Department of Physical Therapy

Barbara C. Belyea, Clinical Professor and Associate Chairperson

Stephen P. Lahr, Associate Professor and Chairperson

The mission of the physical therapy program is to prepare skilled physical therapist practitioners who render independent decisions and implement evidence-based, ethical, and culturally competent care to maximize the function, health, and wellness of their patients, clients, and society. Through expert faculty, modern resources, a contemporary curriculum, and lifelong learning, our graduates are competent to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment and are prepared to become clinical educators, scholars, managers, and consultants in a variety of settings.

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a six-year, dual-degree program in clinical health studies/physical therapy. Students receive a B.S. degree in clinical health studies after four years of study and a doctorate degree in physical therapy (D.P.T.) after completion of the entire program. Students must complete the D.P.T. degree to be eligible for physical therapy licensure. Students spend the summer semester following the junior year in a 10-week concentrated study of human anatomy. Students gain practical experience through full-time clinical education courses, totaling 36 weeks, at sites throughout the United States. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and is approved by the New York State Education Department.

Special Academic Status Policy for Clinical Health Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Majors

Visit the Department of Physical Therapy website at for a complete listing of Academic Policies and Procedures.

PTBS 10200 Introduction to the Profession of Physical Therapy (NLA)

Orientation to the responsibilities and activities of physical therapists, the practice environments, representative professional association, and related professional literature. Experiential activities are included to enhance learning. (F or S,Y)
0.5 Credit

PTBS 20100 Introduction to the Practice of Physical Therapy (LA)

Orientation to the practice of physical therapy, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, integumentary, pediatric, and older adults. Prerequisites: PTBS 10200. (F or S,Y)
0.5 Credit

PTBS 31300 Clinical Physiology (NLA)

The study of human physiology from a clinical perspective, addressing normal function in the primary physiological systems and how therapeutic interventions influence system functions. Introduces pathophysiological syndromes common to patients receiving therapy. Describes physiological responses in patients receiving specific physical or occupational therapy interventions. Prerequisites: One course in CHEM. Corequisite: BIOL 20600; open to clinical health studies and occupational science majors. (S,Y)
3 Credits

PTBS 39900-39919 Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

Clinical and professional topics of current interest to faculty and students. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. Satisfactory/D/Failure only. 0.(IRR)
0.5-3 Credits

PTBS 40000 Mobility Training (NLA)

Introduction to patient/client care techniques related to mobility training, including bed movility, transfer training, gait training with a variety of assistive devices, and wheelchair mobility. Students are familiarized with the initial steps in the patient-therapist relationship including professional behaviors and oral communication. Review of cardiovascular systems is also included. Prerequisite: PTBS 20100. (S,Y)
1 Credit

PTBS 49900-49903 Independent Study (NLA)

This course, which requires a faculty sponsor, allows students to complete an in-depth study or project in an area of their interest related to physical therapy. Includes a final presentation. Prerequisites: Permission of faculty sponsor, academic adviser, department chair, and dean. May be repeated for a total of six credits. (F-S,Y)
1-6 Credits