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. They help their patients to build their physical ability and mobility, and in doing so, help their patients to improve their quality of life.


As a student in Russell Sage College’s accredited doctoral program in Physical Therapy, 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 Physical Therapy doctorate, 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 BS/DPT for Undergraduate Students

Eligible students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a Physical Therapy doctorate 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 DPT program and can be completed in an accelerated 3+3 or traditional 4+3 format.

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Your Future

A doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College will prepare you for the National Physical Therapy Examination and rewarding and meaningful work as a physical therapist.

Graduate Studies

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.

Learning Experience

As a Physical Therapy student, you’ll learn in well-equipped PT labs and a traditional anatomy lab — and work with real people with real medical issues in the community.

Clinical Experiences

As a DPT degree candidate, you will work with patients under the supervision of licensed physical therapists in three different settings, which may include hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities and private practices. Your responsibilities will progress over the course of one eight week and two 12-week clinical experiences; by your third clinical experience, you will have responsibilities identical to those of an entry-level physical therapist. More than 365 sites host our Physical Therapy students for clinical experiences.


You will have the opportunity to conduct research under a faculty mentor and may be eligible for research funding from Russell Sage College’s Broughton Graduate Fellowship. Our students have presented their research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s national meetings and at Russell Sage College’s Graduate Research symposium.

Professional Development & Service

Russell Sage College’s School of Health Sciences stresses interprofessional education and creates opportunities for future physical and occupational therapists, nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals and others to learn together, in preparation for roles on interprofessional health care teams.

Students and faculty represent the Physical Therapy department and profession at three interprofessional conferences each year and at dozens of community events like 5k walks and runs, information sessions at senior-citizen centers and health-and-wellness expos.


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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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

Application Procedures

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

If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 518-244-2058 or email [email protected].

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