Physical Therapy

Daemen College Physical Therapy has a solid history

Our physical therapy program has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its beginning in 1974 with first time pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) at or above both New York state and national averages and a current Three Year Weighted Average Ultimate Pass Rate of 100%.

Daemen College is the first small liberal arts college in New York State accredited to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.

In over 35 years of physical therapy education experience we have graduated more than 2500 physical therapists.

Read about the mission, philosophy and goals of the Physical Therapy Department.

Points of Interest to Potential Applicants

At Daemen, students can earn a Bachelor's degree in Natural Science (BS, NS - Health Science Specialization and Biology minor) at the completion of four years and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) at the completion of six years.

As freshman enrolled in the Physical Therapy major (BS,NS/DPT), students are guaranteed admission to the professional phase of the program provided they achieve academic standards and departmental requirements.

Students may also pursue admission into the Physical Therapy major through change of major, transfer application or direct entry application (students with an earned baccalaureate degree in a related field) with the selection process for student admission into the professional phase of the program based on academic standards, departmental requirements, and space availability.

Students have access to a variety of clinical experiences--local, national and international--at over 300 clinical sites.

Students study with dedicated faculty, all of whom teach, practice, and conduct research in a variety of areas including orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, tissue

mechanics, sports medicine, vestibular, and wound healing.

Opportunities abound for students to work closely with faculty throughout the program, including participation in research activities.

Career options are extensive for physical therapists in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, rehabilitation centers, schools, athletic facilities, and more.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers several different programs:

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Department Chair

Greg Ford PT DPT PhD OCS

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program offers the first professional degree and prepares students to sit for the licensure examination and enter the profession of physical therapy as a new graduate.

Students may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS,NS/DPT) program as freshman or transfers.

Students already possessing a baccalaureate degree may apply to the direct entry Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Application deadline is February 1st of each year.

For further information about Transfer or Direct Entry application--contact Joe Pagano, Director of Graduate and Transfer Admissions at 716.839.8225 or

For further information about the Physical Therapy program--contact Greg Ford PT DPT PhD OCS, Chair of the Physical Therapy Department, at 716.839.8345 or

Fellowship Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

Program Director

Ronald J. Schenk PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT

The Daemen College Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program is pursuing credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association. Fellowship education will allow licensed therapists to achieve advanced psychomotor and analytical skills in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

Licensed physical therapists may apply to the the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship advanced certificate program by contacting Ronald Schenk PT PhD OCS FAAOMPT Cert. MDT, at 716-839-8360 or .

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