College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

About the College

The College of Staten Island is a four-year, senior college of The City University of New York that offers exceptional opportunities to all its students. A Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy is offered in Physical Therapy (DPT). The Master’s degree is awarded in selected fields of study: Accounting (MS); Biology (MS); Business Management (MS); Cinema and Media Studies (MA); Computer Science (MS); Education: Childhood (Elementary) Education (MSEd); Adolescence (Secondary) Education (MSEd); Special Education (MSEd); Special Education Adolescence Generalist (7-12) (MSEd); English (MA); Environmental Science (MS); History (MA); Liberal Studies (MA); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA); Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities (MS); Nursing: Adult Health Nursing (MS) and Gerontological Nursing (MS); and Social Work (MSW). Post-Master’s Advanced Certificates are awarded in Leadership in Education, Adult Health Nursing, Cultural Competence, Gerontological Nursing, and Nursing Education.

The Doctoral program in Nursing is offered jointly with The City University Graduate School, University Center. The College also participates in The City University Doctoral programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics.

The academic year follows a two-semester pattern, with a separate summer session. Classes are scheduled days, evenings, and weekends.

The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York was founded in 1976 through the union of two existing colleges - Staten Island Community College and Richmond College. Staten Island Community College, the first community college in the University, opened in 1956. Richmond College, an upper-division college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who had successfully completed the first two years of college study elsewhere, was founded in 1967. The merger of these two colleges resulted in the only public four-year institution of higher learning on Staten Island.

The Campus

Completed in 1994, the 204-acre campus of CSI/CUNY 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. Mature trees and woodlands, flowering trees and ornamental plantings, fields and outdoor athletic facilities, the Great Lawn, sculpture, and seating areas create a green oasis in an urban setting.

Fourteen renovated neo-Georgian buildings serve as classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The academic buildings house approximately 300 classrooms, laboratories and instructional spaces, study lounges, department and program offices, and faculty offices. The Library and Campus Center serve as focal points for the Academic Quadrangles with the Center for the Arts located midway between the Quadrangles at the fountain plaza. The Sports and Recreation Center and the athletic fields are located near the main entrance to the campus.

Fifteen works of art, a permanent collection of works either commissioned or purchased through the Art Acquisitions Program of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, are installed throughout the campus. Artists and the free-standing sculptures and reliefs are: Vincenzo Amato, Body of Hector/Glaucus; Miriam Bloom, Shooliloo; Fritz Bultman, Garden at Nightfall (extended loan); Chryssa, Untitled; Lucille Friedland, Big Stride (gift of the artist); Red Grooms, Marathon; Sarah Haviland, Staten Island Arch; Jon Isherwood, Borromini’s Task; Zero Higashida, Maquette for a Small Universe; Valerie Jaudon, Untitled; Niki Ketchman, Red Inside; Win Knowlton, Ellipse; Mark Mennin, Torak; Don Porcaro, Moon Marker; and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Stele in the Wind.

Astrophysical Observatory: The 16-foot dome astrophysical observatory was completed in 1996. In addition to serving students in astronomy courses, the facility is used for faculty and student research projects, environment monitoring projects, and community programs.

Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building: An ultramodern facility, the building contains classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, research facilities for faculty and students, the Center for Environmental Science, and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities.

Campus Center: The Campus Center incorporates facilities for a complete program of student activities and offices for student organizations, food services, health services, a study lounge, bookstore, and the studios of WSIA-FM, the student-operated radio station.

Center for the Arts: Entered from the Great Lawn and from the Alumni Walk, the Center for the Arts houses two academic wings for programs in the arts as well as superb public spaces: the Clara and Arleigh B. Williamson Theatre, a 900-seat concert hall, a recital hall, an experimental theater, lecture halls, an art gallery, and a small conference center.

Library: Designed with inviting reading rooms, open shelves, and study carrels, its research and study facilities are enhanced by computer data-based operations available to all students. Library Media Services makes accessible pedagogical multimedia materials to distant classrooms and laboratories by means of the campus fiber-optic network.

