Help Patients Regain Physical Function — and Quality of Life
Physical therapists work with individuals who are recovering from an illness, injury or other physical limitations. As a graduate of our accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you’ll help patients to build their physical ability and mobility, and in doing so, help them improve their quality of life.
As a student in Russell Sage College’s accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you’ll complete academic, clinical and research coursework and participate in three clinical education placements.
Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a full-time program. Students complete the DPT in nine semesters over three calendar years, including summers.
Upon completing your doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, you’ll be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), required for licensing.
Russell Sage College is a small school, and Physical Therapy is a small department, which means there is a real sense of camaraderie among faculty members and students.
In addition to being supportive professors, all of our Physical Therapy faculty members are practicing clinicians, and several have certifications or special expertise in their practice areas including strength and conditioning, orthopedics, functional movement, wound care and pediatric disabilities.
3+3 Accelerated B.S./D.P.T. for Undergraduate Students
Eligible students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate of Physical Therapy at Russell Sage College in six years — that’s less time than it would take to pursue the degrees separately.
The following Russell Sage College undergraduate programs are an excellent foundation for our Doctor of Physical Therapy program and can be completed in an accelerated 3+3 or traditional 4+3 format.
“We have a multi-decade track record of turning out really, really good practitioners.”
James Brennan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy
Read more from students, faculty and alumni.
Erik Carman ’21
Erik Carman will tell you “it wasn’t a straight line” to becoming a candidate for a Doctor of Physical Therapy …
“Sage was so much the right choice for me. I wouldn’t trade the experience I had there for anything.”
“Many physical therapists are attracted to the field because they believe in a healthy lifestyle and want to help others,” …
Hallie Klosterman isn’t afraid of tough. In fact, it’s the tough stuff she’s found at Sage that she appreciates most. …
A Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College will prepare you for the National Physical Therapy Examination and rewarding and meaningful work as a physical therapist.
Our graduates’ pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination surpassed 95.1% from 2017-2019, the most recent statistics available. And 100% of our graduates who seek employment secure a position within one year after graduation.
Our graduates work in a variety of settings, from private practices to schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and fitness facilities, and they have been accepted to neuro-orthopaedic, sports medicine and cardiopulmonary clinical residency programs.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Details
Our graduates’ pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination from 2017-2019
The number of sites that host our Physical Therapy students for clinical experiences.
Percentage of our graduates who seek employment secure a position within one year after graduation.
Russell Sage College’s doctoral program in Physical Therapy prepares graduates for the National Physical Therapy Examination and entry into the physical therapy profession. Graduates will be competent to practice physical therapy at an entry-level consistent with the best practices in education and training recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Guide to Physical Therapy Practice: A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education and the APTA Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020.
- Graduation Rate surpasses 95.6% for the last three years (2017-2019)
- Ultimate pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) surpasses 95.1% for the past three years (2017-2019)
- 100% of graduates seeking employment secure a position within one year post graduation
Students with a bachelor’s degree, who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Physical Therapy at Russell Sage College, should apply through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service.
Students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Health Sciences or Psychology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Russell Sage College should apply through Russell Sage College’s Office of Admission via the links below.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Russell Sage College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) · 1111 North Fairfax Street · Alexandria VA 22314 · 703-706-3245 · [email protected]
The program is also registered with the New York State Education Department · Education Building · Albany NY 12234 · 518-474-3852