Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

Information about Physical Therapist program at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus




Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus (A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 03/28/2007
Address:   Division of Physical Therapy
Long Island University
Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center
One University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
Phone:   (718)488-1063
Fax:   (718)780-4002
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (718)488-1011
Financial Aid Phone:   (718)488-1037
Web Address:   http://www.brooklyn.liu.edu/health/physical%20therapy/DPT_main.html
Program E-mail:   sgropack@liu.edu
Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PT, PhD
Division Director
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, May 1984 (no longer offered); DPT degree, April 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The program is a 3-year 118-credit full-time doctoral level study that begins in July. The program is staffed with 12.5 administrators and faculty. Students spend approximately 20-25 hours per week in class. Students complete 38 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations. Graduation from the program occurs in May. The Division includes a Student Computer Laboratory, a Human Movement Research Laboratory, and the LIU Center for Physical Rehabilitation, a clinical practice facility. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is registered with the New York State Education Department and was approved by CAPTE in spring 2003.
The four courses that make up the clinical practice component of the program are distributed throughout the professional phase of the curriculum. Clinical experiences gradually increase in level of complexity as students progress through the program. There is one 6-week experience during the second year, one 8-week experience at the beginning of the third year and two 12-week experiences at the spring semester of the third year. Collaborative student learning is a required element. The settings are concentrated in the greater New York City area, although other sites are located nationwide, and must include orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary /acute care experiences and a specialty area of student’s choice.
There are 10 core and 20 adjunct faculty members. Nine of the core faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, seven are ABPTS clinical specialists and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has an average of four to five publications in peer-reviewed journals each year. The faculty to student ratio is 1:8.
The Brooklyn Campus student body consists of approximately 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students including a large minority population. Approximately 25 to 30 students per class are enrolled in the DPT program out of a pool of approximately 120 applicants. The total number of students in the current 3-year program is around 90. This is expected to increase as the DPT program is implemented.
A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) and science grade point average of 3.0 is required. Thirty-six hours of volunteer experience in at least three physical therapy settings is required. The DPT is open to applicants with a baccalaureate degree in any major. Prerequisites include one semester of Biology with lab (for science majors), two semesters of Chemistry with lab, two semesters of Physics with lab, one semester of Human Physiology, and one semester of Human Anatomy. Science courses must be taken within the last 10 years. Completion of GRE general test within the past 5 years is also one of the application requirements. The application deadlines are in early December for early admission cycle and in early March for regular admission cycle.
89% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
There has been a recent significant tuition reduction for the DPT program. For the class entering in 2006 for the 3-year program, the estimated tuition for the first year is $30,792 for the second year is $37,260 and for the third year is $20,024. The estimated tuition includes a projected 6.5% annual tuition increase and is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Student fees and additional costs including book and supplies average $2300 to $2700 per year... Room and board costs average $8,000 per year. Currently, a number of academic scholarships of up to $10,000 per academic year are available to students on a merit basis. The scholarship is awarded during the fall and spring semesters and can be renewed for up to 6 semesters based on academic performance. There are other financial resources for graduate students which include graduate assistantships, external scholarships as well as private and public institutional loans in rehabilitation and education. Further information and forms can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at 718/488-1037 or the Office of Admissions at 718/488-1011.
Long Island University is one of the largest private universities in the nation and offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programs. The Brooklyn Campus occupies an 11-acre site in downtown Brooklyn and contains Schools of Health Professions, Education, Nursing, Business, Arts and Science and a College of Pharmacy. Students come from all 50 states and 70 foreign countries. All subway lines, many bus lines, and the Long Island Rail Road can reach the campus quickly and conveniently with Manhattan only minutes away. Housing is provided in the 16-story Conolly Hall. In addition to standard dormitory accommodations, furnished apartments are available for upper class and graduate students. Intercollegiate sports include basketball, baseball, soccer, and track. A new Athletics, Recreation, and Wellness Center is being constructed.