Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Physical Therapy (DPT)

 

School of Health Sciences

Dean: Marcus Tye, PhD

Building 5S, Room 212

Telephone: 718.982.3690

Chair: Professor Zaghloul Ahmed, PT PhD

Building (5N), Room 207

Email: zaghloul.ahmed@csi.cuny.edu

Fax: 718.982.2984

Program Mission 

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the College of Staten Island, the only physical therapy program in Staten Island, is to prepare graduates to become competent physical therapists that restore and improve the health and well-being of individuals in our community, and the world. The program is committed to excellence in education, research, leadership, and service. To fulfill this commitment we foster a collegial, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment. Our program prepares graduates to apply evidence to provide efficient and effective care. We train graduates in pre-clinical and clinical research to instill the skills necessary for their lasting scholarship and innovation to advance the profession of physical therapy.

Program Overview 

The clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to prepare graduates to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and intervene in the management of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems. The College of Staten Island will admit students to the program for the semester of each academic year. All course work will take place at the college. Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree along with specified course prerequisites. The three-year curriculum requires 105 credits of graduate course work and completion of a capstone research project. Tuition rates and student fees are detailed on the CSI website for DPT students. 

Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

Who Are Physical Therapists?

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 ccording to the American Physical Therapy Association “Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. 

Physical Therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.  For more information:  http://www.apta.org/AboutPTs/.

Admission Requirements Requirements to the DPT Program

Applicants are required to meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution by the end of the spring semester prior to admission. We do not accept Online courses. The following prerequisite courses are required:   
    1. Two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology for science majors, with laboratories (within the past 10 years).  (Bio 150, 160 @ CSI)
    2. Two semesters of Physics for science majors, with laboratories (PHY 116 and PHY 156 @ CSI)
    3. Two semesters of Chemistry for science majors, with laboratories (CHM 141/CHM 121 and CHM 142/CHM 127 @ CSI)
    4. Two semesters of Psychology (including one semester of Developmental Psychology or Psychopathology) (PSY 100 and PSY 242 or PSY 202 @ CSI)
    5. One semester of Mathematics (pre-calculus or college algebra and trigonometry) (MTH 123 or MTH 130 @ CSI)
    6. One semester of Statistics (we recommend a course that includes computer applications), Statistics in Psychology is acceptable (BIO 272 or MTH 214 @ CSI)
    7. One semester of English composition (e.g., expository writing) (ENG 111 @ CSI)
  2. For applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries, a score of at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79-80 (Internet) on the TOEFL examination. (Taken within the past year)
  3. The application is available online. The deadline for submission is November 1st of every year. Students should plan to have all application materials completed by the November 1st  deadline. The department will accept GRE exams taken before the November deadline even if the scores don't arrive until December 1.  
  4. Two Clinical Experience Forms completed by a Physical Therapist are required to document clinical experience of at least 100 hours in the United States under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These experiences should be in different settings. A minimum of 50 hours in a hospital (or sub-acute) setting are required with the remainder at a different practice settings (e.g., private practice). 
  5. All prerequisite requirements must be met by the end of the Spring semester immediately preceding the start date of the program.  Please utilize this DPT Evaluation form when applying and for your own personal tracking of your progress.

Note: While a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is the minimum to apply to the DPT program, due to the competitiveness of the program, this does not assure admission to the program.

Applications to the DPT Program

Applicants to the DPT Program must complete the information online on the website and select the correct drop down boxes on the application form. The application is available at online.

 

DPT Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all required coursework as outlined in curriculum table with cumulative GPA at or above 3.0
  2. Complete, as a group, a Capstone research project that is related to physical therapy. This includes the following: data acquisition, data analysis, and development of a capstone manuscript. Defend their Capstone research project to the departmental faculty and present their project to the community either orally or as a poster.
  3. Obtain faculty advisor approval of your group research project final document.
  4. Complete two full days of educational experiences. This requirement can be fulfilled through participation in professional development courses, attending American Physical Therapy Association state and national conferences, presentation of research at state and national conferences, completion of faculty-approved independent study, etc. Courses in different concentrations of PT are recommended.  
  5. Document and submit proof of participation in no less than 2 significant community outreach activities.  Students should keep a log of all their volunteer experiences and educational experience courses.  These logs should also show proof of the student’s 2 days of educational experiences.  Exemplary performance may lead to recognition at the Program’s Graduation ceremony.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

The design of this curriculum is based on a strong, proven record of educating competent clinicians who practice within the widely diverse scope of physical therapy practice. The three-year DPT program will require 106 credits of graduate course work within the Physical Therapy curriculum. Thirty-four weeks of full-time clinical internships are included within the curriculum.

Summer Year One

PHT 701Clinical Anatomy

4

PHT 702Medical Terminology

1

Fall Year One

PHT 703Foundations of Patient Care

2

PHT 704Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

2

PHT 705Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

2

PHT 706Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

2

PHT 720Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

4

PHT 770Evidence-Based Research and Applied Statistics

1

PHT 780Clinical Medicine for Physical Therapy

3

PHT 800Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

1

Spring Year One

PHT 710PHT 710 Research Design

2

PHT 730Structure and Function of the Nervous System

3

PHT 740PT Interventions and Preventions

4

PHT 750Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

3

PHT 760Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

2

PHT 801Pulmonary PT

2

PHT 805Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions I

2

Summer Year Two

PHT 795Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

1

PHT 802Clinical Education: Education Theories

2

PHT 808Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

1

Fall Year Two

PHT 803Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

2

PHT 804Introduction to Neurological PT

2

PHT 806Clinical Affiliation I

3

PHT 809Thesis I

1

PHT 810Neurological Interventions I

3

PHT 811Cardiac Rehabilitation

2

PHT 850Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions II

3

Spring Year Two

PHT 807Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

1

PHT 830Orthotics & Prosthetics

2

PHT 840Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

3

PHT 860Clinical Research and Health Informatics

1

PHT 870Health Promotion

2

PHT 882Pediatric Development

2

PHT 884Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions III

3

PHT 888Thesis II

1

Summer Year Three

PHT 886Clinical Affiliation II

4.5

Fall Year Three

PHT 820Radiology and Imaging

3

PHT 872Topics In Physical Therapy

1

PHT 880Abnormal Pediatric Development and Assessment

2

PHT 881Seminar on Organization and Management

3

PHT 883Pharmacology and Systems Review

3

PHT 885Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis

2

PHT 887Clinical Decision Making

1

PHT 900Thesis III

1

PHT 901Acute Care Physical Therapy

1

Spring Year Three

PHT 889Clinical Affiliation III

5

PHT 890Clinical Affiliation IV

4.5

Total Credit Hours: 106