The NYIT program in physical therapy is fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) until 2016.
NYIT's physical therapy graduate program provides entry-level professional education. The program is a 3 + 3 model, allowing for three years of pre-professional courses and a three-year professional phase. The program will grant a Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
Students who already possess a bachelor's degree and the specific required prerequisites can apply directly to the professional phase of the program contingent on space availability. The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Physical therapy promotes optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunctions. Physical therapy encompasses areas of specialized competence and includes the development of new principles and applications to more effectively meet existing and emerging health needs. Other professional activities that serve the purpose of physical therapy are research, education, consultation, and administration.
The mission statement of the Department of Physical Therapy is in keeping with the mission of NYIT and the mission of the School of Health Professions, Behavioral, and Life Sciences is as follows:
To offer suitably qualified students a Physical Therapy program that prepares skilled, knowledgeable, adaptable, culturally sensitive, and technologically innovative clinicians, scientists, and researchers.
The mission statement of physical therapist professional education prepared by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states:
The mission of physical therapist professional education is to graduate knowledgeable, self assured, adaptable, reflective, and service-oriented practitioners who, by virtue of critical thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning patient or client needs; promote the health of the client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations for practice. These practitioners contribute to society and the profession through practice, teaching administration, and the discovery and application of new knowledge about physical therapy.