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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Overview

*** AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021, THE PROPOSED PROGRAM HAS NOT RECEIVED AN APPROVAL FROM THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THEREFORE APPLICATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE ***

St. John’s University’s offers a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The program combines St. John’s 150-year legacy as a Catholic, Vincentian, and global university with innovative and hands-on training to prepare graduates to provide care in the ever-changing field of health care.  

Housed within the Department of Clinical Health Professions in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the DPT program is part of a rich history of scientists and clinicians whose purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of those they serve. St. John’s urban location provides experiential learning in world-renowned hospital systems and collaboration between the DPT program and St. John’s Athletic Department affords students unique opportunities to interact with Division I sports teams. 

The DPT program faculty affirm the mission and values of St. John’s University. We are committed to fostering excellence, scholarly activity, rigorous standards, innovative application of knowledge, and service to support the common good of a diverse local and global community. We aim to empower students and graduates to be compassionate, ethical leaders, autonomous practitioners, and effective team members of the health-care community who advocate for the prevention of injury and the promotion of health and wellness.

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St. John's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Mission Statement

The mission of the DPT program is to develop competent, patient-centered students, faculty, and graduates who optimize movement and function; improve the health and wellness of a culturally diverse population; and who serve their patients, the community, and the profession of physical therapy. The program utilizes a student-centered, active-learning approach to enable development of the necessary communication, clinical reasoning, leadership, service, academic, professional, interpersonal, and evidence-based clinical skills to function proficiently, confidently, and compassionately in a constantly changing health-care environment.

The program mission is consistent with the Catholic and Vincentian values of the institutional and College missions of providing equal opportunity for students and faculty and for educating students to be compassionate, collaborative, patient-centered, and service-oriented physical therapy practitioners who are focused on providing safe, competent health care as part of an interprofessional team. The program mission promotes development of students, graduates, and faculty who are reflective, critical thinkers; problem-solvers; decision makers; lifelong learners; and collaborative health-care providers who employ moral and ethical reasoning through the use of evidence-based practice. Students are engaged in advancing the institutional and professional missions through engagement in service and professional activities.

The program mission supports APTA’s mission of optimizing movement to improve the human experience. Students and graduates of the program are well-equipped as effective and efficient movement experts to analyze, maintain, restore, and improve human movement, enabling individuals of all ages to have optimal functioning and quality of life, while ensuring patient safety. Graduates possess the professional ideals, behaviors, and skills consistent with APTA’s mission, values, and standards to serve as part of an interprofessional team to promote the health and wellness of local and global communities.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Outcome 1.1: Core faculty will publish or present one scholarly product every two years in a peer-reviewed venue.
  • Outcome 1.2: At least 50 percent of core faculty will be active in clinical practice.
  • Outcome 1.3: 100 percent of board-certified faculty will maintain board certification in their areas of specialty. 

Outcome 2.1: 100 percent of core faculty will attend at least one workshop per year related to teaching and learning.

Outcome 3.1: 100 percent of core faculty engage in one leadership, advocacy, service, or mentorship activity per year.

  • Outcome 4.1: 50 percent of graduates surveyed report completing at least one leadership, advocacy, and/or service activity per year.
  • Outcome 4.2: 100 percent of students complete a minimum of three leadership, advocacy, and/or service activities prior to graduation.
  • Outcome 5.1: A minimum of 85 percent of graduates will pass the National Physical Therapy Examination on the first attempt.
  • Outcome 5.2: 85 percent of students will pass the final competency exam on the first attempt.
  • Outcome 5.3: 90 percent of students will achieve a final mark at or above “entry-level” across all performance criteria components of the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI) upon completion of the terminal clinical education experience.

Outcome 6.1: 100 percent of students will achieve a final mark at or above “entry-level” on the PT CPI, items 2 through 4 (i.e., Professional Behavior, Cultural Competence, and Communication) upon completion of the terminal clinical education experience.

