Message from the Chair: Physical Therapy

Message from the Chair

Cheryl Hall                            

Welcome to the New York Tech Program in Physical Therapy. Our program began as a Bachelor’s degree program in 1998, but in 2003, we graduated our first class of Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT). Since the inception of the program, New York Tech has been providing contemporary education to its students, preparing them for a career in the dynamic, growing field of Physical Therapy.

Maintaining the emphasis of ethical clinical practice as put forth by the APTA, the principles of life-long learning through evidence-based practice and contemporary practice standards, the New York Tech DPT graduate is prepared to thrive in the modern and evolving health care environment. Integrating these principles and in keeping with the philosophy of New York Tech and the School of Health Professions, our mission statement is as follows:

"To offer suitably qualified applicants a physical therapy program that prepares skilled, knowledgeable, adaptable, culturally sensitive, and technologically innovative clinicians, scientists, and researchers."

Our experienced DPT faculty are recognized clinicians, educators, and researchers. They come to New York Tech from diverse clinical backgrounds, possessing a variety of clinical specialties and enthusiastic to share their knowledge and clinical expertise with our students. Our students participate in a variety of learning experiences. High impact practice activities with our off-site clinical faculty partners bring students into the clinical environment to gain valuable experiences with hands-on learning. Our core and adjunct faculty develop on-site opportunities in our state-of-the-art biomechanics lab, patient simulation lab, the Institute for Clinical Competence and the Center for Sports Medicine, as well as experiences in research and global health care delivery. These real-world experiences prepare our students to meet the challenges of the modern world, not only, here, at home, but in the global community as well.

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with necessary clinical and critical thinking skills to care for the "whole person." Through didactic study in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment interventions, health promotion and injury prevention that complement 36-weeks of clinical education experiences, our graduates are well-positioned to take on the roles and responsibilities in their world.

Our student cohort is made up of 40 students from around the country and abroad, and because the cohorts remain together for the duration of their DPT education, life-long friendships are the rule rather than the exception.

When our graduates seek additional training and specialization, we offer a postgraduate Orthopedic Residency Program, which provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills in the area of orthopedic physical therapy. Following this intense one-year training program, the residency graduate is prepared to take the specialist examination to be recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in Orthopedics (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, OCS).

Please contact us if we can answer any questions or provide you with further assistance. We look forward to welcoming you to the New York Tech DPT family.

Cheryl Hall, PT, D.H.Sc., M.B.A.
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy


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Cheryl Hall, Department Chair

Rosemary Gallagher, Department Admissions Coordinator

Maria Severance, Senior Specialist