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Department of Physical Therapy
Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center, Room 201

  718-488-1063
  bkln-dpt@liu.edu

Physical Therapy


The physical therapist is a health care professional with expertise in the assessment and treatment of movement disorders, who provides therapeutic health care services to individuals in the form of rehabilitative or preventive interventions related to movement dysfunction.

Essential participants in the health care delivery system, physical therapists practice in hospitals, outpatient and inpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, academia, research centers, schools, hospices, industrial and occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities. They also play important roles in developing standards for physical therapist practice and in developing health care policy to ensure availability, accessibility and optimal delivery of physical therapy services.

The professional-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program at LIU Brooklyn prepares autonomous practitioners who can provide a full range of physical therapy services, including screening and referral, evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, consultation and education in diverse health care settings.

Admissions Process

All applicants must apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS):  www.ptcas.org.  For information regarding our admission’s process, requirements, and deadlines, please visit our PTCAS program page at http://www.ptcas.org/ptcas/public/Listing.aspx?seqn=256

Physical Therapy Scholars Award Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a professional entry-level degree program for students seeking a career as a physical therapist. The DPT program has been designed to prepare highly competent professionals to act as autonomous practitioners in health care settings that include direct access by the public to physical therapy services. Graduates will be prepared to provide a full range of physical therapy services including screening and referral, evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, consultation and education.

The DPT program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and is registered with the New York State Education Department. It is a 3-year, full-time program that spans over 11 academic terms and includes 35 weeks of clinical education. The program is a clinical doctorate that requires candidates to possess a baccalaureate degree upon entrance. 

The DPT program enables the graduate to:

  • Value individual diversity and respect the human dignity of patients, family members and professional associates
  • Provide physical therapy services as an autonomous practitioner, who is able to competently serve as a point of entry to, and collaborate within, the health care environment
  • Integrate theory, academic knowledge and clinical skills to practice physical therapy within the complexities of the current health care environment
  • Assess the physical therapy or health care needs of a patient; establish optimum patient outcomes based on examination, evaluation, diagnosis and prognosis; and plan and implement interventions to address the identified needs
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with patients, families, colleagues, policy makers, reimbursement representatives and community members
  • Apply critical thinking strategies and self-directed learning to the role of physical therapist
  • Pursue and apply knowledge of the underlying science on which physical therapy practice is based
  • Understand the contributing economic, medical, cultural and psychosocial issues that impact delivery of health care services

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The Doctor of Physical Therapy within the School of Health Professions at LIU Brooklyn 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: http://www.capteonline.org.

Student Outcomes

  • 3-year NPTE pass rate (2011-2013): 100%
  • 3-year graduation rate (2011-2013): 84.4%
  • 6-month employment rate: (2011-2013) 100%

Curriculum

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curricular coursework includes:

  • A three year, 118 credit full time entry-level degree program that spans over 11 academic terms.
  • A clinical education model including 35 weeks of full-time clinical experience in diverse practice settings. Students are required to complete their clinical experiences in an acute care, inpatient, outpatient, and elective settings. Faculty are involved throughout these clinical experiences to foster professional development and clinical reasoning skills.

In order for a student to progress within the program, students must: 1) complete each course with a grade of “C” or better; 2) attain a semester grade-point average of 2.75 or greater throughout the program.

Please note that a “B” average or a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade-point average is required for awarding of the graduate degree for any graduate certificate.

Click here to download  the DPT Curriculum – Department of Physical Therapy.

Admissions Requirements

All requirements must be fulfilled prior to Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the start date of the program. Applicants to the DPT program must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in any major
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • Have successfully completed the following prerequisite science courses with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and no grades lower than C:*
  • — 1 semester of general biology with lab (designed for science majors; at least 4 credits)

    — 2-semester sequence of general chemistry with lab (designed for science or health-related majors; at least 4 credits each)

    — 2-semester sequence of general physics with lab (designed for science or health-related majors; at least 4 credits each)

    — 1 semester of human anatomy or part 1 of a 2-semester sequence of combined anatomy-physiology (at least 4 credits; lab required)

    — 1 semester of human physiology or part 2 of a 2-semester sequence of combined anatomy-physiology (at least 3 credits; lab preferred, but not required for human physiology; lab required for combined anatomy-physiology)

    — 1 semester of statistics (at least 3 credits)

  • Submit an official score report for the GRE revised general test.** The minimum composite (verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning) score is 290 for the GRE revised general test.
  • Provide evidence of a minimum of 36 hours of work experience in 2 different physical therapy settings, including an inpatient and an outpatient setting, with at least 18 hours in each setting.
  • Submit two completed recommendation forms (available at www.PTCAS.org after starting the PTCAS application – see below):
  • — One from a physical therapist

    — One from an academic reference

  • Submit an application for the DPT Program through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (http://www.ptcas.org)

NOTE: A PTCAS APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED. We only review official transcripts of applicants that have applied to us that have been submitted, verified and received by us through PTCAS. 