  • Outcome 7.1: 75 percent of graduates surveyed report “always” or “often” utilizing evidence to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Outcome 7.2: 50 percent of students attend at least one local, state, or national conference or continuing education course.
  • Outcome 8.1: 75 percent of graduates surveyed report “always” or “often” collaborating with other members of the health-care team to maximize care of a patient/client.
  • Outcome 8.2: 100 percent of students will participate in at least one interprofessional education experience.
  • Outcome 9.1: The program will host a minimum of two virtual or in-person advisement sessions for potential health-care and/or DPT students.
  • Outcome 9.2: The program will participate in a minimum of one career advisement session per year for middle, high school, and/or college students from underrepresented communities.
  • Outcome 10.1: The physical therapy education program will hold a minimum of one town hall meeting per year to offer opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback for program planning and improvement.
  • Outcome 10.2: The physical therapy program will plan modifications to improve the program based upon faculty discussion at an annual faculty retreat.

Vision Statement

Our vision is that the DPT program will be a nationally recognized model of distinction for the preparation of exemplary physical therapists who, as movement specialists, leaders, advocates, researchers, and scholars, meet the needs of local, urban, and global societies. 

Admission

*** AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021, THE PROPOSED PROGRAM HAS NOT RECEIVED AN APPROVAL FROM THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THEREFORE APPLICATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE ***

For more information about admission to this and other St. John’s graduate programs, please visit the Office of Graduate Admission.

The application deadline for St. John’s University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program’s 2021 entrance is currently unavailable. The DPT program accepts a maximum of 45 students per cohort. 

All applicants must complete an application to St. John’s University Office of Graduate Admission and upload required application documents through St. John’s application portal.

Questions? Email the Office of Graduate Admission

Students must have attained a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the program and have completed all prerequisite course work within the indicated grade point average (GPA) academic thresholds. ALL prerequisite course work must be completed at an accredited institution no more than five years prior to application to the program. Only official transcripts will be reviewed. The required prerequisites for the program include

  • A minimum overall GPA and cumulative science GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • Successful completion of the following prerequisites with minimum 3.0 GPA:
    • General biology with lab–two semesters or eight credits
    • General chemistry with lab–two semesters or eight credits
    • General physics with lab–two semesters or eight credits
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with one lab–two semesters or eight credits
    • Behavioral sciences (i.e., psychology or sociology)–two semesters or six credits
    • English composition–one semester or three credits
    • Statistics or above–one semester or three credits

Foreign credit transcripts evaluation should be completed by a NACES member with US equivalency degree and GPA. St. John's students receive a discount from SpanTran.

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo required for international applicants without a US degree conferral.

  • Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Current certification in standard first aid
  • Minimum of 100 hours of volunteer or work experience with a physical therapist

Three letters of recommendation from professionals (academic and occupational; at least one of these references must be from a licensed physical therapist).

A written personal statement (500 word minimum) describing why the applicant wishes to become a physical therapist.

St. John’s University reviews all qualifying applications. Only those who are competitive will be invited to interview. Decisions on candidates to the program will consist of a complete review and process that includes consideration of all application requirement criteria and interview performance.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for any additional information or questions at 718-990-1601; [email protected]

Didactic and Clinical Curriculum

The DPT program is a three-calendar year graduate program that begins in June and includes summer study for each year. Students graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May of each year. A maximum of 45 students are enrolled in the program each year.

For course descriptions, please see the graduate bulletin.

Term

Year

Course

Course Title

Credits

Summer

1

PTR 100

Gross Anatomy for the Physical Therapist

5

Summer

1

PHS 112

Histolopathology for the Physical Therapist

3

Summer

1

DPT 100

Introduction to Physical Therapy

1

Fall

1

DPT 102

Kinesiology

4

Fall

1

PTR 101

Applied Exercise Physiology for Wellness and Health Promotion

3

Fall

1

PTR 102

Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy

1

Fall

1

DPT 105

Patient Care Skills

2

Fall

1

PTR 103

Research and Critical Inquiry

2

Fall

1

PHS 113

Pathophysiology for the Physical Therapist

3

Fall

1

DPT 110

Patient Assessment

3

Spring

1

DPT 115

Therapeutic Exercise

3

Spring

1

DPT 108

Professional Seminar I

2

Spring

1

PTR 104

Functional Neuroanatomy for the Physical Therapist

4

Spring

1

DPT 221

Orthopedic Physical Therapy  I

3

Spring

1

DPT 116

Learning Theories for Clinical Practice

2

Spring

1

PAS 110

Law for Physical Therapists

1

Spring

1

DPT 109

Motor Control and Motor Learning

2

Spring

1

DPT 400

Comp Exam (written)

