Hunter College/The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Information about Physical Therapist program at Hunter College/The Graduate Center (CUNY)




Hunter College/The Graduate Center (CUNY) (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/20/2007
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Hunter College
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone:   (212)481-4469
Fax:   (212)481-8618
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (212)481-4469
Financial Aid Phone:   (212)817-7460
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Gary Krasilovsky, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Co-Director, DPT Program
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, November 1971 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 2000 (no longer admitting students); DPT degree, February 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2016
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The DPT Program is a collaboration between Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. Admission is through the Graduate Center, but 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 renovated during the summer of 1998), a dedicated anatomy lab, individual faculty offices, a research laboratory, faculty conference room, and various support areas. The campus includes a Health Sciences Library, computer classrooms and student labs, gymnasium and pool, and a residence hall. The first DPT class was admitted for the summer of 2006. Further information on this curriculum and any changes in 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.
A 6-week clinical affiliation is scheduled at the end of the fall semester of the second year. A 9-week affiliation is scheduled during the summer after the second year, and two final affiliations (10 weeks followed by 9 weeks) 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 3 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 will have 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 December 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 88%. 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 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 ( and the Hunter College PT website. New York State residents pay approximately $5,940 per year for the 2006-07 academic year. Out-of-state students pay approximately $400 per credit. Private residence hall rooms are available for $1,800 per semester, but space is limited. Residence Halls and the Physical Therapy Program are 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.
The college consists of two campuses, and 20% of the physical therapy students live in the campus residence hall. The physical therapy program is located within the Schools of the Health Professions at the above address. Public transportation is easily accessible. A free shuttle bus is available between the main campus and the Schools of Health Professions. 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.