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College of Staten Island/The Graduate Center (CUNY) (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 10/21/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Staten Island
The City University of New York
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone:   (718)982-3153
Fax:   (718)982-2984
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (718)982-3153
Financial Aid Phone:   (718)982-2030
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Jeffrey Rothman, PT, EdD
Chair & Professor
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, May 1995; DPT degree, September 2005
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) (no longer admitting students) Clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) is offered by the College of Staten Island in collaboration with the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
There are 36 weeks of full-time clinical internships. Students participate in one 6-week and one 10- week experiences during the second year and two 10-week experiences during the third year. Clinical sites are located throughout the United States.
There are five full-time and 24 part-time adjunct faculty members. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged five publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:15.
The College of Staten Island is a comprehensive senior college of the City University of New York. There are more than 10,000 students enrolled part- and full-time. The physical therapy program accepts 25 students into the first year of the professional phase of the program.
All students must apply through the Graduate School Admission Office ( . Students must complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution by the end of the semester prior to entry. Pre-requisite courses include two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology for science majors, with labs (Students must take A&P at the same institution within the past 10 years); two semesters of Physics for science majors, with lab; two semesters of General Chemistry for science majors, with lab; two semesters of Psychology (including one semester of developmental psychology or child psychology); one semester of Mathematics (precalculus or college algebra and trigonometry); one semester of Statistics (we recommend a course that includes computer applications). For applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries, a score of at least 550 (paper version) and 213 (computer version) on the TOEFL examination; documented clinical experience of at least 100 hours in the United States under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist, with a minimum of fifty hours in a hospital-based setting and a total of fifty hours in one or more different practice settings (e.g., private practice, nursing home, pediatric or school setting, outpatient setting). All prerequisite requirements must be met prior to the starting date of the program in which the applicant is seeking admission. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated from all college courses is preferred, Students must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),
85% of admitted students graduate from the program (3 year average), 100% of graduates who sought employment were employed as physical therapists within six months of passing the licensing exam.
Doctoral tuition charges are based on a student’s “Level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed and specific academic accomplishments. These levels are defined as follows: Level I – Students who have completed fewer than 45 credits of graduate work Level II – From the semester following the completion of 45 credits and passing of the First Examination, to advancement to candidacy. Level III – From the semester following advancement to candidacy. Rate per semester: New York State Residents Out-of-State Residents and International Students Level I - $2,860 $560 per credit/WIU Level II - $1,793 $3,983 Level III - $710 $1,423 These rates are subject to change without prior notice. There are additional non-instruction and student-activity fees as well as a differential fee.
The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York offers programs in liberal arts and sciences, professional studies, health sciences and the technologies. Completed in 1994, the 204-acre campus of CSI/CUNY provides an advanced educational environment and is the largest site for a college in New York City. Set in a park-like landscape, the campus is centrally located on the Island.