Message from the Program Director

Debra Clayton-Krasinski

“Nothing happens until something moves.”
Albert Einstein

Physical Therapy is an exciting field that concentrates on the unique power of movement. It analyzes and explores how we move, why we move, and perhaps most importantly, how we regain movement if it fails us. The universality and necessity of human locomotion makes physical therapy not only a main staple of clinical practice, but also an essential area for research and educational pursuits.

To expand and contribute to this integral field of Physical Therapy, our goal at the DPT program at Columbia University is to guide students to become compassionate, responsible practitioners who are critical thinkers and lifelong learners. The CU DPT program combines a strong academic foundation with the practical clinical knowledge and experience necessary for entry-level practitioners.  We have 12 full time top-notch faculty with cutting-edge knowledge, who provide both breadth and depth to the curriculum.  We also attract distinguished lecturers who talk to our students about a vast array of topics including medical diagnosis and treatment, women’s health, sports rehabilitation, performing arts and narrative writing.  The program sits within Columbia University Medical Center, and we work closely with practitioners to provide our students access to innumerable educational opportunities, including attending grand rounds and specialty clinics. 

Our unique curriculum lends itself to personalized educational training. Third-year students may tailor their education toward developing competency in areas that match their employment interests by mixing and matching the advanced tracks, electives, and internship experience.  Students can also participate in community service internationally in Guatemala or locally in the student run multidisciplinary pro bono clinic. Others recognize our students' skills and knowledge; we are proud to hold an employment rate of 100% within 2 months of graduation.

Past classes at the Columbia University DPT program have exhibited a diverse, dedicated, motivated and intelligent student body that strives to excel in academic and clinical experiences. Students are religiously, culturally, and geographically diverse coming from across the US, Canada, India, Israel, and South Korea and bring a range of life and work experiences which adds multiplicity and richness to the program.  Both our student body and our location within New York City give students the opportunity to take advantage of what this vibrant and diverse city has to offer clinically, academically, and culturally.

I am proud to invite you to become a part of this inspirational academic community where we prepare our students to discover, educate, care, and lead within this ever-changing health care environment.  We look forward to receiving your application as you begin on your own journey to make something happen.

Debra Clayton-Krasinski
Debra Clayton-Krasinski, PT, PhD, MS
Director & Associate Professor, Program in Physical Therapy
Vice Chair, Department of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUMC 

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