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
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).
The typical program for most students will be a 4+3 program. In
this 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
Through a special agreement with NYMC, those students whose
academic performance is outstanding can apply for admission to NYMC
after attending only three years at Mount Saint Mary College. For
further information on their Physical Therapy program, visit the NYMC website.
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
- 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 a bachelor’s
degree in Psychology at the Mount.
To be eligible for our special admissions agreement with NYMC,
students must earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in their freshman
year and after 50 credits the student’s GPA should be 3.2 or
higher. At the time of application the minimum GPA in prerequisite
courses must be 3.0. Throughout the course of the program, a
student is only permitted to earn one (1) grade lower than a B-.
All remaining course grades must be B’s or higher.
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
Where Mount students have interned
Physical therapy offices in the region, local hospitals and
facilities dealing with physical therapy patients.
The Physical Therapy program at the Mount is designed to prepare
students for admittance into postgraduate programs in Physical
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
*US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, March 2015.