Accelerated 3+3 B.A./B.S. and D.P.T. in Physical Therapy

Exceptionally prepared students entering Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany from high school or transferring students who are accepted into the accelerated 3+3 Program complete both a Bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree 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 The Sage Colleges 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.

Students who are admitted to the accelerated 3+3 bachelor’s program 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. The bachelor’s degree is awarded in December of the fourth year, and students participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is awarded from the Sage Graduate Schools at the end of the sixth year. The first formal review for eligibility to accelerate into the professional program will occur at the end of the fall semester of the third year.  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 into the DPT program on a space-available basis.

Aimee Fredette, DPT Student

I came to Russell Sage as a 3+3 Physical Therapy Student, originally looking forward to starting my career faster and saving some money on tuition. After beginning my time at Sage, I quickly realized that the campus felt like home and everyone made it feel like one big family. Choosing the accelerated PT program prepared me for the high demands of a graduate program since I was already used to the high course load and finding a balance between that and my free time. – Aimee Fredette, RSC ’16, SGS ’19

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

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 DPT prerequisite courses, academic requirements, and program 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
  • Class rank in top third

Transfer Applicants: Admission Requirements for the 3+3 Program

Transfer students who have completed courses at another institution may apply for admission to Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany for the Bachelor’s degree leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy.  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 in a 3+3 accelerated program.  The successful transfer applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:

  • Earned overall GPA of at least 3.250 for all college coursework
  • Earned Science GPA of at least 3.250 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework completed to date (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell Biology, Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II)
  • Earned minimum grade of “C” or better in all DPT prerequisite courses to be transferred from another institution

4+3 B.A./B.S. and D.P.T. at Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany

Students who are admitted to the 4+3 program complete the bachelor’s degree in four years.  This program allows greater latitude for taking additional elective courses of interest to the student and may be more conducive to success.  Students who are admitted to the pre-professional level of the DPT program are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT program at the Sage Graduate Schools providing all prerequisite courses and academic/program requirements are met during completion of the 4+3 program.

Undergraduate transfer student who have completed courses at other institutions may progress into the DPT program, with acceptance based on space availability, students’ qualifications, and previous college coursework.  Transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at RSC prior to entering the DPT program, during which time undergraduate major coursework, general education requirements and DPT program course prerequisites must be completed.  In some cases it may take more than three terms to complete and this will be determined by advisement.

The baccalaureate degree is awarded in the spring of the fourth year.  The Doctor of Physical Therapy is awarded from the Sage Graduate Schools 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 RSC.

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 4+3 Program

High School Applicants:

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, academic and program requirements are met in the 4+3 program. The successful high school applicant will meet admission requirements.

Transfer Applicants:

Transfer students who have completed courses at another institution may apply for admission for the Bachelor’s degree leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Transfer students who are admitted to the pre-professional level of the DPT are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT providing all prerequisite courses, academic and program requirements are met in the 4+3 program.  The successful transfer applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:

Earned overall 3.250 GPA for all college coursework

Earned Science GPA of at least 3.250 in DPT Program prerequisite science coursework completed to date (Anatomy & Physiology I and II; Cell 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.