Daemen College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Daemen College




Daemen College (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 09/18/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
Daemen College
4380 Main Street
Mail Box 789
Amherst, NY 14226-3592
Phone:   (716)839-8345
Fax:   (716)839-8537
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (716)839-8225
Financial Aid Phone:   (716)839-8254
Web Address:   http://www.daemen.edu/academics/grad_physical_therapy/
Program E-mail:   sheld@daemen.edu
Sharon L Held, PT, DPT, MS, PCS
Associate Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, April 1977 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 2000 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2002
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a 3-year professional program requiring a minimum of 3 years of pre-professional education for admission. Freshmen entry students will follow a 3+3 curriculum. Both freshmen and transfer students will either enter the professional program with a baccalaureate degree or must have completed their baccalaureate degree requirements at the end of the first professional year. The professional curriculum is founded on an evidence-based approach to clinical practice with basic science, clinical courses, and clinical exposure integrated throughout each semester of the program. The program begins in the fall semester and consists of five traditional academic semesters; two summer clinical internships, and a final spring semester of clinical internships. Graduation is in May of each year. In January 2003 the Department of New York State Education approved the Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program at Daemen College. The tDPT program parallels the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with regard to content, goals, and objectives. The tDPT curriculum consists of 30 credits distributed over 9 courses. The admission criteria for the tDPT assure all candidates credit for their education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
The Clinical Exposure component of the entry-level DPT curriculum consists of five semesters of 2 hours, every other week, which is a clinic-based, faculty-mentored, experiential learning sessions. Students engage in full-time professional practice during 9-week clinical internships in each of the two summer sessions; and, during 18 weeks of internships in the spring of their final year. Thus, professional practice is integrated throughout each step of the educational experience.
There are nine full-time core faculty members, including one full-time Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, and ten associated faculty members. Three of the full-time core faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are PhD Candidates, one is a matriculated PhD student; six have a DPT in addition to their first professional degree, four are APTA certified clinical specialists, and all are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past five years, the faculty has twenty one publications in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, faculty receive grants; participate in state and national APTA activities; teach and present research locally, at state and national conferences, and internationally; and serve on certification boards. The faculty to student ratio is 1:12.
Daemen College has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students with an 75% female population. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will enroll between 40 to 45 students into each professional class for an approximate total of 120-135 students in the 3-year professional program. The program enrolls pre-professional phase students completing pre-requisite requirements on a rolling admissions basis. Transfer students are accepted both into the pre-professional phase (years 1-3) and directly into the professional phase (year 4) of the program. Preference is given to pre-professional phase Daemen College students in acceptance to the professional phase of the program. No preference is given to in-state residents.
This program accepts freshmen entry students as well as transfer applicants. Freshmen admission consideration is based on high school average and SAT or ACT scores. Requirements for admission to the freshmen year include high school chemistry and trigonometry. Applications for progression to the professional program are accepted on a rolling basis through April 15 of each year. Professional program prerequisites include: college biology, chemistry, physiology, gross anatomy, physics, psychology, pre-calculus, biochemistry. Advanced English composition and social sciences are also required. Students must maintain a science quality point average (QPA) of 2.8 and an overall QPA of 2.8 to be permitted to progress into the professional phase. Applications also require two character references (one must be from a physical therapist), a biographical sketch, and 120 hours of clinical exposure (i.e. volunteer or work experience) in a physical therapy setting. Professional program classes begin in the fall of each year. The cumulative QPA of the last class upon admission to the professional phase of the program was 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. 100% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
The ultimate weighted average pass rate for 2002-2004 as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is 95.54%. Over the past 3 years 90% of the admitted professional phase students graduated from the program and 100% of the graduates are employed.
Tuition for the 2006-07 academic year is $17,240; annual fees are $450 plus related lab fees. Residence and board costs range from $7,550 - $8,950 depending on selected meal plan and residence hall. Numerous venues of financial aid are available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Daemen College participates in all Federal Title IV programs, New York State aid programs, and also awards numerous institutional scholarships and grants. All students who apply for financial aid are reviewed for their eligibility in all of these programs.
Daemen College is located in Amherst NY just outside of Buffalo NY, in close proximity to many area colleges and universities. The College is on a public transportation route, and there are a variety of cultural, entertainment, shopping, sporting, and recreational activities in close proximity. The campus is within 10 minutes of the Buffalo Airport. Intercollegiate athletic programs are basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross-country, as well as club hockey and rugby. The college has many student organizations and clubs, and students also participate in the Student Physical Therapy Association. Off-campus rentals are plentiful and reasonable.