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION TO THE PTCAS

The Department of Physical Therapy at LIU Brooklyn participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. In addition to submitting an application for admission to LIU Brooklyn, those applying to the DPT program for the 2015 entering class must: 

Visit www.ptcas.org to begin the PTCAS application process

Read the instructions available at the PTCAS Web site carefully

Select "Login to PTCAS" to complete the application process

Select “Long Island University – Brooklyn campus” as a designated physical therapy program 

All international and non-native applicants must take the TOEFL examination. The minimum total score accepted is 79 on the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 for the paper-based test. All international students who attended colleges and universities outside of the United States will need to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) by an accepted international credential evaluation agency. To view accepted agencies, please download the accepted credential evaluator’s list.

All applications will be reviewed and screened. Quality applicants will be notified and scheduled for an interview.

*Due to the fact that basic sciences form the foundation for clinical decisions by physical therapists, proficiency in all prerequisite science courses is paramount. In addition to an applicant's ability to demonstrate competency in the critical science disciplines, the Admissions Committee takes into consideration their ability to do so without having to repeat courses. As a result, applicants must be aware that while a minimum grade of C or better is mandatory for each and every science prerequisite, the Admissions Committee also reviews an "average" science grade for any prerequisite course taken multiple times. In addition, online courses are not accepted to fulfill any of the course prerequisites. All course prerequisites must be college-level courses. Advanced placement courses are subject to review and approval. Any science prerequisite course taken more than 10 years prior to the application will not be accepted.

**Visit www.gre.org  for more information about the GRE revised general test. The LIU Brooklyn Physical Therapy Department code is 0333 which is needed for the PTCAS to receive your GRE results. Applicants applying for the early decision cycle must have taken the GRE general test by July 31, 2016. All others must have taken the GRE revised general test by March 1, 2017.

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR 2015 ENTRANCE

 

Application Deadline for 2017

Note

Early Decision

August 15, 2016

Applicants must:

— fulfill all application requirements prior to Monday, July 5, 2017

— have at least 4 science prerequisite courses completed by the end of Summer 2016

— have the GRE general test or the GRE revised general test taken by July 31, 2016.

Regular Decision

March 1, 2017

Applicants must:

— fulfill all application requirements prior to Wednesday, July 5, 2017

— have the GRE general test or the GRE revised general test taken by March 1, 2017.

— This is a firm deadline. The application process will be closed after March 1, 2017.

THIS IS A FIRM DEADLINE. THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BE CLOSED AFTER MARCH 1, 2017.

Please NOTE:  We have a rolling admissions process which occurs throughout the application cycle.  The application portal through PTCAS OPENs every July.

Faculty and Staff

  • Ellen Godwin, PT, PhD, PCS, Department Chair, Associate Professor
  • Lisa Bradley, PT, DPT, MSW, Director of PT Enrollment and Accreditation Management, Assistant Professor
  • Christiana Kahl Collins, PT, PhD, NCS, CFMT, Assistant Professor
  • Megan Freeland, PT, DPT, PCS, Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
  • Kathleen Lieu, PT, DPT, CLT, Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
  • Peggy Lyman, PT, DPT, NCS, Associate Professor
  • Michael Masaracchio, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, Coordinator of Anatomy Lab, Associate Professor
  • Rebecca States, PhD, Professor
  • Rosa Elena Torres- Panchame, PT, DPT, OCS, Assistant Professor
  • Yovanka Dacosta, M.S.Ed, BCE, Assistant to the Chair
  • Mary Maloney, Senior Secretary

Resources and Facilities

Teaching Laboratory

Teaching labs with treatment tables and audio-visual equipment.  Students work together in groups to apply and practice examination, intervention, and other hands-on clinical skills with each other. 



Physical Therapy Research Lab

The Physical Therapy Research Lab is a 1,200 square-foot facility located on the 2nd floor of the Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center. It is used for research projects in the areas of:

  • Clinical assessment of gait and other functional activities
  • Reliability and validity of clinical instruments
  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Alternative therapies
  • Motor control

Anatomy Laboratory

The human anatomy cadaver lab is located on the lower level of the pharmacy building. The facility is used primarily for the dissection of human cadavers. The physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy students use the laboratory to master the study of human anatomy. The laboratory is equipped with models and books to enhance student learning. In addition, a camera system with two 70-inch screens has been installed to further student learning by enhancing visualization of detailed anatomical structures.

Center for Physical Rehabilitation

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, part of LIU Brooklyn, Department of Physical Therapy, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of physical therapy services to the LIU Brooklyn community as well as to residents of the surrounding community.

Physical Therapy Scholars Award

LIU Brooklyn awards merit-based annual scholarships of $10,000 to full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy students.
Physical Therapy Scholars Award Program

Why Study Physical Therapy at LIU Brooklyn?

  • Learn the unique urban health care environment and needs of clients in NYC.
  • Earn hands-on experience while contributing to the wellness of the community in our Center for Physical Rehabilitation.
  • Clinical placements and internships at top sports and healthcare industry affiliates.
  • Nationally recognized faculty who are professional and academic leaders in the field.

CONTACT

School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean
Ph.D., FASAHP

718-780-6578
Barry.Eckert@liu.edu