0

Summer

2

DPT 203

Therapeutic Agents

2

Summer

2

DPT 501

Clinical Education I (6 weeks)

6

Summer

2

DPT 201

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making I

1

Fall

2

DPT 222

Orthopedic Physical Therapy II

3

Fall

2

PTR 201

Clinical Imaging

1

Fall

2

DPT 111

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

4

Fall

2

DPT 204

Pediatric Physical Therapy

2

Fall

2

DPT 118

Neurologic Physical Therapy I

3

Fall

2

PTR 202

Pharmacological Considerations for Physical Therapy Practice

2

Spring

2

DPT 223

Orthopedic Physical Therapy III

3

Spring

2

DPT 205

Geriatric Physical Therapy

2

Spring

2

DPT 206

Prosthetics and Orthotics

2

Spring

2

DPT 207

Neurologic Physical Therapy II

4

Spring

2

PTR 203

Administration and Management of Physical Therapy Practice

2

Spring

2

DPT 301

Special Topics

2

Spring

2

DPT 401

Comp Exam (written)

0

Summer

3

DPT 502

Clinical Education II (8 weeks)

8

Summer

3

DPT 211

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making II

1

Fall

3

DPT 212

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making III

1

Fall

3

DPT 200

Pain Neuroscience

2

Fall

3

DPT 215

Community Wellness and Health Promotion

2

Fall

3

DPT 210

Complementary and Integrative Therapies

1

Fall

3

DPT 214

Professional Seminar II

1

Fall

3

DPT 503

Clinical Education III (8 weeks)

8

Spring

3

DPT 213

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making IV

2

Spring

3

DPT 216

Professional Seminar III

2

Spring

3

DPT 504

Clinical Education IV (12 weeks)

12

 

 

 

PROGRAM TOTAL

123

Students integrate and apply didactic knowledge from the classroom through clinical practice experiences in a variety of settings. Students learn to interact with patients/clients, families, caregivers, and other members of the health-care team under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

The clinical education experiences are 34 weeks in total and begin in the second year of the program during the second half of the summer semester. Students are immersed in six weeks of clinical education. The first clinical is followed by three experiences in the third year of the program (i.e., eight weeks, eight weeks, and 12 weeks).

St. John’s has established clinical sites agreements with more than 50 sites that include a variety of practice settings, including medical centers, hospital systems, rehabilitation facilities, private practices, and many more. Each student is provided experiences in a variety of clinical practice settings to ensure and promote entry-level competency as a generalist in physical therapy practice upon graduation. Students will also be provided an opportunity to interface with the Athletic Department at St. John’s.

Below is a list of current clinical affiliations for the program. For a full list of all clinical affiliates for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, please visit the Clinical Affiliations page.

