Social Sciences

Physical Therapy / Psychology

Collaboration program with New York Medical College  (4+3)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Mount
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College

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Modern physical therapists are prepared to treat patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly. Their work is performed in settings as diverse as outpatient clinics, schools, and specialized departments within hospitals.

Within the context of today’s health care system, physical therapists are specialized in examining and treating individuals with impairment of their daily lives as a result of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems. To prepare for the demands of such a profession, students must attend a postgraduate program of Physical Therapy. Upon successful completion of that program, they are required to pass a national examination and be licensed in the state in which they wish to practice.

Physical Therapy / Psychology at the Mount

The Physical Therapy program offered at the Mount consists of two parts. Students who complete the program will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College (NYMC).

In this 4+3 program, students will complete their bachelor’s degree at the Mount while taking the prerequisite courses for entrance into the Physical Therapy program at NYMC. Upon meeting the requirements of the program, candidates will apply to NYMC. After successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a doctorate from NYMC. For further information on their Physical Therapy program, visit the NYMC website

Program requirements

  • Three courses in Biology, including Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 1030 & BIO 1040 and one upper-level course in Biology: Microbiology or Pathophysiology)
  • Two courses in Chemistry (CHM 1050 & CHM 1060 with lab)
  • Two courses in Physics (PHY 1010 & PHY 1020 with lab)
  • Two courses in Psychology 
  • One course in Mathematics
  • One course in Statistics

The remaining course requirements are those for the bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Mount.

Students must also demonstrate computer literacy and have acquired 50 hours of on-site volunteer observational experience in a physical therapy setting of which 20 hours must be in an acute care/hospital environment. Candidates must also be certified in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. After these requirements are met, the student then applies and interviews for admission into the Physical Therapy program at New York Medical College.

Where Mount students have interned

Physical therapy offices in the region, local hospitals and facilities dealing with physical therapy patients.

Career Options

The Physical Therapy program at the Mount is designed to prepare students for admittance into postgraduate programs in Physical Therapy.

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.*

*US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2015

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