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Physical Therapy (B.S. and D.P.T.)



Physical Therapy 3+3


Exceptionally prepared men and women entering Sage College of Albany (SCA) from high school who are accepted into the accelerated 3+3 Program complete a degree in Applied Biology (B.S.) from SCA and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Sage Graduate School (SGS) in a total of six years.

Undergraduate transfer students who have completed courses at other institutions may be admitted to the accelerated program, with acceptance based on space availability, students’ qualifications, and previous college coursework. Transfer students must complete a minimum of one academic year at SCA prior to entering the DPT program, during which time college undergraduate major coursework, general education requirements and DPT program course prerequisites must be completed. In most cases this may take more than one year and will be determined by advisement.

Students who are admitted to the accelerated 3+3 bachelor’s program at SCA are eligible to advance to the professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program in their fourth year, providing they have completed a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits and meet the academic requirements and procedures for acceleration (listed below). Graduate-level DPT courses begin in the summer following the third year at SCA. The bachelor’s degree is awarded from SCA in December of the fourth year, and students participate in the spring commencement ceremony. The Doctor of Physical Therapy is awarded from Sage Graduate School at the end of the sixth year. The first formal review for eligibility to accelerate into the professional program will occur after the fall semester of the third year at SCA. Students not meeting the requirements for acceleration at that time will be re-reviewed at the end of the spring semester. If they meet the requirements at that time, they will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Admission Requirements for the 3+3 Program

High School Applicants
Men and women students who are admitted to the 3+3 program (Applied Biology (B.S.)/Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT) directly from high school are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT providing all DPT prerequisite courses, academic requirements and program requirements are met.  The successful high school applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • High School overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 90 percent
  • High School Science GPA of 90 percent
  • Class rank in top third.

Transfer Applicants
Men and women transfer students who have completed courses at another institution may apply for admission to the 3+3 program (Applied Biology (B.S.)/Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT). Transfer students who are admitted to the pre-professional level of the DPT are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT providing all DPT prerequisite courses, academic requirements, and program requirements are met. The successful transfer applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • Earned overall GPA of at least 3.25 for ALL college coursework. (The overall GPA is re-calculated to include all undergraduate course work, including courses that did not transfer to Sage regardless when the courses were taken.  All previous course credits and grades will be added to your Sage credits and grades to arrive at the true overall GPA).
  • Earned science GPA of at least 3.25 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework completed to date (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry I and II, and Physics I and II).
  • Earned minimum of grade of “C” or better in all DPT Program prerequisite courses to be transferred from another institution

Academic Requirements to Accelerate into the DPT Program


  • Completion of at least 90 undergraduate credits by the end of the 3rd undergraduate year, which include the DPT Program prerequisite courses, prior to beginning the DPT Program.
  • Completion of a minimum of one year in residence at SCA to meet the undergraduate major and general education requirements and DPT Program prerequisites.
  • Earned minimum grade of “C” or better in all DPT Program prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 3 repeats of previously passed courses (any grade other than an “F” or a “W”). The grade of the 2nd attempt will be the grade used in GPA calculations.
  • Earned overall GPA of at least 3.25 for ALL college coursework. (The overall GPA is re-calculated to include all undergraduate course work, including courses that did not transfer to Sage regardless when the courses were taken. All previous course credits and grades will be added to your Sage credits and grades to arrive at the true overall GPA).
  • Earned science GPA of at least 3.25 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry I and II, and Physics I and II).
  • Completion of at least 40 hours of physical therapy clinical observation under the direction of a licensed physical therapist
  • Completion of the acceleration 3+3 process (see below)

Procedures for Acceleration into the DPT Program


For students who entered SCA directly from High School:

By the last day of class for the fall semester of the third year (3+3 Program,) students accelerating into the DPT Program will:

  1. Arrange for a meeting with their DPT Program faculty advisor
  2. Complete DPT Program application forms (Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Document, Prerequisite Form) available on the Physical Therapy Department on Sage.edu. (http://www.sage.edu/academics/health_sciences/programs/dpt/admission/)
  3. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended
  4. Provide a current resume
  5. Submit one letter of recommendation from the Applied Biology Program Coordinator, and
  6. Submit a career goals essay.

For students who entered SCA as a Transfer Student:

Students who transferred into SCA from another college institution must complete the online application process through the Physical Therapist Central Application Service, known as PTCAS. For more information about this process please visit the Physical Therapy Department web page or the PTCAS web page (both are listed below).

  1. Arrange for a meeting with their DPT Program faculty advisor;
  2. Complete the online application process (fee required) through PTCAS (www.ptcas.org);
  3. Complete DPT Program supplemental application form for PTCAS applicants available on the Physical Therapy Department web page: http://www.sage.edu/academics/health_sciences/programs/dpt/admission/
  4. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended to The Sage Colleges (if they are not already on file).
     

