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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is college with 358 students located in Brooklyn, NY.

Medicine and Allied Health School


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I hope that this site will help you find everything you want to know about Brooklyn's only academic medical center. Along with the major links listed here, we offer access to the home pages of the departments and programs within the schools and clinical facilities that make up SUNY Downstate. Formally known as The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn--but better known to our patients and Brooklyn neighbors as SUNY Downstate Medical Center--we are older than the Brooklyn Bridge. We trace our roots back to 1860, when a school of medicine was founded at the Long Island College Hospital. The new college's faculty revolutionized medical education in this country by bringing the teaching of medicine to the hospital bedside, thus rejecting the idea that physicians should be trained exclusively in university lecture halls. Today, SUNY Downstate is one of the nation's leading urban medical centers. SUNY Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, and University Hospital of Brooklyn.

The quality of our education, research, and patient care programs was confirmed with the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Dr. Robert Furchgott, a member of our School of Graduate Studies faculty since 1956. Dr. Furchgott's identification of nitric oxide as a signalling molecule important in vascular health has revolutionized care for heart, stroke, impotence, and other diseases. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population-over 2.3 million people-and one that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also an engine of opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in health care. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college. More physicians who practice medicine in New York City received their training at our College of Medicine than any other medical center in the country. Nationally, our medical school ranks seventh in the number of graduates who are now engaged in academic medicine. Here in Brooklyn, our impact is even greater. We have trained nearly half of all doctors practicing in a number of specialty areas. Our College of Health Related Professions and College of Nursing also play a unique role in the borough and the city. We have the oldest midwifery program in the country, and we recently made history again by establishing a joint program between the two colleges that trains midwives who are not nurses. The College of Nursing is particularly proud of its role in educating minority students. Approximately three-fourths of the students are minority-group members, and many are recent immigrants. University Hospital of Brooklyn is the borough's only hospital located at an academic medical center. As such, it offers the most advanced and comprehensive care in Brooklyn. Many of its physicians are regularly rated among the best in New York City. Some are known throughout the world. SUNY Downstate Medical Center enters the new century with a renewed dedication to serving the people of Brooklyn through its three-fold mission of education, research, and patient care.

Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 358
Gender 20% Male / 80% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 66% Full Time / 34% Part Time
Geography 96% In State / 4% Out of State / 0% International
Ethnic Diversity
White 43%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 23%
Asian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook

Student Services

  • Computer Services: dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: health services
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): liberal arts/career combination accelerated program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (60%), Physician Assistant (14%), Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences (12%), Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist (12%)

Majors Offered


A general, introductory, undifferentiated, or joint program in health services occupations that prepares individuals for either entry into specialized training programs or for a variety of concentrations in the allied health area. Includes instruction in the basic sciences, research and clinical procedures, and aspects of the subject matter related to various health occupations.

A program that prepares individuals to administer prescribed courses of radiation treatment, manage patients undergoing radiation therapy, and maintain pertinent records. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation oncology procedures and techniques, radiation dosimetry, tumor localization, treatment planning, patient communication and management, data collection, record-keeping, and applicable standards and regulations.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Radiation Therapists
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Radiologic Technologists
Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

A program that prepares individuals to practice medicine, including diagnoses and treatment therapies, under the supervision of a physician. Includes instruction in the basic medical and clinical sciences and specialized preparation in fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, general surgery, psychiatry, and behavioral medicine; the delivery of health care services to homebound patients, rural populations, and underserved populations; and community health services.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Physician Assistants
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Administration & Faculty

President John F. Williams, MD
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 360
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 63 : 36
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 40
Tenure Track Faculty 27
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 31
International Faculty 1



Sticker Price


On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $5,870 Same as On-Campus
Fees $545 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $6,415 $6,415


On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,320 Same as On-Campus
Fees $545 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $15,865 $15,865

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

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