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Chair's Welcome

Physical Therapy

Welcome to NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Physical Therapy, located in the Gramercy section of New York City and close to world-class teaching hospitals. Here we educate students to become physical therapists and physical therapists to become researchers and advanced clinicians.

Our department has a remarkable history in physical therapy education, leadership, and innovation with many firsts, including:

  • A baccalaureate/certificate program in 1927
  • Post-professional MA program in pathokinesiology in 1943
  • A PhD program in physical therapy in 1970
  • New York State’s first doctor of physical therapy program in 1999

In 2010, we admitted our first class of physical therapists to the Clinical Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, the first of its kind in the New York metropolitan region.

Our mission is to provide innovative physical therapy education that assures currency with the changing health-care environment. For those just entering the physical therapy profession, we aim to educate generalists who are evidence-based, ethical, life-long learners and leaders, capable of rendering independent judgments in the service of others. For physical therapists, we offer post-professional education and training needed to create and apply new knowledge in the health care environment.

Explore our website to find out how we achieve this mission.

Discover our five program offerings including our:

Learn about our research-intensive PhD and our MA degree with a concentration in pathokinesiology.

On this site, you'll find more information about what makes our program unique, including:

  • Small class sizes and open-door policy for student mentoring
  • One-of-a-kind Master Clinician observations
  • Outstanding clinical sites
  • Stellar faculty
  • The extraordinary resources NYU has to offer in culturally diverse and exhilarating New York City

Plan a visit, come to an open house, hear from students, read about our alumni, learn about our facilities, and discover the many other reasons why students come to NYU Steinhart PT.

I look forward to seeing you.


Wen K. Ling, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Department Chair