Mercy College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Mercy College




Mercy College (D6, E5, F3, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 10/30/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Main Hall 117
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone:   (914)674-7828
Fax:   (914)674-7840
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (800)637-2969
Financial Aid Phone:   (914)378-3441
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Nanette Hyland, PT, MSPT
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters Degree, October 1996 DPT Degree, October 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a full-time weekend program that provides graduates with the academic and clinical expertise to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene in the management of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems. The DPT Program prepares graduates to practice as autonomous entry-level practitioners capable of providing administration, consultation, education and research in the physical therapy profession. Upon successful completion of the first year of the Program, students are granted a BS in Health Science. After successful completion of the remaining coursework, a DPT degree is awarded. The program, especially designed for the motivated adult learner, incorporates self-directed learning throughout the curriculum. Classes are held on weekends during the fall, spring and summer trimesters from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sundays. Classes are held between 9 to 15 weekends each semester.
Practical skills are gained through four full-time 8-week clinical education assignments. Basic Clinical Education is completed between the second and third years, and Advanced Clinical Education I, II and III are taken at the completion of the third year.
Seven core faculty and two professional associates form the basis of the program faculty. They are assisted by numerous clinicians in laboratory instruction. Three of the full-time faculty hold post professional doctoral degrees, three are certified as clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged four publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.
Mercy College has a total student enrollment of 9,900. The physical therapy program accepts approximately 24 students per year.
A complete application packet must be submitted by January 15 for consideration for the Fall semester. Candidates with a GPA of 3.4 or higher can submit applications by December 1 for consideration for early decision. If not accepted for early decision, applications will be considered with the regular pool of applicants. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree are required to complete only the following prerequisite courses: 3 credits in each: developmental psychology and statistics; and 4 credits in each: Biology I; Anatomy and Physiology I and II; General Chemistry I and II, and General physics I and II. Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree are required to complete 48 credits in general education in addition to the prerequisite courses. Applications are accepted from September 15 - January 15. Applications are reviewed and ranked according to the grade point average (GPA) of the last 30 credits completed (including at least five of the required prerequisite courses). Qualified applicants, based on GPA rank, will be invited for an interview in early Spring. Notice of admission occurs in late March. Early decisions are made in February. The majority of students are transfers, and there is no state residency requirement. The male-female ratio is 1:1, the average student age is 34 years, and the average GPA is 3.4 and 33% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
The ultimate pass rate for classes 2003 to 2005 as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is 92.9%. Approximately 92% of the admitted students graduated from the program and 100% of the graduates who sought employment are employed.
Tuition for the 2005-06 academic year is $18,900. A detailed description of all financial aid programs may be obtained by writing the Director of Financial Aid, at the above address or by calling 914/674-7328. The physical therapy program disseminates information regarding financial aid opportunities available to its students.
An on-campus dormitory is available at Mercy College, and the College maintains an off-campus housing office to assist students in locating suitable accommodations. For information, contact The Office of Student Activities and Housing, at the above address or call 914/674-7277.