Daemen’s Physical Therapy program allows students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 6 years.

Program Highlights

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.

  • First-year students enrolled as a Physical Therapy major (B.S., NS/D.P.T.) are guaranteed admission to the professional phase of the program, provided they achieve academic standards and departmental requirements--promoting collaboration among students and immediate exposure to the team-based approach of physical therapy.
  • Students have access to a variety of clinical experiences—local, national and international—at over 400 clinical sites.
  • Students are trained by experts in the field. All core faculty teach, practice, and conduct research in their area of specialty, including: orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, tissue mechanics, sports medicine, vestibular, and wound healing.
  • Students engage in faculty-mentored clinical-based research for over a year which culminates in a poster presentation at Academic Festival and a platform presentation at a Research Symposium.
  • 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.

In the first three years, students take Daemen’s core curriculum along with physical therapy related courses to prepare them for the professional phase of the program. For the last three years, students take the traditional hands-on professional phase courses. At the end of the fourth year, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science with a Health Science Specialization and a minor in Biology. Students will continue on for two additional years and earn their Doctor in Physical Therapy.

Students may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (B.S., NS/D.P.T.)  program as freshmen or transfers.

Career Options

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


Schenck Hall Physical Therapy Lab

For more information about the Physical Therapy program, contact Greg Ford PT DPT PhD OCS, Chair of the Physical Therapy Department, at gford@daemen.edu or call 716-839-8345.