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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice is a beacon of hope and recovery where lives are changed, futures are shaped and possibilities are endless. Our department is the nexus of groundbreaking research, state-of-the-art clinical practices and high-caliber education, fostering an environment that combines innovative thinking with compassionate care.

Rehabilitation sciences is an emerging field that focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Here, we champion the philosophy that every person, regardless of their condition, deserves the best opportunity to function at their highest potential and partake in society fully and freely. We are driven by our mission to explore and understand the complex nature of human health, aiming to break new grounds and push boundaries in the rehabilitation field.

Our department is home to two distinguished programs: the Division of Physical Therapy and the Division of Speech-Language Pathology. These are two of the fastest-growing and impactful disciplines within healthcare, serving an increasingly diverse population of patients and making an enormous difference in their lives every day.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program has a rich tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to evidence-based practice. We train our students to become expert clinicians who can diagnose and manage movement dysfunctions caused by a broad spectrum of conditions. Through hands-on clinical training, advanced simulation technology and transformative patient-centered experiences, our graduates are well-equipped to lead and innovate within this dynamic field.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program is at the forefront of cutting-edge research and clinical practice related to communication and swallowing disorders. Our students are mentored by leading faculty who are renowned researchers and skilled practitioners, providing them with a strong foundation and advanced skills needed to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of populations across the lifespan. Our program empowers graduates to be reflective practitioners, dedicated researchers and advocates for those with communication challenges.

Both programs place a strong emphasis on research, aiming to generate knowledge that will transform practice and improve patient outcomes. Students are encouraged to engage in research endeavors alongside faculty, presenting at national conferences and contributing to the field's knowledge base.

Our commitment extends beyond the classroom and the clinic. We believe in cultivating a culture of empathy, respect and inclusivity. We uphold the belief that diversity enriches the learning experience and leads to innovative and empathetic healthcare solutions.

In the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, we strive to pave the way for a future where every individual, regardless of their health condition, has the ability to live a fulfilling, unrestricted life. We invite you to join us in our mission to shape the future of rehabilitative care, create new knowledge and transform lives one person at a time.

Here, your journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate healthcare professional begins. Welcome to a world of limitless possibilities. Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy


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Speech-Language Pathology


Department Chair

Sambit Mohapatra, Ph.D., M.S., PT
(914) 594-4292