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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, , New York ,United States

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a full-time, 115-credit program designed to prepare students for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and for successful careers as doctors of physical therapy. The program consists of 36 months of didactic and clinical work. Students will merge hands-on skills, ethical care, clinical judgment, and critical inquiry to promote optimal functioning of current and future clients throughout their lifespan. The clinical phase offers four 8- to 10-week full-time rotations.

Recent research from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for physical therapists shows that the nationwide median compensation is $84,020. The number of open jobs in the field for 2014 was 210,900, and the job growth outlook for 2014-2024 was expected to be 34 percent (much faster than average).

The Marist DPT Program is committed to creating the next generation of physical therapists by offering the highest standard of excellence in physical therapy education. Graduates will be prepared to merge hands-on skills, ethical care, clinical judgment and critical inquiry to promote optimal functioning of current and future clients throughout their lifespan. The DPT program will instill the importance of providing advocacy and service to the profession, as well as to local and global communities. 

Achievement of the DPT Program mission is accomplished by educating students who will become autonomous movement specialists prepared in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of impairments, functional limitations, and disorders of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems. Graduates will integrate critical thinking with ethical and professional judgment in all aspects of practice, teaching, research, collaboration, and consultation. They will be service-oriented professionals dedicated to achieving optimal participation of their patients/clients by using health promotion, and evidence-based and innovative strategies.

Program Distinctions
Marist's DPT Program instills the importance of providing advocacy and service to the profession as well as to local and global communities. The DPT facility is self-contained with a high-tech classroom, physical therapy lab, and a suite of simulation labs, including trauma, surgery, and traditional examination rooms. In addition, the facility has a full gross anatomy laboratory that supports the learning experience.

At the successful completion of the program, students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Utilizing critical thinking, current evidence, and clinical judgment to determine a diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Completing a patient examination comprised of a patient interview, complete medical history, review of systems and appropriate tests and measures.
  • Utilizing all aspects of the patient examination, the patient’s/family’s expectations and goals, and current evidence to develop appropriate interventions.
  • Becoming autonomous movement specialists prepared in all aspects of patient care for disorders of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems.
  • Practicing the highest standards of ethical and legal practice and ascribing to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Core Values and Code of Ethics.
  • Recognizing the benefits of providing physical therapy to the entire person, not solely the impairment, functional limitations, and disorders they present.
  • Valuing physical, cultural, ethnic, age, economic, and psychosocial differences and using a humanistic and holistic approach to the delivery of services to all patients/clients.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Human Resources

In strategic partnership with the Marist community, the Office of Human Resources is committed to cultivating an equitable and distinctive workplace. We do this through the attraction, development, and recognition of a diverse and talented workforce.

Our team provides effective services and solutions in support of the College's mission and core values, including:

  • Benefits and compensation administration
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Employee records management
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Policy development and interpretation
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Strategic planning

Benefits at Marist

At Marist College, we value your health and wellness and understand your need for quality, affordable care.  The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing faculty and staff with a best-in-class benefits program that offers rich benefits, services and planning for financial security. 

The Office of Human Resources continually strives to exceed the expectations of the College community.  To achieve this goal, we are excited to be developing new benefit programs for eligible employees in Wellness, Work/Life Balance, Training and Development.

Marist College offers all eligible employees the following benefit programs:

Health Benefits

  • Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits

Retirement Plans

  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Holiday Schedule
  • Vacation, Sick & Personal Time
  • Discount Programs

The actual terms of the various employee benefit plans are stated in and governed by the formal plan documents. Additional information may be found on the myMarist employee portal.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to Marist's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is competitive. Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her individual merits. Decisions will be based on academic record, references, GRE score, and an on-campus interview.

All students admitted to the Marist DPT Program will be required to have a health screening and criminal background check completed prior to matriculation. Acceptance into and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.

Degree Prerequisites
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement; therefore, a master's or doctorate-level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.

Required Course Prerequisites
There is currently no time limit on prerequisites.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Biology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Chemistry I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • Physics I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • Psychology: 6 credits
  • Statistics: 3 credits

The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of “C+” or above. Please note that a “C” will not be accepted. All science prerequisite courses MUST include a lab. Students can have no more than two prerequisites in progress at the time their application is submitted for verification. Submission of the following documentation is also required: 

  • Official GRE score report showing a minimum of a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Section (PTCAS GRE code is 2682)
  • TOEFL score (if high school graduate of a non-English speaking country)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • PT volunteer/work experience forms demonstrating a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer or work-related PT experience. The hours must be in a minimum of two different settings
  • A background check will be required once students are admitted as a condition of their acceptance.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 131100 USD
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 USD
    Application Fee: 50 USD
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