Practice Name/CompanyCityState
Advance Physical TherapyValley StreamNY
Advanced S.P.O.R.T.S.Fresh MeadowsNY
Catholic Services of Long IslandMelville NY
Enhanced Physical TherapyMineolaNY
Fairview Rehab and Nursing HomeForest HillsNY
Form and Function Physical TherapyJerichoNY
Garden Care CenterFranklin SquareNY
In Motion Physical Therapy of NYFarmingdaleNY
IVY RehabWhite Plains NY
Jag-One Physical TherapyNorth WoodbridgeNJ
Madison PTBrooklynNY
Manhattanville Rehabilitation CenterBronxNY
Marathon Physical TherapyGreat NeckNY
Masefield & Cavallaro Physical TherapyBrooklynNY
Metro Physical & TherapyGarden CityNY
Motion PT Management IncNew YorkNY
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital & Mount Sinai West HospitalNew YorkNY
New Age Physical TherapyFlushingNY
New Dimensions Physical TherapyManhassetNY
NY Physical Therapy & WellnessValley StreamNY
New York Presbyterian - Brooklyn MethodistBrooklynNY
New York Presbyterian - QueensFlushingNY
New York Sports and Spinal Physical TherapyScarsdaleNY
North Shore University ManhassetNY
OrthologyLake SuccessNY
Pegasus Physcial Therapy, P.C.HauppaugeNY
Performax Physical Therapy and WellnessDeer ParkNY
Physical Therapy Options, P.C.Garden cityNY
PhysioElements Physical TherapyManhassetNY
PRO Motion Physical Therapy P.C.NewburghNY
Professional Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, PCUniondaleNY
ProMet Physical Therapy PCGlendaleNY
Recovery Physical TherapyNew YorkNY
Regeis Care CenterBronxNY
SPEAR Physical TherapyNew YorkNY
Spectum Physical Therapy and ChiropracticLevittownNY
Sprain Brook Manor RehabilitationScarsdaleNY
St. Mary's Hospital for Children BaysideNY
Strategic Physical TherapyFloral ParkNY
Westchester Center for Rehabilitation and NursingMount VernonNY

Additional Information

Minimal Technical Standards for Matriculation 

The DPT program at St. John’s University does not discriminate against qualified people with disabilities in the admissions process. Students are required to meet the DPT program minimal technical standards for matriculation with or without reasonable accommodations. These policies are consistent with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973* and apply throughout the duration of the curriculum.

Minimal technical standards may vary at clinical sites, which may not be willing or able to provide the same accommodations as provided by the program. Students with questions should call the Admission Office or the Chair of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Curriculum Committee, who can be reached at 718-990-1417.

* Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act requires that qualified individuals with a disability shall not, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities or be subjected to discrimination. The term “qualified individual with a disability” refers to an individual, who with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or for participation in programs or activities.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and the American Physical Therapy Association Standards of Practice have identified the following fundamental skills as necessary for clinical practice:

  • Clinical reasoning, clinical decision-making, and problem-solving skills based upon visual, verbal, tactile, and written information that can be demonstrated within a timeframe that is reasonable in clinical practice
  • Insight and judgment necessary for the safety of all stakeholders
  • Activities that require visual-spatial and perceptual-motor integration
  • Repetitive motions and/or frequent lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 20 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, pushing, pulling, and/or moving of 20–300 pounds with or without assistance of another person or mechanical device
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Time management skills to coordinate didactic and clinical requirements
  • Handle situations appropriately that may be physically, emotionally, or intellectually stressful, and must display appropriate coping response
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and constructive criticism in a mature, professional manner
  • Display compassion and concern for others

The DPT program faculty have identified the following cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and abilities as necessary for successful matriculation and completion of both the didactic and clinical portions of the curriculum:

Students must be able to observe classroom demonstrations, read examinations and written and illustrated material, and view supplemental teaching materials in the classroom, clinic, and on the internet. The student must be able to read and discriminate research evidence and findings on patient examination and diagnostic tests. The student must be able to observe and differentiate facial expressions, signs and symptoms of illness, disability and disease, patient’s body structure and function, and activities and participation in functional activities from both the Gestalt and detailed perspectives.

Students must be able to speak, hear, and observe patients to elicit information, and perceive and communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and nonverbally with patients, families, caregivers, students, faculty, and other members of the health-care team with sensitivity, empathy, and compassion. Students must learn to recognize and respond to emotions of others in a socially appropriate and professional manner. Students must also be able to read and communicate effectively orally, electronically, and in writing to comprehend, analyze, share, and debate large volumes of written material. 

Students must have sufficient sensory and motor ability to see, hear, and feel sensory input and to be able to elicit information from patients, families, caregivers, and members of the health-care team. Students must be able to conduct components of a physical examination and to administer physical therapy interventions to optimize a patient’s movements and function. They must have sufficient strength, muscle tone, coordination, postural control, and endurance to be able to teach and assist patients in performing functional activities. Sensory-motor requirements include teaching exercise, facilitating and providing resistance to movements, lifting, transferring, and assisting patients in performing functional activities, including ambulation on level and unlevel surfaces and up and down from the floor. 