Accelerating into the DPT Program

Students accelerating into the DPT program will take the following credits in the summer and fall of the fourth year:

  • Summer following the Third Year at SCA, Total : 14.5 Credits
  • Fourth Year Fall Semester, Total : 15.5 Credits



Physical Therapy 4+3


Men and Women entering Sage College of Albany from high school or transferring from another undergraduate institution complete a bachelor of science degree in Applied Biology (B.S.)  along with the specified DPT program prerequisites.  Students entering the 4+3 Program must meet SCA 3+3 admission requirements. For enrollment in graduate studies, qualified students who meet the DPT program GPA requirements (3.25 overall and 3.25 in science prerequisite courses) are guaranteed admission to the DPT Program if they meet all academic and program requirements and procedures for progression as outlined below.

Undergraduate transfer students who have completed courses at other institutions may be admitted to the progression program, with acceptance based on space availability, students’ qualifications, and previous college coursework. Transfer students must complete a minimum of one academic year at SCA prior to entering the DPT program, during which time college undergraduate major coursework, general education requirements and DPT program course prerequisites must be completed. In some cases this may take more than one year and will be determined by advisement.

The baccalaureate degree is awarded from SCA in the spring of the fourth year. The Doctor of Physical Therapy is awarded from Sage Graduate School at the end of the seventh year. The first formal review for eligibility to progress into the professional program will occur at the end of the fall semester of the fourth year at SCA. Students not meeting the requirements for progression at that time will be re-reviewed at the end of the spring semester. If they meet the academic requirements at that time, they will be admitted on a space-available basis.


Admission Requirements for the 4+3 Program


High School Applicants

Men and women students who are admitted to the pre-professional level of the DPT directly from high school are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT providing all prerequisite courses and academic requirements are met in the Appield Biology/4+3 program. The high school applicant must achieve a pre-determined cumulative GPA and science GPA (90 or higher).

Transfer Applicants

Transfer students who have completed courses at another institution may apply for admission to SCA for the Appiled Biology/4+3 bachelor’s degree leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy. The successful transfer applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • Overall 3.25 GPA for all college coursework. (The overall GPA requirement will be re-calculated to include all undergraduate course work. If you attended more than one school, all course credits and grades must be added together to arrive at the true overall GPA).
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in PT Program prerequisite science coursework completed to date (Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry I and II; and Physics I and II)
  • Minimum grade of “C” or better in all PT Program prerequisite courses to be transferred from another institution.

Academic Requirements to Progress into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


  • Completion of the bachelor’s degree and DPT Program prerequisite courses prior to beginning the DPT Program.
  • Completion of a minimum of one year in residence at SCA to meet the undergraduate major and general education requirements and DPT Program prerequisites.
  • Earned minimum of grade of “C” or better in all DPT Program prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 3 repeats of previously passed courses (any grade other than an “F” or a “W”). The grade of the 2nd attempt will be the grade used in GPA calculations.
  • Earned overall GPA of at least 3.25 for all college coursework. (The overall GPA requirement will be re-calculated to include all undergraduate course work. If you attended more than one school, all course credits and grades must be added together to arrive at the true overall GPA).
  • Earned science GPA of at least 3.25 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry I and II, and Physics I and II)
  • Completion of at least 40 hours of physical therapy clinical observation under the direction of a licensed physical therapist before beginning the professional program.
  • Completion of the progression process (see below)

Procedures for Progression into the DPT Program


For Students who entered SCA directly from High School:

By the last day of class for the fall semester of the fourth year (4+3 Program,) students progressing into the DPT Program will:

  1. Arrange for a meeting with their DPT Program faculty advisor
  2. Complete DPT Program application forms (Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Document, Prerequisite Form) available on the Physical Therapy Department web page: http://www.sage.edu/academics/health_sciences/programs/dpt/admission/
  3. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended
  4. Provide a current resume
  5. Submit one letter of recommendation from a Sage faculty member, and
  6. Submit a career goals essay.

For Students who entered SCA as a Transfer Student:

Students who transferred into SCA from another college institution must complete the online application process through the Physical Therapist Central Application Service, known as PTCAS. For more information about this process please visit the Physical Therapy Department web page or the PTCAS web page (both are listed below).

  1. Arrange for a meeting with their DPT Program faculty advisor;
  2. Complete the online application process through PTCAS (www.ptcas.org);
  3. Complete DPT Program supplemental application form for PTCAS applicants available on the Physical Therapy Department web page: http://www.sage.edu/academics/health_sciences/programs/dpt/admission/
  4. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended to The Sage Colleges (if they are not already on file).

Prerequisite Undergraduate Support Courses for Admission into the Professional Program

The following courses must be completed prior to beginning the professional program.
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 credits
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 credits
BIO 415 Cell and Molecular Biology : 4 credits
CHM 111 General Chemistry I : 4 credits
CHM 112 General Chemistry II : 4 credits
PHY 101 General Physics I : 4 credits
PHY 102 General Physics II : 4 credits
MAT 220 Applied Statistics : 3 credits
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 credits
PSYC 202 Human Development : 3 credits