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By completing this program, students earn a Bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Rose and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Sage Graduate School.

The Physical Therapy (4+3) program is a collaborative program between the Science Center
College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges. A student takes four years of classes at The College of Saint Rose to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Any major can be chosen, but the basic coursework requirements for the Occupational Therapy program must be completed. A major of of Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry is strongly recommended.

The student then completes an additional three years at The Sage Colleges School of Health Sciences to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. The Sage Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.


The College of Saint Rose will provide you with an advisor for your chosen major as well as an advisor for the physical therapy program track. You will meet with both of your advisors at least once a semester to track your progression in the program. The current advisor for this program is: Dr. Brian Jensen, Professor of Biology.

Articulation Agreement & Program Requirements

The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative articulation agreement to provide qualified students from Saint Rose who wish to pursue a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Sage Graduate School (SGS) early acceptance as indicated below. This collaborative agreement provides for:

  • Preferred acceptance (on a space available basis) into the Sage Graduate Schools for students who have completed physical therapy program course prerequisites, after initial advisement and interview, and with completed applications;
  • Early acceptance
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee;
  • Access to Sage advisors to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework that satisfy the prerequisites in the graduate program;

Terms of Agreement: Physical Therapy Admission
The College of Saint Rose students will be given preferred admission to the Sage Colleges School of Health science for the DPT degree, who demonstrate the following:

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree (or in progress)
  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.25 (Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs or approved equivalents; Physics I & II with labs; Chemistry I & II with labs, and Cell Biology with lab)
  • Completion of physical therapy program prerequisite courses with grades C or better (see prerequisite courses listed below)

To qualify for preferred admission to the DPT Program, students agree to:

By August 15* of the year preceding graduation from the The College of Saint Rose:

1.    Submit completed PTCAS Application following the Early Decision Procedures including:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic
  • Clinical Observation Hours Documentation (minimum of 40 hours, preferably in at least 2 settings)
  • Resume
  • Essay

2.   Submit the supplemental document form (DPT Academic and Technical Program Standards Statement) to the PT Department at

PT Department
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street
Troy, NY 12180

3.   Email the PT Department, indicating that their application has been submitted to PTCAS via Articulation Agreement with the indicated school.

Within 30 Days of acceptance:

4.    Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended to the PT Department at the address above.

5.    Make an enrollment deposit of $200 (non-refundable, applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from the College of Saint Rose:

6.    Submit final transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and PT program prerequisite courses to the PT Department at the address above. This date is determined by PTCAS and is subject to change each year.

Please visit for the most current deadline dates.

While interviews are no longer required, we encourage students to visit our campus and meet with a representative of our program prior to submitting their application to PTCAS.  Please contact Bill Winters at to schedule a visit or ask questions about our program.

DPT Licensure

Students must be graduates of a Physical Therapy Program accredited by CAPTE in order to be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Licensing Exam. Graduates of Sage’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are eligible to sit for the licensure exam. Each state’s licensing board has rules and regulations concerning the requirements for licensure application. All states require that candidates apply for licensure prior to becoming employed. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will provide you with the addresses of each state’s licensing board. When a physical therapist moves from state to state, licensure by endorsement is exercised. For more information, visit Sage DPT pgram.

Course Requirements

Course credits
BIO 199 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
BIO 200 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO351 Cell Biology 4
PHY190 Fundamentals of Physics 1 4
PHY191 Fundamentals of Physics 2 4
CHM190 General Chemistry 1 4
CHM191 General Chemistry 2 4
PSY 295 or
MAT195 Statistics
PSY110 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY250 Developmental Psychology: Childhood 3

All 4-credit science courses include a required laboratory component.