2019-20 Applicants

Mercy College


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Nannette Hyland PT, PhD
Program Director
Department of Physical Therapy
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry NY, 10522
(914) 674-7828
(914) 674-7835
ptprogram@mercy.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/11/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Students who have taken a minimum of 30 credits at Mercy College and meet all admissions requirements are guaranteed an interview.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
30
Anticipated size of next entering class
30
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
27%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
3%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
60%
% Female
40%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
3%
% Asian
13%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
7%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
60%
% Two or More Races
17%

Program Description more...

Nestled along the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Mercy College prepares future physical therapists to transform society through movement. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is student-centered integrating interprofessional learning experiences in our state of the art labs. Grounded in our mission of transformational education, the program celebrates diversity and a culture of inclusion, our education across the lifespan makes us unique in our approach. Through our clinically based faculty, partnerships with nationally renowned facilities and unique clinical experiences, Mercy College’s DPT students change people’s lives. The 40 month 96-credit full-time program is offered in a Friday to Sunday format, which allows students to work part-time while having the ability to do research, attend open labs and additional experiential learning opportunities during the week. The clinical phase is composed of four 8-week full-time rotations available at over 200 facilities. These rotations prepare students to work with a diverse population in multiple settings and allows a student to specialize in an area during their last affiliation.

The Mercy College DPT Program prepares graduates for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and to practice as entry-level practitioners capable of providing administration, advocacy, consultation, education and research in the physical therapy profession. The curriculum is based on a developmental, life span model that considers the unique needs of each individual preparing students to develop an optimal therapeutic alliance with their patients/clients to improve the human experience. Self-directed learning in incorporated throughout the program which instills lifelong learning and advancement through specialization after graduation. Mercy College is dedicated to the promotion of high standards of physical therapy practice, education, inter-professional collaboration and research in accordance with guidelines established by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
01/15/2020
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

We encourage students to apply to our program as early as possible. Candidates do not have to wait to submit their application until January 15th if they have the admission criteria completed.  Completed applications received after January 15th will be considered late and will be denied an interview.

Candidates with a Program-Specific Prerequisite GPA of 3.6 or higher, completed GRE scores, volunteer hours and letters of recommendation can submit applications by October 15th for consideration for the Mercy College early admission process.  Early applicants will be interviewed in November and December.   If not accepted for early admission, applications will be considered with the regular rolling admissions applicant pool.  Admissions decisions will be made by March 30th.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are applied to the student's account upon registration.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.38
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.58
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Program-specific prerequisite grade point average is calculated based upon the 8 most recent science prerequisite courses. If a prerequisite course has been retaken within the last five years, an average of the course grades will be calculated into the GPA. Applicants that meet the Program-specific admissions GPA who have a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if they qualify for an interview.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0656
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
55%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
55%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE scores need to be sent to the Mercy College PTCAS code listed. A candidate without official GRE scores submitted to PTCAS for Mercy College by January 15th may not be considered for an interview.

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 40 volunteer/work hours is required. These hours must be in at least two settings. Enough time should be spent in each setting to allow an understanding of the scope of Physical Therapy practice settings as well as the variety of clients encountered in the field.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants are required to send a supplemental fee of $40.00 directly to Mercy College by the end of January.

The supplemental fee should be sent to:
Mercy College
Department of Physical Therapy
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The program requires 2 references. One letter is required from a physical therapist. The second letter is recommended to be from an academic instructor.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
The course will provide students with a sound working knowledge of the structure of the human body and how the various organ systems function. The relationships between structure and function will be stressed, as will the coordination of function between the different systems. Material covered includes body organization, integument, skeleton, muscles, nervous systems and sense organs. Laboratory will deal with dissection, observation, and experimentation, and will relate to lecture material. No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
A continuation of the first semester. Students will continue their survey of the organ systems of the body, which will include circulation, immunity, digestion, respiration, osmoregulation, hormones, reproduction and development. Laboratory sessions will relate to material covered in lectures and will include dissection, observation, and experimentation. No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
No online science courses will be accepted as prerequisites and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Biology II
No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
A systemic development of the fundamental laws and theories of modern chemistry. The application of these principles to the chemistry of the elements and their compounds. Topics include: atom structure, the Periodic Table and properties of elements, chemical bonding, stoichiometric relationships, thermochemistry, and states of matter. The laboratory introduces basic synthetic and analytical techniques. The use of computers for data collection and analysis is included. Laboratory skills are assessed by written and practical examinations. No online lab courses will be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
A continuation of General Chemistry I. Topics include: solutions, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and kinetics. The laboratory emphasizes analytical techniques associated with lecture topics. The use of computers for data collection and analysis is included. Laboratory skills are assessed by written and practical examinations. No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Introduction to the general physical principles in the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, light, magnetism, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics, and problem-solving techniques. No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I in the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, light, magnetism, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics, and problem-solving techniques. No online science courses will be accepted and laboratory classes must be taken in person.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Developmental Psychology is recommended, but not required, to fulfill part of the psychology requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Introduction to Statistics does not meet Mercy College's prerequisite requirement. Major statistical methods used in summarizing, understanding, and interpreting numerical data are reviewed. The course covers a full range of descriptive and inferential statistics including: frequency distributions; measures of central tendency and variability; probability theory; the normal curve model; correlation; and a wide range of statistical tests such as the T test, F test, analysis of variance, and Chi-square. Where appropriate, calculations will be performed by using statistical software packages.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics