No, our DPT program is a 36-month, full-time program culminating in a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Graduation from a PT education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Pending receipt of accreditation status, students will be eligible to take the licensure examination in January 2021.
Applicants come from a wide variety of academic majors, degrees, and backgrounds. Regardless of the specific major or degree, applicants must complete the prerequisites courses requirements and observation hours to be considered for admission.
The required prerequisite courses for Marist's DPT program include Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II, 6 credits of Psychology and 3 credits of Statistics. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of "C+" or above. Please note that a "C" will not be accepted.
The 80 hours of volunteer or observation experience must be completed under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The hours must be in a minimum of two different types of settings.
You can still apply if you have no more than 2 pending prerequisite courses in progress. However, prerequisite courses in progress for the Fall immediately preceding the start of the January cohort will not be accepted. At the time of admission, all pending prerequisite coursework must be completed with a "C+" or higher grade before the start of the program in January. A minimum of 80 hours of PT observation must be completed at the time of application.
The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses.
Students who meet the GPA requirements will be invited for an interview. Scores from the interview and letters of recommendation are considered in the application process.
Yes, the GRE exam is required. We will consider the Analytical Writing section scores. The minimum required score is 3.5.
Yes. Applicants who are denied admission are welcome to reapply in subsequent years. If an applicant reapplies, s/he must resubmit a PTCAS application and pay the PTCAS fees again. Repeat applicants should highlight what they have done to improve their eligibility for the program since the previous application and are encouraged to submit at least one new or updated letter of recommendation. Applicants may only apply three times for admission.
No, the DPT Program has an onsite educational model, allowing students to interact as they learn together in the classroom.
All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be submitted to World Education Services, Inc, an evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report.
If the applicant is a high school graduate from a non-English speaking country, then TOEFL scores are required on the PTCAS application.
No. The program only offers an entry-level DPT degree.
The program is extremely rigorous, so working is discouraged. However, some students may choose to work part-time to help finance their education.
The program will admit 42 students each year.
Students complete four full-time clinical internships for a total of 36 weeks. All students will complete at least one inpatient and one outpatient experience. The remaining experiences may be geared toward the student's interests in specific settings or patient populations.
Any individual or organization unsatisfied with their experience or encounter with any student, faculty, or staff member of the Marist DPT should file a written complaint and send it to the attention of the Program Director. A complaint about the Program Director should be sent to the Dean of the School of Science. A response will be rendered within 30 days. There is a prohibition of any retaliation against the person filing the complaint.