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Welcome to the Hunter College
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions
Hunter College
City University of New York


Welcome From The Chair Of The Department Of Physical Therapy


On behalf of the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hunter College, I hope you and your family are well.

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 we are all 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.  We 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


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. 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.  Information sessions for the DPT program are scheduled several times across the year - please join us for an opportunity to meet with faculty, learn more about our program, and have all your questions answered. See bottom of page for schedule and registration.   Admissions takes place through the Hunter College Graduate Admissions office.  Please note that we do not participate in PTCAS.  DPT program application forms are available here.  

The DPT Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginial 22305-3085. For additional information on our graduates’ performance on the Physical Therapy licensure examination, graduation rates and employment rates, please go to our frequently asked questions page (FAQ's).  Feedback on Hunter’s Physical Therapy Program is available at Comments & Reviews.  

For general information about the program, including 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.

For information on tuition costs, please go to Hunter College DPT Financial Fact Sheet. 

Mission Statement

To educate and empower a diverse and inclusive community of clinicians and scholars to optimize movement, health, and well-being across the lifespan through an affordable and accessible program committed to excellence, scholarly inquiry, leadership, and lifelong learning. 

Vision Statement

To lead the future of physical therapy by fostering a diverse and inclusive community of movement experts who ignite hope and champion health equity across the lifespan. By upholding these values, we strive to prepare graduates who are both exceptional physical therapists and agents of positive change.


Program Objectives/Expected Outcomes

Upon graduation from the DPT program, graduates will:

1. Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnosis across systems and across the lifespan.

2.    Demonstrate knowledge and skills at the level of a competent clinician to examine and evaluate patients/clients, develop and deliver an effective plan of care, re-evaluate and assess clinical outcomes for physical therapy patients/clients across the lifespan.

3.    Demonstrate clinical reasoning and decision-making skills at the level of a competent physical therapist.

4.    Consider individual contextual and personal factors to determine patient-centered goals and outcomes.

5.    Integrate evidence-based practice in the management of patients/clients.

6.    Identify health risks and be able to refer patients/clients to other health professionals or community resources when indicated.

7.    Develop and display competency in using oral and written communication with stakeholders in all clinical settings.

8.    Understand and apply principles of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of clinical and professional interactions, including the delivery of physical therapy care. 

9.    Demonstrate social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy.

10. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors appropriate to the level of a doctoring profession.

11. Embrace lifelong learning through participation in professional and scholarly activities.



All sessions will take place on zoom from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

Please email Ms. Maureen Brennan, Department Secretary, at for a Zoom invite and additional information. 

2024 Information Session Schedule

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Tuesday, September 24, 2024
Tuesday, October 8, 2024

***Note that applications for the cohort starting Summer 2025 are due by November 1st, 2024

At least 100 hours of volunteer experience, across at least 2 DIFFERENT physical therapy settings are required for consideration of applicants to the DPT Program.  Volunteer hours must be completed by November 1st, 2024.  The GRE is required for all applicants. 


 For additional Information, please contact Ms. Maureen Brennan, Department Secretary, at 212-396-7103 or email:

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