D.P.T. at the School of Health Sciences
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepares physical therapists who are exemplary, autonomous practitioners.
The depth and breadth of our professional curriculum is enriched by the intellectual community found at our comprehensive university that is dedicated to liberal, professional, and specialized programs of study. Graduates embrace their role in promoting the profession through evidence-based practice that is respectful and sensitive to individual differences, commitment to lifelong learning that sustains clinical excellence, and service to community and society.
Qualified men and women who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the professional program apply directly through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service.
Prospective students who do not have a bachelor’s degree can enter through an Accelerated 3+3 or 4+3 BA or BS Leading to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
3+3 Program at Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany
Students who are admitted to the 3+3 bachelor’s program at RSC or SCA are eligible to accelerate into the professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in their fourth year. Students who have completed a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, meet the academic prerequisite requirements and have an overall and science GPA of 3.25 are guaranteed admission to the DPT Program at Sage Graduate School.
The bachelor’s degree is awarded from Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany in December of the fourth year, and students participate in the spring commencement ceremony. The DPT degree is awarded from Sage Graduate School at the end of the sixth year. The first formal review for eligibility to continue into the professional program will take place after the fall semester of the third year at RSC or SCA.
4+3 Program at Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany
Students who are admitted to the 4+3 program at RSC or SCA 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 for success. Students who meet the academic prerequisite requirements and have an overall and science GPA of 3.25 are guaranteed admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Sage Graduate School upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.
The bachelor’s degree is awarded from Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany in the spring of the fourth year. The DPT degree 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 after the fall semester of the fourth year at RSC or SCA.
Students interested in applying to Sage Graduate Schools for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree should complete the following forms and include them with the admission application: Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Documentation, and Program Prerequisite Record. The observation hours can be completed after acceptance, but most be completed prior to the beginning program coursework.
For financial aid information, please contact the Sage Graduate School’s Office of Admission.
- Graduation Rate surpasses 95% for the last three years (2013-2015)
- Ultimate pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) surpasses 99% for the past three years (2011-2013)
- 100% of graduates seeking employment secure a position within six months after graduation.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488,(703) 684-APTA (2782) or (800) 999-APTA (2782). The program is also registered with the New York State Education Department, Education Building, Albany, New York 12234, (518) 474-3852. Information on how to file a complaint with CAPTE.