Nazareth College of Rochester

Information about Physical Therapist program at Nazareth College of Rochester




Nazareth College of Rochester (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/15/2004
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618-3790
Phone:   (585)389-2900
Fax:   (585)389-2908
Financial Aid Phone:   (585)389-2310
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Jennifer Collins, PT, MPA, EdD
Chairperson and Associate Professor
  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 2001 DPT degree, April 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Probation 4/01-5/02; Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is characterized by the institution’s reputation for providing a strong liberal arts foundation to students in professional fields. The pre-professional phase of the program is structured to allow and encourage physical therapy students to develop a dedication to the ideal of service to their communities. The professional phase takes advantage of the rich clinical experiences available in Rochester and its surrounding communities. In the final year of the program, all students are expected to complete a research project for dissemination to the clinical and academic community.
Physical therapy students participate in four full-time clinical education experiences for a total of 30 weeks. It is expected that students will participate in a variety of practice settings. They may be placed at any of over 230 locations. Most of the sites are in the Northeastern U.S., with opportunities throughout the U.S. Additionally, students participate in a full semester of integrated clinical experience in their final semester, providing services to persons who are underinsured.
There are 8 core faculty members and 10 adjunct faculty members. Five faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees and one is enrolled in doctoral study. Two faculty members are certified specialists; one in Neurology and one in Orthopedics. Most faculty members are actively engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:16.5.
This is presently a 5-year program with entry at freshman year. For the class entering in 2004, the program will be six years. The average size of the graduating class is 35 students. Consideration for admission is based upon SAT or ACT scores and high school class rank. A combined SAT score of 1100 or greater or an ACT of 24 or greater is required, with high school rank in the top 20%. Physical Therapy students must maintain a 2.75 GPA during the undergraduate phase of the program, and a 3.0 GPA for the graduate coursework.
91.9% of the students who entered the professional phase graduated from the program for three cohorts of students. 99.9% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).92.94% of Nazareth graduates have passed the licensure exam
The current tuition is $ 18,040 per year, and room and board is $ 8800. Institutional, federal, and state funding is available for students. Approximately 85% of the physical therapy students receive financial aid. The program has graduate assistant positions available for fifth year students.
Nazareth College is a private, co-educational comprehensive college with a liberal arts and sciences core. It is located on over 150 acres of wooded land in southeastern suburbs of Rochester, NY. The Nazareth College Performing Arts Center is host to a wide array of cultural and performing arts events throughout the year. Rochester offers many opportunities for cultural and sporting events and is within an hour drive time of a myriad of outdoor recreational facilities. To facilitate a rich and fulfilling college experience, the physical therapy program encourages students to fully participate in extra-curricular activities related to leadership, athletics, and the arts.