Department of Physical Therapy

Message from the Chair

Karen Friel                            

Welcome to the NYIT Department of Physical Therapy. We graduated our first class of physical therapists in 2000, and since then have continued to serve the educational needs of physical therapy students and practicing therapists.

The guiding principles of the program, reflective of the Vision Statement of the APTA, echo current practice trends and ethical standards, including the need for an evidence-based practice and the development of well-rounded practitioners. Our mission statement, in keeping with the mission of NYIT and the School of Health Professions, 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 program will prepare you for the dynamic environment of today’s health care system, and includes training in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention, as well as the critically important areas of wellness and prevention. You will also have the opportunity to be engaged in community outreach, global health experiences, and research to better prepare you to meet the ever-changing needs of a complex global society.

Our doctorally-prepared faculty will guide you through your educational journey and prepare you to assume the roles and responsibilities of being a highly skilled and sought-after physical therapy professional. As a D.P.T. student, you will have opportunities to work in the biomechanics lab, the patient simulation lab, the Institute for Clinical Competence, and the Center for Sports Medicine. As a student in our program, you will have available to you over 250 clinical affiliation sites to hone your skills and gain practical hands-on experience applying classroom knowledge to clinical settings. You will be a member of a class of 40 students from all over the country and learn cultural competencies from being in an ethnically-diverse academic setting.

In addition, our postgraduate accredited Orthopedic Residency Program provides licensed physical therapists with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the dynamic arena of orthopedic physical therapy, to better prepare the residency graduate to meet the demands of the rigorous specialist certification examination to become an OCS.

Find out more at our D.P.T. Virtual Information Session on May 2

Please contact us for further information, so we can help you begin on your path to becoming another successful NYIT DPT graduate.

Karen Friel, PT, D.H.S.
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy


Contact Us

Long Island

Karen Friel, Department Chair
500 Building, room 501

Maria Gerard, Administrative Assistant

Rosemary Gallagher, Department Admissions Coordinator