Physical Therapy Programs in New York

There are many schools in New York that offer Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs – the completion of a DPT is required in order to become a physical therapist. Not only can New Yorkers take advantage of these on campus programs, they can also enroll in a few online/hybrid DPT programs that are offered nationwide.

Arcadia University

College of Health Sciences


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your DPT from a hybrid program. Experience on-campus immersions and apply skills learned online to patients in person. Complete the program in 25 months. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree but do not need to submit GRE test scores for admission.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
  • Complete in 25 months  
  • 32 weeks of in-person experience

University of Southern California (USC)

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

With USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, aspiring physical therapists can earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in an innovative hybrid format. Bachelor’s required.

  • Full-time, three-year program 
  • 44 weeks of rich, varied clinical experiences 
  • Regular visits to USC for on-campus, skill-building immersions


Should I Choose an On Campus or Online DPT Program?

When looking for the right DPT programs to apply to, you should be asking yourself if you want to complete your degree online or on campus. Both options are great for different reasons, and knowing your preference will help narrow down your options.

As of now, any DPT program offering online classes also has some in person requirements multiple times per semester- meaning that these programs are hybrid programs. Though the on-campus requirements exist, these programs still allow you to complete much more of your degree from the comfort of your own home. The benefit of a hybrid program is that you get the best of both worlds – an opportunity to connect with peers and faculty in real life as well as the flexibility that online courses offer you.

Not every hybrid program is the same. Some are delivered through live, synchronous courses that allow you to participate in real time and interact with your cohort via webcam – all helping you stay engaged. Asynchronous courses are completed on your own time and do not require you to attend live sessions – giving you more flexibility as to when you can view your lectures. You have to ask yourself what fits your needs most.

If you are looking for an on campus experience, there are several options for that in New York as well.

How Long Will a DPT Program Take?

A DPT program typically takes 3 years to complete, though there are some longer and shorter options available. For hybrid programs, programs may take a bit longer, but University of Southern California does offer a hybrid option that takes just 3 years. Most programs will be in a cohort format, which means you will take all of your classes with the same group of students, giving you the chance to make meaningful connections.

You can see the specific time to completion for all New York on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.

Online (Hybrid) DPT Programs in New York

The following are examples of hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Be sure to check with the school to see if they are authorized to operate in your state.

On Campus DPT Programs in New York

From New York City to Potsdam to Albany to Buffalo, New York state is littered with DPT programs:

Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in New York

To become a physical therapist in New York, you should consider these steps:

  1. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree – Look for Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited physical therapy programs, as this will be necessary for state certification.
  2. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – To do this, you will need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of New York.
  3. Get Licensed – Make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the New York State Board of Physical Therapy so that the state can issue your certification once you pass.

Last Updated: June 2020