Ithaca College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Ithaca College




Ithaca College (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 06/16/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Ithaca College
335 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850-7183
Phone:   (607)274-3716
Fax:   (607)274-3074
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (607)274-3124
Financial Aid Phone:   (607)274-3131
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Michael Pagliarulo, PT, EdD
Department 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, May 1959 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, April 1990 Doctoral degree, June 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2015
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is organized into two components. The first 4 years are conducted by 12 full-time faculty members on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. The second component is located in Rochester, New York, on the University of Rochester campus, where seven full-time faculty members conduct the graduate year of the program. Some courses are taken in conjunction with students from the occupational therapy program at Ithaca. All graduate students participate in a group research project. The Department maintains a PT clinic on the Ithaca campus. Students average 20 hours per week in class and have the opportunity to observe and participate in patient care procedures in the PT clinic. Summer experiences occur following the second, third and graduate years. During the summer following the second year and throughout the graduate year, the program is conducted at the Rochester, New York campus, which is associated with the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Clinical internships begin the summer following the third year of study. There are five full-time clinical experiences totaling 30 weeks that vary in length between 6 and 12 weeks each. Clinical sites are located throughout the country and number approximately 600.
There are currently 18 full-time faculty members. Ten of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, six are certified as clinical specialists, and nine are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:12.
Ithaca has a total enrollment of 6400 students. There are 373 students in the physical therapy program.
This is a 5-year program with entry at the freshman year. Seventy-five to 90 freshmen are admitted annually in August. For application deadlines, please contact the program. Admission consideration is based on SAT or ACT scores and rank in high school graduating class. Because this is a freshman-entry program, openings for transfer students are limited, competitive, and most appropriate in the sophomore year. Applicants seeking to transfer into the program should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a B or better in all natural science coursework. Prerequisites vary depending upon the exact entry point, but minimally include 8 credits in biology for science majors, chemistry for science majors (including 4 credits of organic chemistry), 3 credits of writing, and at least 40 hours of observation in a physical therapy clinic or health care setting. Specific information on transfer admission requirements, non-native speakers, and letters of recommendation, is available from the Office of Admission and the Department of Physical Therapy. 42% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
92% of students entering the professional phase of the curriculum graduate from the program in 3 years. (3 year average) Licensure rates: 95% of Ithaca College graduates passed the licensure exam on their first attempt (2004). This is well above the NYS and National averages. 100% of our graduates from the past three years were employed within 9 months of graduating with their MS degree.
For the academic year 2004-05, costs are $23690 for tuition and fees, $4946 for room, $4758 for board, and $350 for health insurance. Eighty-seven percent of the physical therapy students receive financial aid. To be considered for any federal or need-based institutional assistance, candidates must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the appropriate agency. Merit-based awards are determined considering academic performance, special talents, and personal characteristics or non-academic achievements. Entering freshmen and/or transfer students are also required to complete the CSS Profile application. For further information, contact the Director of Financial Aid at 607/274-3131.
Founded in 1892, the College was relocated in 1960 overlooking Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Off-campus activities abound in this community that also serves Cornell University. Eighty percent of the students reside on campus. Housing is also provided at the Rochester campus during the summer session following the second year. Physical therapy students attend and participate in athletics (including nationally ranked teams) and the performing arts (music, dance, theater). The curriculum is designed so that students may complete one of more than 40 minors and take a semester of study at the College's London Center or at other affiliated programs around the world.