Accredited PT and PTA Programs


Hunter College - The Graduate Center (CUNY)

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Last updated by program10/27/14
AddressPhysical Therapy Program
Hunter College - The Graduate Center (CUNY)
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010-2547 United States
Phone(212) 481-7556
Program EmailPTProfessor@gmail.com
Program DirectorGary Krasilovsky, PT, PhD
Chair, Hunter College DPT Program Site; Deputy Exec Officer, DPT Program at Graduate Center of CUNY
Institutional Information
AccreditorMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Carnegie ClassificationResearch Universities (very high research activity)
Physical Therapist Program Accreditation
Date of initial accreditation11/71
Current accrediation statusAccreditation
Next visitSpring 2016
Five-year historyAccreditation
Degree conferredDoctor of Physical Therapy
General Program Description
The DPT Program is based at the Brookdale campus of Hunter College of CUNY. Admission is through the graduate admissions office of Hunter College. We do not presently participate in PTCAS. All faculty and courses are held at Hunter College in the Brookdale Campus. The facilities include a dedicated wing in the Brookdale Health Sciences Campus. These include three large classrooms (all facilities and equipment were renovated and replaced after Hurricane Sandy in 2012-13.) Facilities include a dedicated anatomy lab, individual faculty offices, a research laboratory, faculty conference room, student computer labs and various support areas. The campus includes a Health Sciences Library, computer classrooms and student labs, gymnasium and pool, and a residence hall (for select undergraduate students). Further information on this curriculum and the admissions prerequisites are outlined below and are available on our web site. The curriculum is offered full-time during the day. Seven full-time faculty are complimented by an average of eight adjunct faculty. The graduate curriculum includes three years of full time enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. This graduate curriculum is clinically oriented and sequentially designed, and includes further emphasis on evaluation, differential diagnosis, treatment, and problem solving. A new expanded research component is included.
Clinical Experiences
A 6-week clinical affiliation is scheduled at the end of the fall semester of the second year. A 10-week affiliation is scheduled during the summer after the second year, and two final affiliations (9 weeks each) are scheduled during the spring of the third year. Students are placed in a variety of settings, including acute care, rehabilitation, out-patient orthopedic, rehabilitation, home care, extended care facilities, pediatrics and specialized affiliations. Sites include the NYC metropolitan area and sites throughout the United States. All students are site-visited during one of their final affiliations.
There are seven full-time and 12 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 100% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, one is a certified clinical specialist and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past three years, the faculty have averaged three publications/manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.
Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York system, has a total student enrollment of 20,000. The Physical Therapy Graduate Program has a total enrollment of 84 students, 28 in each of the three years of specialization.
The earliest date for submitting an application for the Summer semester is October 1st and the deadline is November 1st. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the program. Prerequisites include two semesters in each: anatomy & physiology, chemistry, physics (all w/labs and for science majors), and psychology; and one semester in each: college-level math, statistics, and English composition. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification is also required. One hundred hours of clinical experience are required, with a minimum of 50 hours performed in a hospital or rehabilitation setting. Our web site includes more detailed information about admissions, including our Clinical Experience Form and requirements. Minimum overall GPA on all undergraduate course work is 3.0. The average student entering our Program is representative of the diverse population in NYC. Transfer students and out-of-state students are equally eligible to apply. The admission process to the graduate program begins in the Fall semester prior to the year of enrollment. A personal essay and an interview is required. Qualified applicants seeking admission are contacted by the PT Program to schedule the interview. Applicants interviewed included those with excellent letters of recommendation but with a GPA of just above 3.0, to applicants with excellent letters and a GPA of 4.0. We admitted students from both extremes of this applicant pool.
95% of admitted students graduate from the program. The passing rate of graduates on the National Physical Therapy Examination for the past three years is 100%. Most recent performance on the licensure examination is posted on our website. All students seeking part time or full time employment were employed within two months of seeking employment (three year average). The majority had jobs lined up immediately upon graduation.
Tuition, fees and financial aid
Tuition and fees are determined by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are presently being finalized and will be posted on the Graduate Center website (gc.cuny.edu) and the Hunter College PT website. New York State residents pay approximately $12,035 per year for the 2013-14 academic year. Out-of-state students pay approximately $700 per credit. The Physical Therapy Program is located in the Brookdale Campus at the above address. Applications for various forms of city, state, and federal financial aid are available through The Office of Financial Aid. Students are eligible for work-study assignments within the PT Program and at other locations on the Brookdale or Main Campus.
Student life
The college consists of two campuses. The physical therapy program is located within the School of the Health Sciences at the above address. Public transportation is easily accessible. The PT Club, which receives funding through student activity fees, supports numerous activities throughout the year. This includes student attendance at the New York State Annual Conference, guest speakers, and social activities. Students participate in a variety of activities including providing assistance at the New York City Marathon, career days, and PT Awareness events on campus.

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