Sports and Recreation Center: This 77,000 square-foot, multipurpose facility and surrounding athletic fields serve the intercollegiate and intramural sports and recreation programs for students.

Research Institutes and Centers

Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Alejandra del Carmen Alonso, Director

Office: Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Room 229

The Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (CDNDD) is a CUNY Center that conducts, promotes, and sponsors research, education, and training in the developmental neurosciences with special emphasis on research and educational programs in the specific field of developmental disabilities. The Center serves as a hub for collaborative efforts between the College and other research institutions in offering a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, and also partnering with the CUNY Doctoral programs in multiple disciplines in mentoring Ph.D. students. On the CSI campus, the Center has established research laboratories for investigations in cellular, molecular, behavioral, and clinical neuroscience and provides advanced research training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Environmental Science

Dr. Alfred M. Levine, Director

Office: Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Room 310

The Center for Environmental Science, established in 1987, provides support for research and policy recommendations concerning environmental problems. One of the major purposes of the Center is to define and solve environmental problems on Staten Island and its environs through research that includes studies of respiratory diseases, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in the air, and the population at risk for lung cancer.

Center for the Study of Staten Island: Staten Island Project (SIP)

Dr. Richard Flanagan and Dr. Jonathan Peters, Co-Directors

The Center for the Study of Staten Island is designed to integrate the work of the College with the public affairs concerns of the people of Staten Island. To that end, it mediates and facilitates the collaboration of the College's faculty, students, and staff with government, civic organizations, and businesses in order to identify and assist in finding solutions to the borough's pressing public issues. More specifically, the Center serves as an information and consultation resource to prepare citizens and leaders to make better informed decisions about public life; it fosters the development of faculty research and undergraduate and graduate education through engagement with the Staten Island community; and it builds bridges to other public affairs institutes and local communities as a spur to innovations in public life on Staten Island. Whenever possible, the Center seeks to partner with community groups and agencies in advancing initiatives of mutual interest and in fulfilling consonant missions.

While encouraging and facilitating debate that accommodates differing and sometimes conflicting positions on controversial issues crucial to the community, the Center is committed to maintaining a nonpartisan stance.

Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences

The Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences brings together a wide range of research faculty and students with interests in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics and computational science.

The Center’s activities include the use of the campus super-computer, faculty collaboration, grant writing, student mentoring, undergraduate research, and sponsored lectures. More information can be found at

The City University of New York

The City University of New York (CUNY), of which the College of Staten Island is a part, traces its beginning to 1847 and a public referendum that provided tuition-free higher education for residents of New York City. The municipal college system grew rapidly and its various colleges were consolidated as The City University of New York by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1961. CUNY is comprised of 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie David School of Biomedical Education. It is the largest municipal college system and the third largest university in the nation.

University Administration

James B. Milliken

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer
Allan H. Dobrin

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost
Julia Wrigley

Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Jay Hershenson

Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Frederick P. Schaffer

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Frank D. Sanchez

Senior Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance
Matthew Sapienza

Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations
Pamela S. Silverblatt

Vice Chancellor for Research
Gillian Small

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management
Gloriana B. Waters

Interim Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management
Judith Bergtraum

Associate Vice Chancellor & University CIO
Brian Cohen

Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development
Andrea Shapiro Davis

Senior University Dean/Special Counsel to the Chancellor
Dave Fields

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Fiscal Policy
Marc V. Shaw

Board of Trustees

Benno Schmidt, B.A., J.D., Chairperson

Philip Alfonso Berry, M.B.A., M.S.W., B.A., A.A., Vice Chairperson

Valerie Lancaster Beal, B.A., M.B.A.

Wellington Z. Chen, B.S.

Rita DiMartino, A.A., B.A., M.P.A.

Freida D. Foster, B.A. M.S

Judah Gribetz, A.B., LL.B, LL.M

Joseph J. Lhota, B.S., B.A., M.B.A.

