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Information about Physical Therapist program at Touro College




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Last Updated by Program: 03/09/2007
Address:   Physical Therapist Program
Touro College
Manhattan Campus
School of Health Sciences
27-33 West 23rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone:   (631)665-1600 ext. 211
Fax:   (631)665-4986
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (631)665-1600 ext. 211
Financial Aid Phone:   (631)665-1600 ext. 265
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1987 (no longer offered) DPT degree, December 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2010
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Dual BS in Health Sciences/Doctor of Physical Therapy degree
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Touro College offers a 3-year graduate level curriculum leading to a dual BS in Health Sciences/Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program begins in the fall of each year and is divided into six academic semesters and four full-time clinical affiliations. Touro College runs concurrent Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs: one in Bay Shore Long Island and one in Manhattan. The Manhattan Program runs on a Sunday-Thursday schedule and the Long Island Program runs on a Monday-Friday schedule. The two sites offer the same curriculum with separate student bodies. Undergraduates can apply to the DPT program under a 3+3 year Freshman admission process, in conjunction with the Pre- Professional Phase of the School of Health Science.
Clinical experiences including a 6-week, two 8-week, and a 16-week affiliation, are included in the program. Students are assigned to a variety of different settings including acute care, general hospitals, health related facilities, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, school, home care and out-patient/private practice.
There are seventeen full-time faculty divided between the Manhattan and Bay Shore campuses. Of the full-time faculty, 71% hold post-professional doctoral degrees; of the PTs on the full-time faculty, 79% board certified clinical specialists (orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, hand therapy). The faculty members are engaged in clinical practice and 5 own private practices. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 24 peer-reviewed presentations/publications. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy programs seat approximately 60 new students annually.
Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are required to complete the following prerequisite course work for admission to the program. Satisfactory completion of 90 transferable semester credits at an accredited college or university. The 90 credits include 15 credits within a major or minor (of which 9 credits must be upper division courses), at least 60 credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Specific course prerequisites include 8 credits in each: general biology*, general physics*, general chemistry*; 6 credits in Anatomy & Physiology*, Psychology (including General Psychology) and English Composition (or 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of English literature); 3 credits in each of Mathematics (pre-calculus level) and Statistics; and 12 additional credits of Liberal Arts courses. (*Science courses must include a laboratory and be designed for science majors. Science courses designed for liberal arts or nursing majors are not acceptable.) Remaining credits needed to reach a minimum of 90 are elective credits. Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Undergraduate students with Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores within 5 years can submit Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores instead of GRE scores. The recommended score on the GRE is at least 500 verbal and 500 quantitative, the recommended score on the SAT is 1100. All original transcripts must be submitted, with an earned GPA of 3.3 recommended. Applicants must also include official letters documenting a minimum of 50 hours of service in more than one physical therapy setting, with at least 25 hours in a hospital or institutional setting with an inpatient population. Two Letters of Recommendation are required, one from a licensed physical therapist who supervised the applicant, and the other from a college or university professor who taught the applicant in an academic setting. Other requirements include Current American Red Cross Community or Professional Rescuer CPR competency certification, Current Standard First Aid competency certification. TOEFL test scores are required for students who did not graduate from high school or college in the USA or other English speaking country. Scores of 550 (written) or 220 (computer based) are recommended in order to be considered for admission.
90% of admitted students graduate from the program, 88% of graduates pass the National Physical Therapy Licensing Examination
The tuition for the 2006-2007 academic year was $18,700 on the Long Island campus and $19,550 on the Manhattan campus. Annual fees are an additional $290. For financial aid and information visit the Touro College web site at or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212/463-0400 x628.
The Physical Therapy Programs are situated in two distinct locations in the New York metropolitan area. The Long Island campus located in Bay Shore affords students easy access to the railroad, Fire Island ferries and the scenic beaches of the south shore. The Manhattan campus invites its students to sample all the city can offer with restaurants, museums and shopping within walking distance. Students from both campuses are active in the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA). The SPTA sponsors fund raising events and promotes health, wellness and the role of the physical therapist within the community. The SPTA communicates regularly with Program administration to convey student input. In addition, the SPTA sponsors many extra curricular activities, social, educational and recreational events.