D'Youville College

Information about Physical Therapist program at D'Youville College




D'Youville College (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 08/24/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
D'Youville College
One D'Youville Square
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201-1084
Phone:   (716)829-7702
Fax:   (716)829-8137
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (716)829-8000
Financial Aid Phone:   (716)829-7500
Web Address:   http://www.dyc.edu/academics/physical_therapy/index.asp
Program E-mail:   riversl@dyc.edu
Lynn Rivers, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's Degree, April 1991 (no longer admitting students); DPT Degree, December 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The graduate entry-level doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program is offered to applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate prerequisites required by the P.T. department. The graduate professional program is also offered as part of a two degree program: BS in Health Services + DPT to D’Youville College undergraduate students, in coordination with the health services administration department. The D.P.T. curriculum involves 108 credit hours and includes traditional college coursework, distance learning, clinical fieldwork affiliations and required graduate research. Coursework in the doctoral program begins in the fall semester of the first year of graduate study and runs through 9 consecutive semesters to typically be completed by August of the third year. D’Youville’s 36-month doctoral professional program is organized as a 3 semester/year curriculum, allowing students to enter practice in a minimum of time. The physical therapy program is a demanding program in course work, time commitment and financial obligations. Students enrolled in the professional program must complete three full-time summer sessions in addition to the six full semesters of course work in the three-year doctoral program. Clinical fieldwork, which is scheduled throughout the curriculum, may require an additional expense for travel and room and board. Physical therapy students also incur an additional expense for laboratory fees and completing the thesis or clinically applied project. Successful defense of the thesis or project, and successful performance on a comprehensive exam are required for graduation from this program. A few students in the physical therapy program may seek employment as work-study students on campus. Due to the time commitment to the program, part-time off-campus work during the program is not recommended.
D’Youville’s physical therapy programs offer quality clinical fieldwork experiences at a choice of more than 300 clinical sites. Internet discussion runs concurrently with clinical fieldwork so that students always have a connection to the faculty, regardless of where they choose to do their fieldwork. There is a total of 4 separate clinical fieldwork spread throughout the graduate curriculum. The first is for 6 weeks and the next two are for eight weeks each. The last fieldwork is during the last semester prior to graduation and this will be in the summer for 12 weeks.
There are nine full-time faculty members. Five are certified as clinical specialists and five are engaged in clinical practice. Professional experience averages 15 years. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged three publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:13.
D’Youville has a total enrollment of 2,500 students. The physical therapy program accepts 48 students per cohort with total enrollment of 150 for the 3-year doctor of physical therapy program.
Applicants to the doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) must submit a graduate application to the Graduate Admissions Office to be evaluated on the basis of: 1. Academic performance based on official college or university transcripts. 2. Official academic transcripts from colleges and universities attended both undergraduate and graduate levels. 3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program, as shown by a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). 4. Evidence of completion of all prerequisite courses completed with a grade of “C” or better. A listing of prerequisite courses can be found at http://www.dyc.edu/academics/physical_therapy/admissions.asp. Qualified applicants meeting all other admission requirements for acceptance in the professional program with the exception of PT specific undergraduate pre-requisites may be accepted into the program with matriculation pending completion of identified undergraduate coursework.
Approximately 97% of graduates enjoy employment in their field within 6 months of their graduation. The ultimate pass rate for D’Youville College as determined through FSBPT is currently at 90.44% which is an accumulated average of licensure pass rates over 3 years.
The tuition and fees for the 2005-06 academic year are approx. $21,850 per year. General fees are $60 full-time and $30 part-time, plus $40 application fee.
D’Youville’s campus is less than a mile from the heart of downtown Buffalo, and within walking distance of the Peace Bridge to Canada. It overlooks two parks and is near the city’s greatest cultural centers the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Studio Arena Theater, and Kleinhans Music Hall, home of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Close to two exits of the New York Thruway, D’Youville is only minutes away from beaches, ski resorts, and the stadiums where the Buffalo Bills, Sabers, and Bisons play their home games. The nearest airport is located 20 minutes away and available public transportation includes, buses, cabs, and trains. We offer 2 full–time housing options: Marguerite Hall is available for all students and is a traditional residence hall. The Residence Apartment Complex is comprised of studio and 4-bedroom apartments and is available for those students who are at least junior status or 21 years of age. We also offer part-time housing in Marguerite Hall only, and based on availability, for those students who only want to stay occasionally (1-3 nights a week). If you're already dreading the winter commute or you just want a place to stay and study away from the distractions of home, this may be the option for you. Extracurricular activities are an important part of college life and at D'Youville we want your academic experience to be safe, successful and fun. Several key services and programs will help you meet your goals and enjoy your time outside of the classroom. Our intercollegiate program is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. A variety of recreational activities are available as well as a fitness center, swimming pool and game room. Students can also join academic, cultural, and recreational clubs, serve on campus wide committees, contribute to student publications, perform in the arts, attend special events, and take advantage of many volunteer opportunities.