SUNY Cortland Difference

SUNY Cortland’s preparation for careers in occupational or physical therapy proves unique.

“We do all of the things other schools do, but we also prepare students for other professions in case their passion changes,” says Deborah Van Langen, an assistant professor of kinesiology and trusted advisor to many students interested in the professions.

Among the important qualities students discover at SUNY Cortland:

All of the required courses

We offer all of the prerequisites that graduate schools will require. You can take them through several different majors.

Different majors to pursue

Students interested in physical therapy often study exercise science, biology or community health with a concentration in allied health. Our future occupational therapists traditionally pursue psychology or an education-related discipline. You can major in anything, but these are the most common. “I recommend students pick their passion,” says Van Langen.

Dedicated, knowledgeable advisors

Faculty members who understand the field provide guidance along the way, depending on your major. Career Services also offers individual advising and expert advice on key topics such as interview prep and worthwhile internships. “We work with students constantly to seep the goals in sight,” Van Langen said.

Emphasis on service-learning

You’ll learn well by doing good in the community and gaining hands-on experience. SUNY Cortland’s commitment to civic engagement sets it apart, which is why many courses include a service-learning component.

Flexibility if your passion changes

Students aren’t locked into graduate school as freshmen, which means freedom if they change their minds. “You want to graduate from college with a degree that’s going to help you move forward,” Van Langen says. “At SUNY Cortland, there are many ways to do that.”