COVID-19 Admissions Policy Modifications

Online Coursework and Labs: Our program will accept online pre-requisite courses taken in regionally accredited institutions during all of 2020 and the Spring and Summer semesters of 2021.
Observation Hours: Given that our deadline is in October 2021, applicants will have to complete the minimal requirement of 100 observation hours. However, if applicant cannot complete inpatient component of these hours we will accept the 100 hours in an outpatient facility.
GRE Testing: We will accept the "at-home" GRE testing being offered by ETS.
Transcripts: Our program will accept unofficial transcripts from applicants who are unable to obtain an official transcript from their registrar’s office due to campus closure. 
Interviews: If in-person interviews would not be possible by November 2021, the program will use remote interview using online videoconferencing or phone.

Updated Office Hours

During the time that the College is utilizing remote instruction, our School of Health Sciences departmental offices may have reduced hours and staff may be working remotely. If there is no answer to phone, rather than leaving a voicemail, please send a detailed email to the faculty person, chair, or dean as appropriate. If you prefer a call-back, please include good times to reach you with your call-back information.

Physical Therapy: 
Zaghloul Ahmed
Chairperson and Professor
Phone : 718.982.3153
Contact Via Email:

Physical Therapy Department Overview

The Department of Physical therapy values comments, suggestions, and concerns that might arise outside of the College’s due process. Students and other individuals seeking to raise such a concern or file a complaint that falls outside of the due process may contact either of the following individuals: the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department and Program Director, Dr. Zaghloul Ahmed, 718.982.3153,, or the Executive Associate to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Alana Gaymon, 718.982.3837,

Physical Therapists are healthcare professionals focused on helping members of the community restore mobility through various treatment modalities.  The Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), the entry level degree required for Physical Therapists, has been offered by our program since 1995. Our program provides an excellent clinical foundation at a CUNY tuition with the promise of a rewarding career as a physical therapist.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The College of Staten Island/CUNY accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has been reaffirmed for 10 years, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 718.982.3153 or email

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Physical Therapy Faculty & Staff

Physical Therapy Building
Building 5N, Room 207
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Zaghloul Ahmed
Chairperson and Professor
Phone : 718.982.3153
Email Zaghloul Ahmed
Amanda L. Rotondo, PT, DPT, CKTP
Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor
Phone : 718.982.3155
Email Amanda L. Rotondo, PT, DPT, CKTP
Michael Chiacchiero
Vice Chair and Associate Professor
Phone : 718.982.3153
Email Michael Chiacchiero
Maria Knikou (for questions regarding research)
Vice Chair of Research and Faculty Development and Full Professor
Phone : 718.982.3316
Email Maria Knikou (for questions regarding research)
Jean Berteau
LGBTQ Liaison
Phone : 718.982.2905
Email Jean Berteau