Why Choose Nazareth for Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists today must be more than clinicians with excellent hands-on skills. They must be effective communicators, reflective and analytical professionals, and compassionate and engaged caregivers. Nazareth College’s physical therapy degree program stresses all of these, giving students the knowledge and skills to treat the whole client. 

Our D.P.T. program combines classroom studies with hands-on clinical experiences beginning in the first full semester, allowing students to practice skills under the supervision of faculty and community-based physical therapists. These clinical experiences both provide authentic learning environments and supply much-needed services to the community. All students complete a full, two-year research project with a faculty member, and more than 70% of these are accepted for presentation at state and national professional conferences.

Program Highlights

  • The only one of its kind in Rochester, Nazareth’s physical therapy major attracts students from all over the country.
  • Outcomes are excellent. For 2019-20: 96% graduation rate, 92% first-time licensure exam pass rate, 97% ultimate two-year licensure exam pass rate, and 100% employed (of those seeking employment) within six months of passing the licensure exam.
  • Graduate assistantships are available for more in-depth experiences in research, teaching, and health promotion.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Graduates are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and licensure in all states.
  • Students use cutting-edge equipment to help patients/clients regain mobility. Research at Nazareth guided the development of Gorbel's SafeGait trainer.

Physical Therapy at Nazareth College

    Undergrad Admissions Standards: View physical therapy admissions standards.

    Contact Information

    Andrew Opett, PT, DPT, OCS
    Clinical Associate Professor, Department Chair
    For questions, contact PT@naz.edu

    Jeanette Brown, doctor of physical therapy degree, DPT major at Nazareth College Rochester NY

    Alumni Spotlight: Jeanette Brown ’07, D.P.T., NCS, COS-C

    Therapy educator, HCR Home Care

    “Unique to Nazareth's physical therapy program were the extensive opportunities to work with patients, both on and off campus, alongside faculty who have incredible clinical skills. These helped me to find my passion for neurologic rehabilitation and ultimately achieve my board certification in neurology.” 

    Examples of PT Employers

    • Elementary and high schools
    • Hospitals, clinics, and medical groups
    • Home care agencies
    • Medical equipment companies
    • PT schools and research laboratories
    • Long-term care settings

    Internships/Field Experiences

    • Genesis Rehabilitation/Long-Term Care
    • Healthsouth Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL
    • Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC
    • Fort Drum, Jefferson County, NY

    Graduate Schools/Employers

    • Strong Memorial Hospital
    • Rancho Los Amigos, CA
    • University of Rochester

    The Physical Therapy Program at Nazareth College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

    Professional Licensure Disclosure