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Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, Hunter College of CUNY.

THE SECRETARY OFFICE NUMBER: 212-396-7103;    Email:  gradpt@hunter.cuny.edu

For volunteer hours for the applicants coming in Fall 2020:  at least 75 hours of volunteer experience, across at least 2 settings, are required for consideration of applicants to the DPT Program in Fall 2020. Volunteer hours must be completed by the end of January 2021.

Dates for Open House events via Zoom are:  August 27, 2020,  September 16, 2020, and October 8, 2020.  For additional information, go to the Events section on the upper right corner of this page.

Welcome From The Chair Of The Department Of Physical Therapy

On behalf of the Department of Physical Therapy and all of Hunter College, I hope you and your family are well as we travel through these challenging times.  This pandemic has challenged us all in so many ways!  It has also brought us together with great determination and passion for continuing to provide our students with the greatest physical therapy education despite all the challenges in front of us.  Our students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated the grit and the passion for teaching and learning that makes our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program the exceptional Program it has been for so many years.

These times also challenge us to become better citizens of the world and better human beings.  We must recognize, once and for all, that the inequities existing in our society must end and that EVERY ONE of us has a responsibility to step forward and help make this happen.   The inequalities in access to health care education and access to health care are unacceptable.   We vow, as a program, to take steps together in the effort to end racial discrimination and the inequities that follow it.

Physical therapy is indeed a wonderful profession, offering us an opportunity to care for others from birth to old age, neurological rehabilitation to sports physical therapy, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, burn rehabilitation, pelvic floor health and so much more.  At Hunter College’s DPT program, students are exposed to all aspects of the profession through a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty that represents the breadth of the profession.  While all are experienced and passionate teachers, we are physical therapists first.  Our passion and continued direct involvement in clinical work feeds our work in the classroom.  A team of strong researchers, committed to furthering the profession’s body of knowledge, the faculty is also dedicated to introducing students to all aspects of the research process through a research project that spans the 3 year curriculum culminating in a publishable paper or presentation.   Our students graduate as strong generalist clinicians able to use effective clinical reasoning to develop an effective treatment plan for their patients, ready to Transform(ing) society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience” (Physical Therapy Vision). 

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our profession and our program.  I look forward to meeting you at an information session and to getting to know you along the path of your pursuit of a career in physical therapy. 

Stay safe & well,

Cristiana K Collins, PT, PhD, CFMT, NCS

Certified Functional Manual Therapist

Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Preferred Pronouns:  She/her/hers

cristiana.collins@hunter.cuny.edu

 

General Information

Since the late 1960’s and the founding of the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College has provided excellence in physical therapy education and other health professions.  Information sessions for the DPT program are scheduled across the year - see top right corner for additional information.  We invite you to attend an information session after you have perused "Admissions" for information on admission requirements and the process of applying to the DPT program.  Please sign up in advance – we look forward to meeting you there.   Admissions should happen through the Hunter College Graduate Admissions office.   DPT program application forms are available here

The DPT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.  For additional information on our graduates’ performance on the Physical Therapy licensure examination, graduation rates and employment rates, please go to question #6 in our frequently asked questions page (FAQ's).  Feedback on Hunter’s Physical Therapy Program is available at Comments & Reviews.  

For general information regarding tuition, dorms, post-professional DPT programs, information on foreign trained physical therapists, and other frequently asked questions, please see the FAQ section.Our program, along with many PT programs in the US, has agreed not to participate in survey's ranking PT education programs. For additional information on why we do not participate, click here.

Mission Statement

The Department of Physical Therapy mission is to select and prepare highly proficient graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform differential diagnosis, determine appropriateness of physical therapy interventions and/or referral to other health care providers, and formulate interventions that result in outcomes that enhance the patient’s quality of life within a dynamic health care delivery system.  The Department is committed to contributing to the body of knowledge of physical therapy practice. 

In addition to providing the highest level of education, the Hunter College’s  DPT program has been ranked 10th for in state cost/income and 5th for out of state cost/income. 

Questions

While we do not provide one on one general advising, we would be happy to  clarify any questions you may have.   Please email us at gradpt@hunter.cuny.edu  or call us at (212) 396-7103 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday – Thursday and most Fridays during the academic year.   When calling or emailing, be sure to leave a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.  For any additional questions, please consider coming to one of our information sessions. 

Thank you for visiting our site.

IN REMEMBERANCE OF 9-11

Website Editor:  Gary Krasilovsky, PT, PhD, SST
(Retired) Associate Professor and Department Chair

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