Utica College

Information about Physical Therapist program at Utica College




Utica College (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 02/22/2005
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Health & Human Studies Division
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892
Phone:   (315)792-3059
Fax:   (315)792-3248
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (315)792-3006
Financial Aid Phone:   (315)792-3179
Web Address:   http://www.utica.edu/academic/gce/pt/index.cfm
Program E-mail:   dscalise-smith@utica.edu
Dale Scalise-Smith, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, October 1997 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1999 (no longer offered) DPT degree, January 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program is designed in either a 4+3 or a 3+3 (accelerated) model. During the pre-professional component the focus of coursework is liberal arts education and basic sciences. Utica College students who earn a baccalaureate degree and successfully complete prerequisite requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for admission to the professional program. All students who complete prerequisite and major coursework in three years (accelerated) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to matriculate in an at the beginning of the fourth year to enter the professional program; there is no reapplication process. The three-year professional component is designed in a modified problem-based learning format. Throughout the curriculum, students participate in small groups and seminars with faculty facilitators. Additionally all students participate in group research projects work under the direction of faculty mentors. Each research project culminates with a poster presentation and a paper in manuscript format. Students spend an average of 20 hours per week in class. Eight full-time faculty, two part-time faculty, and several adjunct faculty members work closely with students throughout the program.
Clinical education is designed to prepare students to integrate academic course work into clinical practice. In the third semester (Fall of the second year) and final semester (Spring of year three) students participate in 16-18 week full-time clinical education experiences. Students complete a total of 36-38 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences in a variety of settings, working with individuals across the lifespan. Placements are arranged as separate 8-9-week clinical experiences and/or combined 16-18-week experience in order to optimize resources available for learning opportunities. Utica College has completed contracts with facilities throughout the United States that have agreed to provide appropriate learning experiences through competent teaching and supervision. In order to take full advantage of the educational opportunities that have been developed, each student should prepare to complete all full time experiences outside of their temporary/permanent residence. There is an inherent responsibility on the part of each student for transportation and living expenses. Some of our clinical facilities offer assistance in the form of housing lists and/or stipends for room and board, however it remains the student’s responsibility to research and finalize living arrangements and travel plans for each clinical experience.
There are seven full-time and one part-time faculty members. Five of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and two are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty to student ratio is 1:20 (pre-professional and professional) and 1:7 (professional).
The college has a total enrollment of 2,300 students. The physical therapy program has an enrollment of 143 students.
The physical therapy program is limited to 36 students per graduating class, therefore admission to the program is highly selective. Students are accepted as freshmen and transfer applicants. Students admitted directly to the program, will continue in the program if they maintain satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory progress requires a 3.0 (GPA) by the end of the junior year. All students must earn 2.0 (C) or better in all major and major-related courses. Applications for admission to the physical therapy program should be completed by January 15. Substantive volunteer work in a clinical setting and at least one letter of recommendation from a physical therapist are required of both freshman and transfer applicants. A visit to the campus and a personal interview is recommended. Early admission plan is available. Freshman applicants rank in the top 20% of their class with a strong academic program, and demonstrate talent in the sciences with at least a B+ in biology, chemistry, and physics. Combined SAT scores of 1150 or better are suggested, but the admission process emphasizes academic preparation, personal qualities, and commitment to the profession. Transfer applicants must present an outstanding academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0, based on at least 60 credit hours, and a C or better in the following prerequisite courses: 8 credits in each: anatomy and physiology and physics: 4 credits in each: general and organic chemistry; and 3 hours in each: general psychology, upper level psychology, group dynamics, interviewing and counseling, and social science statistics, and research. Sufficient credits in the liberal arts to satisfy the College’s general education and a cognate/concentration of study must also be completed prior to entering the professional phase. 80% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). Applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 500 in each of the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions. International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Applicants must also complete the following prerequisites with a C or better: 2 courses in human anatomy and physiology ; 2 semesters of college physics and college chemistry (organic chemistry and/or biochemistry is preferred); 1 course in each: college mathematics (calculus preferred), statistics, research methods and 2 courses in psychology. Kinesiology, exercise physiology, child development or growth and development, gerontology, and a cross-cultural course in sociology are highly recommended. All science courses must have laboratories. Candidates should be computer literate. Prior clinical experience in a physical therapy setting is required (40 hours volunteer or paid). Applications are available annually beginning in August and the postmark deadline is January 15. Admission decisions are made beginning in February courses begin in late August. Health insurance coverage is required during the academic and clinical portions of the curriculum (UC health insurance may be waived with proof of other current coverage). In the past year, 102 persons applied, and from that number 30 students were enrolled.
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition and fees for the 2004-05 academic year for all students is $21,270. Room and board was approximately $9,800. Average book costs were $1,500 per year. Please refer to clinical education section for additional information. Most entry-level DPT students receive some form of financial aid, usually loans.
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