3 + 3 Program FAQ

Russell Sage College offers an innovative accelerated degree program where undergraduate students can complete both a bachelor’s degree from RSC and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Sage Graduate School in just six years.

What is an accelerated program?

An accelerated degree program allows students to seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both of these degrees separately. The bachelor’s in any of 9 different undergraduate liberal arts majors leading to the DPT in Physical Therapy is an accelerated 3+3 program. During the first three years of undergraduate coursework students complete all requirements for the chosen undergraduate major, RSC general education courses and DPT Program prerequisites. Students who meet graduate DPT Program admission requirements can accelerate into the doctorate program by enrolling in first year DPT graduate coursework starting the summer after their third year. Entry into this accelerated program and completion of undergraduate major and prerequisite courses with the required grade point average guarantees the student acceptance into the DPT Program. Students in the Accelerated 3+3 Program need to have completed 90 credits prior to entering the summer of the fourth year. The baccalaureate degree is awarded from Russell Sage College 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.

Who is eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s degree that leads to the DPT degree?

High School Applicants who demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • High school overall grade point average (GPA) of 90 percent
  • High school science GPA of 90 percent
  • High school class rank in top third

Transfer Applicants who demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • Overall 3.25 GPA for all college course work
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in PT Program prerequisite science coursework completed to date (Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Cell Biology, Chemistry I and II; and Physics I and II )
  • Minimum grades of “C” or better in all PT Program prerequisite courses to be transferred from another institution

What are my undergraduate degree options in the accelerated 3+3 Bachelor leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program?

Students entering this six year program through Russell Sage College will choose an undergraduate liberal arts or health science major in one of the following disciplines:

3+3 Undergraduate Degree Options

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

The chosen undergraduate major in the humanities, biological, physical sciences, social or health sciences prepares the student to develop the ability to think independently, to weigh values, to understand fundamental theory, and to develop skills for clinical practice including critical thinking and communication. The professional program curriculum is designed to prepare students to become knowledgeable, active participants in our society and culture and to safely and effectively practice the profession of physical therapy. In the first 3 years students complete the requirements for the chosen major, RSC general education requirements and the following prerequisite courses prior to entry into the DPT Program: Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Physics I and II; Chemistry I and II; Statistics; Introduction to Psychology; Human Development; and Cell Biology.

Is it possible to complete any other major other than those listed in the accelerated 3+3 Program and still be guaranteed acceptance into the DPT Program?

Students interested in other undergraduate majors leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy should consult with the appropriate program coordinator and the undergraduate program coordinator of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to determine if this is feasible in the 3+3 option. In addition to the 3+3 programs of study above, nearly any Russell Sage College major may be completed in the 4+3 option, in which the student completes the requirements for her undergraduate major and prerequisites for Physical Therapy in the first four years. Students who enter RSC in the 4+3 option and who maintain the required GPA requirements are guaranteed acceptance to the DPT program at Sage Graduate School, upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

Once accepted in the 3+3 option, what are the requirements to maintain my status in the accelerated degree program?

Students who demonstrate the following profile are guaranteed acceleration into the DPT Program at the end of their 3rd year at RSC:

  • Completion of a minimum of one year in residence at RSC to meet college major and general education requirements, and DPT program prerequisites
  • Overall 3.25 GPA for all college coursework
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in PT Program prerequisite science coursework (Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Cell Biology; Chemistry I and II; and Physics I and II)
  • Minimum grades of “C” or better in all PT Program prerequisite courses
  • Completion of the Acceleration Process

What is required in the Acceleration Process?

By January 15 of the third year of undergraduate academic study at RSC, students who are accelerating into the DPT Program will:

  • Complete DPT Program Application Forms (Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Document, Pre-Requisite Form) available from the Physical Therapy Department or the DPT web page
  • Provide transcripts from all college institutions attended
  • Provide a list of courses in progress and planned during the third undergraduate year

What happens if I do not meet the academic requirements for the DPT Program at the end of the 3rd year at RSC?

Students who are unable to achieve the standards listed above in the first three years are not eligible to accelerate into the DPT Program. They will complete elective courses, by advisement, during their fourth undergraduate year to complete the bachelor’s degree in their chosen major. Students may also request to be admitted to the 4+3 Program to allow an additional year to meet the academic requirements for admission to the DPT Program. Students who are allowed to move to the 4+3 Program will be reconsidered for admission to the DPT Program at the end of their fourth undergraduate year. If they meet the academic requirements they will be guaranteed admission to the DPT Program. Students may be advised to repeat specified courses to raise their cumulative and science GPAs.

What happens if I decide I do not want to continue in the DPT Program?

Students who choose not to continue in the graduate DPT Program complete elective courses, by advisement, during their fourth year of studies. Students will notify the registrar’s office of this change.

If I’m not initially accepted into an accelerated degree program, are there any other options that will guarantee my admission to the DPT Program?

Students admitted to RSC but who do not demonstrate all the criteria in the academic profile needed for admission to the accelerated 3+3 Program may be admitted to the traditional 4+3 program in which the student completes the bachelor degree in their chosen major in four years. Entry into the 4+3 program and completion of the bachelor degree and DPT Program prerequisite courses with the required grade point average guarantees the student acceptance into the DPT Program. Students may also request admission to 3+3 Program after a minimum of one full year of RSC coursework, if their cumulative and science GPAs meet the DPT graduate program requirements (minimum of 3.0 in each). Students must request admission to the 3+3 Program no later than the end of the second year of undergraduate study at RSC. Qualified RSC students will be given priority consideration over transfer applicants from other institutions for admission into the 3+3 DPT Program.