Why Study Physical Therapy?
As a physical therapy professional, you'll be empowered to help people live to their
fullest. You may work with patients as they recover after injuries, or help people
with disabilities gain the skills to remain independent.
Why Study Physical Therapy at SUNY Downstate?
As a physical therapy student at SUNY Downstate, you'll learn more than the profession's
technical side. Here, we place as much emphasis on the social side of working with
the individuals who need your help. That's because our philosophy is to look at patients
as people with families, jobs and goals—and not just health problems to be solved.
You will build your craft through a combination of coursework and community involvement.
Our program, more than 50 years old, will put you to work in our community at a variety
of clinical sites. So by the time you graduate, you'll build the social skills to
work with patients in an urban and culturally diverse environment.
What You Will Learn
- You'll earn a BS in Health Sciences and a doctorate in physical therapy in this three-year
program. By the time you graduate, you'll be an adept practitioner in the cognitive,
affective and psychomotor domains.
- Early coursework covers technical topics such as anatomy, kinesiology, neuroanatomy,
- Several classes—Ethics Seminar, Clinical Case Study Roundtable and Interdisciplinary
Health Team—include students from other programs at the School of Health Professions.
This gives you a chance to see patient-care issues through the lens of other health
- Coursework incorporates topics relating to cross-cultural, ethical, and multi-professional
issues in patient care.
- Each class encourages clinical decision-making, critical thinking skills, interpersonal
skills, the teaching-learning process, and the rights and dignities of patients/clients.
Tuition and Fees