. All faculty are engaged in scholarly activity. The faculty to student ratio is 1:5.
Clarkson University has a total student enrollment of approximately 2,600 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students at the university. The physical therapy program enrolls up to 30 students per class. Students enrolled in the Pre-PT concentration at Clarkson have a reserved space in our Master of Physical Therapy program (students must maintain academic and professional standards to keep it).
A Baccalaureate degree is required at the time of admission or completed by the end of the first professional semester. Minimum requirements for admission include an overall GPA and prerequisite GPA of 3.0; three recommendations (one from a physical therapist); an essay detailing reasons for choosing physical therapy as a profession; and a personal interview. The prerequisite courses required, with a B or higher, include 1 semester in each: calculus, statistics, general psychology, abnormal or health, developmental psychology, computer literacy; and 2 semesters in each : biological sciences with lab, physics with lab and chemistry with lab. Documentation of at least 20 hours of volunteer or observation experience with a health care provider. The deadline for application is October 15. Applicants to the Graduate school from with in the U.S. and Canada are required to pay a $25 application fee (US funds).
98% of admitted students graduate from the program (2-year average)
The graduate tuition is determined by credit hours. The 2003-2004 tuition is $770 per credit hour. Fall and spring semesters are between 9-12 credits each. Summer sessions are usually 12 credits. There is limited on-campus housing for graduate students. Students find local apartments in the area with costs ranging between $300-$400 per month, per person.
Clarkson University offers 19 intercollegiate varsity sports including hockey, skiing, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, baseball, golf, and cross country. Also, there are numerous opportunities for students to participate in intramural sport leagues, special interest clubs, recreational activities, and professional societies. In Potsdam itself, music lovers have excellent opportunities to hear orchestral and choral performances at the noted Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the neighboring six-million-acre Adirondack Park, as well as the St. Lawrence Seaway and Thousand Islands Region. In addition, the Clarkson community has easy access to cultural and recreational facilities in upper New York State, New England, and Canada.