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.

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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.

School NameTypeLive ClassesOn-Campus RequirementsTime to Complete
Allen CollegeHybridSomeTwice per term3 years
Arcadia University (Sponsored)HybridYesUnspecified2 years
Baylor University HybridSomeTwice per semester2 years
Nova Southeastern University HybridSomeEvery 4th week4 years
South College HybridNoQuarterly2 years
Tufts UniversityHybridSomeEight visits2 years
University of Southern California (Sponsored)HybridYesUp to twice per semester3 years
University of St. Augustine HybridSomeTwice per month4 years

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:

ProgramCityTime to CompleteGPA Requirement
Clarkson UniversityPotsdam2.5 years3.2
College of Staten IslandStaten Island3 yearsUnknown
Columbia UniversityNew York3 years3.0
Daemen CollegeAmherst3 years2.8
Dominican College of BlauveltOrangeburg4 years3.0
D’Youville CollegeBuffalo3 years3.0
Hunter CollegeNew York3 yearsUnknown
Ithaca CollegeIthaca3 yearsUnknown
Long Island University BrooklynBrooklyn3 years3.0
Marist CollegePoughkeepsie3 years3.0
Mercy CollegeNew York4 years3.0
Nazareth College of RochesterRochester3 years3.0
New York Institute of TechnologyNew York3 years3.0
New York Medical CollegeValhalla3 years3.0
New York UniversityNew York3 years3.0
Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook3 years3.0
SUNY BuffaloBuffalo3 years3.0
SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuse3 yearsUnknown
The Sage CollegesAlbany3 years3.3
Touro CollegeBay Shore3 years3.0
Utica CollegeUtica3 years3.2

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