Students must be able to self-reflect and critically assess their thoughts and actions to be an effective physical therapist. They must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and spatial relationships and apply these skills to patient care. Students must be able to calculate, select, prioritize, plan, analyze, synthesize, and integrate information pertinent to patient care and the practice of physical therapy. They must be able to think critically, develop clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, solve complex patient cases and design evidence-based, effective interventions for patients. They must be able to work effectively, within a reasonable time period in the classroom and clinical setting, individually and in collaboration with students, faculty, patients, families, caregivers, and other members of the health-care team.

Students must have the emotional health to fully use his/her/their intellectual ability. They must consistently behave in a manner consistent with the Core Valuesof St. John’s University, the APTA, and APTA Code of Ethicsduring all interactions and social situations inside and outside of class, including on electronic and social media. They must also behave in a manner that is consistent with the St. John’s University Student Code of Conductthrough embodiment of honesty, integrity, good judgment, and promoting a culture of kindness. Students must be able to sustain effective, collaborative interpersonal relationships with patients, students, faculty, and other members of the health-care team. They must be organized, flexible, and able to meet all didactic and clinical responsibilities in a timely fashion. Students must be able to tolerate emotional and physical stress and still function effectively and they must be receptive and willing to modify their behavior based upon constructive criticism. 

Graduate Performance and Employment Data

Graduation Rate

The first cohort of students are expected to graduate in May 2024. The graduation rate for each cohort will be posted annually within two months of cohort graduation.

National Physical Therapy Examination Pass Rate

The pass rate of graduates on the National Physical Therapy Examination will be posted annually on this website.

Employment Data

The graduate employment rate will be posted annually on this website.

Career Outcomes

The graduate career outcomes will be posted annually on this website.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028—faster than the average for all occupations. 

 

Unique Features and Qualities of St. John’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • State-of-the-art technology is incorporated into the curriculum, including smart classrooms, an Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table for anatomy and other courses. All students can access Complete Anatomy learning platform.
  • Newly renovated and dedicated DPT facilities and classroom; equips with Cardon Treatment Tables, Landice Rehabilitation Treadmill, strengthening and therapeutic exercise equipment, and supplies.
  • St. John’s is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse universities in the nation. 
  • This program offers diverse clinical experiences throughout the NY metropolitan and Long Island regions, and an opportunity for students to interface with the Athletics Department and Division I sports teams at St. John’s University.

Licensure Requirements

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, each graduate must successfully complete the licensing requirements, which will include specific examination(s), in the State(s) in which he/she chooses to practice. 

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.

New York State Education Department Office of Professions

For full details on licensure requirements within New York State, please visit http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt/ptlic.htm#pt

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)

The FSPBT develops, maintains, and administers the NPTE for two reasons:

1) To help ensure that only those individuals who have the requisite knowledge of physical therapy are licensed in the physical therapy field.
2) To help regulatory authorities evaluate candidates and provide standards that are comparable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Purpose of the NPTE

The examinations are designed to assess your basic entry-level competence after graduation from an accredited program or from an equivalent non-accredited program.

Visit the FSBPT Web site www.fsbpt.org/NPTE  for additional information about these examinations, including examination content outlines, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The first cohort of students is expected to graduate in May 2024, therefore the first available eligibility for the first cohort's graduates to sit for NPTE is July 2024. Actual examination date is dependent solely on the FSBPT. Please visit the following page for most up to date examination dates administered by FSBPT. NPTE Dates

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Teresa Miller, PT, MS, Ph.D.

Program Director and Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Department of Clinical Health Professions
St. Augustine Hall, B40
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (718) 990-8457
 

 

St. John's Office of Graduate Admission

Deirdre C. Murphy

Associate Director of Graduate Admission

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, NY 11439

Phone: (718) 990-5736

Email: [email protected]

 

*** AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021, THE PROPOSED PROGRAM HAS NOT RECEIVED AN APPROVAL FROM THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THEREFORE APPLICATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE ***

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