Hugo M. Morales, MD, DPN-P, F.A.P.A.

Brian D. Obdergfell, B.S., J.D.

Peter S. Pantaleo, J.D., B.A.

Carol A. Robles-Roman, B.A., J.D.

Barry F. Schwartz, A.B, J.D.

Charles A. Shorter, B.A., M.A.

Joseph K. Awadjie, B.S.

Terrence F. Martell, B.A., Ph.D

Jay Hershenson, Secretary of the Board

Frederick P. Schaffer, General Counsel

Council of Presidents


The Graduate Center
Chase Robinson, President

The Graduate School of Journalism
Sarah Bartlett, Dean

City University School of Law at Queens College
Michelle Anderson, Dean

School of Professional Studies
John Mogulescu, Dean

Macaulay Honors College
Ann Kirschner, Dean

CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Ayman El Mohandes, Dean


Baruch College
Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President

Brooklyn College
Karen L. Gould, President

City College
Lisa Staiano-Coico, President

College of Staten Island
William J. Fritz, President

Hunter College
Jennifer J. Raab, President

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jeremy Travis, President

Lehman College
Ricardo R. Fernández, President

Medgar Evers College
Rudolph F. Crew, President

New York City College of Technology
Russell K. Hotzler, President

Queens College
Felix V. Matos Rodriquez, President

York College
Marcia Keizs, President


Borough of Manhattan Community College
Antonio Pérez, President

Bronx Community College
Eduardo J. Marti, Interim President

Hostos Community College
David Gomez, Interim President

Kingsborough Community College
Farley Herzek, President

LaGuardia Community College
Gail O. Mellow,President

Guttman Community College
Scott E. Evenbeck, President

Queensborough Community College
Diane Call, President

Sponsorship and Accreditation

The College of Staten Island is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215.662.5606.  The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

The Chemistry Program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 800.227.5558.
The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET accredits the BS degree in Computer Science.
The BS degree in Engineering Science is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.

The AAS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,
The BS degree in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.
The Nursing Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5020.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 703.706.3245 accredits the Physical Therapy program.
The Education Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, 202.466.7496.
The Master in Art in Liberal Studies program is accredited by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), c/o Duke University, Box 90095, Durham, NC, 27708; 919.684.1987.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC),, 595 New Loudon Road, #265, Latham, NY 12110, 518.785.1980.

The Medical Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and utilizes hospital affiliations accredited by NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 847.939.3597.

Copies of these accreditation documents, as well as the respective accreditation documents for the various academic disciplines, are available for review through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Mission, Vision, & Values


Grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition, the College of Staten Island is committed to the highest standards in teaching, research, and scholarship. Drawing on the rich heritage of The City University of New York that has provided access to excellence in higher education since 1847, the College of Staten Island offers that same opportunity in New York City’s Borough of Staten Island. The College is dedicated to helping its students fulfill their creative, aesthetic, and educational aspirations through competitive and rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. We embrace the strength of our diversity, foster civic mindedness, and nurture responsible citizens for our city, country, and the world.


The College of Staten Island will enhance the quality of its student-centered programs, research, scholarship, and creative works. The College will provide models for initiatives on technology, community, and our environment, as well as effective integration of programs, projects, and methodologies. CSI will develop a richer array of rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree offerings to better meet students’ educational and professional aspirations. The College of Staten Island will expand its role in The Graduate Center and other cross-campus activities of The City University of New York. We will become an even more vibrant center of intellectual and cultural exchange. The College will be strengthened by increasing its ability to serve a diverse campus community. Through these accomplishments, the College of Staten Island will achieve greater regional, national and international recognition.

Values and Fundamental Principles

Our campus Community values:

Each Student

We nurture each student’s intellectual growth, curiosity, and excitement in order to prepare students to function in a complex and dynamic world.

Excellence in Research and Teaching
We set and meet high expectations in our academic programs through innovative and effective teaching, scholarship, and research. We strive to promote engagement among students and faculty.

