Stony Brook University Physical Therapy Program
100 Nichols Road Stony Brook University Level 2, Health Sciences Center Stony Brook NY 11794-8201 United States

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Program Description

The entry-level Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Stony Brook University is designed to prepare graduates to perform evidence-based practice in the current, exciting, and challenging healthcare environment. The program begins in mid-June of each year and continues on a full-time basis for three years, including summers. Stony Brook University offers the entry-level program at two locations: Stony Brook campus, Stony Brook, NY, and Stony Brook Southampton, Southampton, NY.  A strong foundation of the theory and practice of physical therapy is delivered by 15 faculty as well as a number of distinguished clinical adjunct faculty. 

The curriculum includes two case-based integrative units of study designed to develop clinical decision-making skills and prepare the student for clinical experience. Students complete 35 weeks of supervised clinical experience in four settings selected according to student interests from a wide variety of practice settings. The first 8 week clinical experience is a full-time experience after the first year of didactic education. The second 9 week clinical experience is full-time after the second year. Two final full-time clinical experiences, for 8 and 10 weeks, complete the student preparation for autonomous clinical practice. Upon May graduation, the student is eligible to sit for state licensure in July and is prepared to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Stony Brook University is known for excellence in education, a commitment to an active research environment, and one of the best teaching hospitals in the region. As part of the School of Health Professions, the DPT program strives to provide the highest quality education in a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, evidence-based practice, leadership, and professionalism for our graduates while affirming the importance of ethical behavior, human diversity, service, and a team approach to healthcare. Our Physical Therapy faculty utilizes the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance Lab (RRAMP) to engage in inter-professional research. This on-site facility is a 7,000-square-foot, fully equipped laboratory dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities, assessing athletic performance, and aiding recovery after disease or injury through the use of a state-of-the-art motion analysis system.

Stony Brook Campus

Located 60 miles east of New York City on the north shore of Long Island, the campus enjoys a picturesque setting amid the historic village of Stony Brook. The beaches of Long Island Sound are just minutes to the north and the Atlantic Ocean is 45 minutes to the south. The campus is easily accessible to public transportation to New York City which combines to make Stony Brook one of the most desirable places to live on the East Coast.

Stony Brook Southampton Campus

Since July 2013, the entry-level DPT program delivers the same quality education in the beautiful, serene setting of the Stony Brook Southampton campus. The classrooms and labs are located in the New Library--an award-winning green building. The proximity to the Shinnecock Bay and the Atlantic Ocean allows for many outdoor activities, such as kayaking, surfing, and biking. 

Applicants are given their choice of campus upon acceptance to the program.

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Employeesmore than 3000