The Combined Bachelor of Science in Life Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy is a 6 year program (3 + 3 model allowing for 3 years of pre-professional courses and a 3 year professional phase). The program in Physical Therapy is a Doctorate program providing entry-level professional education in Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE). This combined degree program is designed for freshman who wish to be admitted to the Program in Physical Therapy following the completion of three years of undergraduate work. As of September 1, 2012, students may qualify for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (professional phase) if they have maintained a 3.2 overall cumulative average, received no science or math grade lower than B and received a recommendation from the NYIT Physical Therapy Admissions Committee. Retakes to achieve the required grade in a math or science course is limited to one course, one time. No grades of D or F are allowed in any course at any time. Additionally, 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience in the field is required during each year of the preprofessional phase. Proof of such activity is to be submitted to the PT Department by May 20th of each academic year. The B.S. in Life Science will be conferred upon successful completion of the first professional year of the Physical Therapy master’s degree program. See NYIT's Graduate Catalog for details.
The BS/DPT program no longer accepts transfers into the preprofessional phase. Individual requests for transfer will be evaluated for the 2012-14 academic years for those stduents already enrolled at NYIT during the 2011/12 academic year.
Students in this option who are not passed into the professional phase of the Physical Therapy Program will be required to complete the requirements for another Life Science option in order to receive a LS Baccalaureate degree.
Students are advised that two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab are required for admission to medical schools and most other professional and graduate programs in the health professions, behavioral and life sciences fields. In addition, employment in the life sciences usually requires knowledge of organic chemistry and biochemistry at a level greater than that offered by the single semester of bioorganic chemistry (CHEM 215). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students who do not complete the B.S./DPT in Physical Therapy take CHEM 210/250 and BIO 340.