Experiential Learning
We believe it is essential to provide transformational curricular and co-curricular opportunities, such as service learning, study abroad, leadership development, undergraduate research and scholarship, and internships.

We take pride in our work ethic, our ability to solve problems, and our stewardship of resources.

Community Engagement
We actively work to instill the value of civic participation and are proud of our leadership role for Staten Island and beyo nd. We foster partnerships to address public issues and encourage involvement in community affairs.

Our fundamental principles:


Drawing from the richness of our diverse community, we incorporate multiple approaches to developing and encouraging the inclusion of various world views, cultures, and experiences into the fabric of our institution.


In our relationships with each other, we insist on mutual respect and thoughtful dialogue. We provide forums for the exchange of ideas informed by the techniques of critical analysis and the traditions of scholarly discourse.


We uphold the highest standards of honesty and fairness in our interactions with each other.

Institutional Strategic Directions

Strategic Direction 1

Develop a richer array of rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet students’ educational and professional aspirations

Strategic Direction 2

Enhance the quality and recognition of research, scholarship, and creative works for faculty and students.

Strategic Direction 3

Become a more vibrant center of intellectual and cultural exchange through community partnerships.

Strategic Direction 4

Strengthen and increase our ability to serve a diverse campus community.

Strategic Direction 5

Position the College to achieve greater regional, national and international recognition through advancement and fund raising activities.

Strategic Direction 6

Examine the College’s current and possible future uses of technology for a wide range of purposes.

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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Message from the President

About the College



Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Services/Student Services

Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics of Large-Scale Data

Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Computer Science Admission Requirements

Computer Science Degree Requirements

Computer Science Courses

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Science in Childhood Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Adolescence Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Special Education (MSEd)

Master of Science in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSEd)

Post Master's Advanced Certificate for Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education

Graduate Education Courses

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MS)

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Master of Science in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (MS)

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Master of Science in Adult - Gerontological Nursing (MS)

Advanced Certificate Programs

Nursing Courses

Clinical Doctorate Programs in Nursing

Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing (DNP)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Admission Requirements

Clinical Nursing Doctorate Degree Requirements

Advanced Certificate in Cultural Competence: 9 credits

Doctoral Nursing Courses

BIO 670 Pathophysiological Concepts in Health and Illness

NRS 682 Advanced Pharmacology

NRS 700 Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care

NRS 701 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 702 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning

NRS 703 Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development

NRS 704 Cultural Competence in Health Care Project

NRS 705 Health Organizations, Policy, Financing, and Ethics

NRS 706 Applied Statistical Thinking and Methods in Health Research

NRS 711 Health Care Program Development

NRS 712 Nurse as Educator

NRS 720 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings

NRS 721 Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings

NRS 722 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 723 Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings

NRS 724 Case Management for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 725 Primary Health Care Adult-Gerontology I

NRS 726 Primary Health Care Adult- Gerontology II

NRS 727 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care I

NRS 728 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care II

NRS 730 Evidence-Based Nursing for Advanced Practice

NRS 750 Curriculum in Nursing

NRS 754 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NRS 755 Application of Leadership Models in Professional Practice

NRS 756 Technological Integrations

NRS 757 Professional Nursing Bioethics

NRS 758 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

NRS 759 Clinical Finance & Management

NRS 760 Practicum in Nursing Education

NRS 761 Advanced Therapeutics

NRS 762 Integrative Practice Proposal (Capstone I)

NRS 763 Integrative Practice Application (Capstone II)

NRS 799 Thesis Option

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Employment, Licensure Pass Rates

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

Clinical Affiliations

Program FAQS

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography & Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Mission and Goals

Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission Requirements

Master of Social Work (MSW) Dismissal, Probation, Continuation and Graduation

Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Requirements

Social Work Courses

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines and Independent Study

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines

American Studies Courses

Art Courses

Biology Courses

Computer Science Courses

Dramatic Arts Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Geography Courses

History Courses

Mathematics Courses

Political Science Courses

Science Courses


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