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Physical Therapy Accelerated 3+3 (B.S. and D.P.T.)

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

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 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.

Prerequisite Courses for the DPT Program

Anatomy and Physiology   8
Cell Biology   4
General Chemistry   8
General Physics   8
Introduction to Psychology   3
Human Development   3
Statistics   3

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the DPT Program.

Academic Requirements to progress or accelerate into the Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Completion of the bachelor’s degree and DPT Program prerequisite courses prior to beginning the DPT Program (4+3 students only).
  • Completion of a minimum of one year in residence at SCA to meet the undergraduate major and general education requirements and DPT Program prerequisites (3+3 students only).
  • Earned minimum of grade of “C” or better in all DPT Program prerequisite courses
  • Earned overall GPA of at least 3.0 for all college coursework
  • Earned science GPA of at least 3.0 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell 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 at least 90 undergraduate credits by the end of the 3rd undergraduate year (3+3 students only)
  • Completion of the acceleration 3+3 process (3+3 students only)
  • Completion of the progression process (4+3 students only)

Accelerating into the DPT

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

Summer following the Third Year at SCA

Total: 15 Credits

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Total: 15.5 Credits

High School Applicants: Admission Requirements for the 3+3 Program

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 a 3+3 accelerated program. 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
  • Combined SAT score of 1100 with a minimum of 500 in Verbal SAT and Math SAT
  • Class rank in top third.

Procedures for Progression/Acceleration into the DPT Program

By January 15 of the fourth year (4+3 program) or third year (3+3 Program,) students progressing or accelerating into the DPT Program will:

  1. Arrange for a meeting with the DPT Program faculty 1.
  2. Complete DPT Program application forms (Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Document, Prerequisite Form) available from the Physical Therapy Department office or the web page:
  3. Submit transcripts from all college institutions attended 3.
  4. Provide a current resume 4.
  5. Submit one professional letter of recommendation 5.
  6. Submit a career goals essay; and, 6.
  7. Submit a list of courses in progress and planned during the remainder of the undergraduate program.

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