2019-20 Applicants

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Contact Information more...

James R. Brennan, PT, PhD
Chairperson and Program Director
Physical Therapy Department
School of Health Sciences
The Sage Colleges
65 1st Street
Troy NY, 12180
(518) 244-2059
(518) 244-2058
sagept@sage.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/13/2020
Additional information about the class profile
The DPT Program at The Sage Colleges gives preference to applicants who are currently matriculated as a pre-PT student within The Sage Colleges or attend the following articulation institutions who apply using the early decision process on PTCAS. Those articulation institutions are The College at Oneonta, University at Albany, Siena College, The College of St. Rose, Skidmore College, Hartwick College, Marist College, Castleton State College, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
41
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
10%

Sex

% Declining to State
0%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
0%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
0%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
0%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
100%
% Two or More Races
0%
% Declining to State
0%

Program Description more...

The 118.5 credit DPT program begins in May each year and is typically completed in 3 years. Graduation is in May at the end of the third year. The program is designed as a 3+3 program or 4+3 for students entering directly from high school. Undergraduate students may also transfer into the program at the pre-professional level. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree and meet the program prerequisites enter at the professional level of the program. The DPT Program provides a quality educational experience to prepare competent, autonomous and professional entry-level practitioners in physical therapy. The DPT curriculum emphasizes a problem solving approach with collaboration and critical thinking skills necessary for clinical practice. Patient/client centered care is at the core of the curriculum that has been developed along six organizing elements: the musculoskeletal system, neuromuscular system, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, integumentary system, critical inquiry, and human interaction. In addition to the 6 organizing elements, 6 curricular themes extend across the curriculum: safety, communication, ethical/legal behavior, social responsibility, life long learning and evidence-based practice. All students complete a culminating critical inquiry project under the direction and guidance of a faculty mentor.

Clinical Experiences:
Students are prepared to successfully bridge academic preparation with clinical practice through 3 part time clinical education experiences that are integrated with the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular and pulmonary patient/client management courses. In addition to these part time clinical experiences, students complete 32 weeks of full time clinical education experiences throughout the United States in different practice settings including teaching and community hospitals, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centers, private practices, and home health, early intervention and school settings.

Faculty:
An excellent faculty to student ratio of 1:12 allows students to enjoy a close mentoring relationship with the faculty. There are 10 full-time core faculty members. The areas of doctoral degrees and study that are represented in the faculty include exercise physiology, health sciences, higher education, medical anthropology, rehabilitation science,and physical therapy. Ninety percent of the faculty have completed a post professional doctoral program. Thirty percent of the full time faculty hold an advanced specialty certification including Board Certified clinical specialty in neurology and orthopedic, physical therapy, with one person working on a certification in women's health. In addition to teaching and service, all faculty are engaged in scholarly activity and clinical practice, incorporating scientific evidence with theory in the classroom and practice.

Enrollment:
The Sage Colleges is comprised of three colleges in New York’s Capital Region: Russell Sage College for Women, the undergraduate co-educational Sage College of Albany and Sage Graduate School. To Date, Russell Sage College for Women has an enrollment of 836 students, Sage College of Albany has an enrollment of 821 and Sage Graduate School has an enrollment of 1250 students. The DPT Program is part of the Sage Graduate School. The average size of each graduating DPT class is approximately 36 students.

Outcomes:
The ultimate pass rate for 2012 was 97.3 %, for 2013 it was 97.4 %, and for 2014 it was 83.8 %. All graduates are employed as physical therapists within 6 months of beginning their search for employment.

Tuition, fees and financial aid: For the 2015-2016 academic year: Sage Graduate School tuition is $790.00 per credit (118.5 credits). Additional fees for the 2015-2016 academic year, including books, APTA membership fee and professional liability insurance, are estimated at $1,730. Merit-based awards up to $14,000 per year and need based aid are available for Russell Sage College students. Graduate assistantships are also available for students. Merit and need based doctoral scholarships for $2,000/year are also awarded to students entering the DPT Program through RSC, SCA and SGS.

Student life:
Physical Therapy students are active in service and professional development activities throughout the year that promote the development of professionalism. The student Physical Therapy Club has a very active membership of students at the pre-professional and professional levels of the program. There are regular social activities sponsored by the Physical Therapy Department for undergraduate and graduate students. The Troy campus is located 10 miles from Albany. Public transportation is available, and an airport is located 10 miles from campus. The Capital District of New York offers rich cultural and recreational activities year round.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

All application materials must be posted in PTCAS by the deadline.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The DPT Program at The Sage Colleges gives preference to applicants who are currently matriculated as a pre-PT student within The Sage Colleges (RSC and SCA) or attend the following articulation institutions and apply as early decision candidates - SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Albany, Siena College, The College of St. Rose, Skidmore College, Hartwick College, Marist College, Castleton State College, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$300.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is applied to the student's tuition. It is non-refundable.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.25
3.41
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.25
3.41
Prerequisite science GPA (Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2, chemistry 1 and 2, physics 1 and 2,
3.25
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program allows for up to 3 previously passed courses (any grade other than an "F" or "W") to be repeated throughout the undergraduate career. Specifically the program prerequisites may only be repeated once. The grade of the 2nd attempt will be the grade used in GPA calculations. A grade of "C" (2.0) or better will be considered a passing grade for program prerequisite courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
2764
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
We required GRE scores for the class beginning in May 2019 (class of 2022), we will be collecting GRE data over the next few years to determine their predictive value. As it stands right now we do not require minimum scores

Observation Hours

 
2 or more settings are recommended.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Please visit the below link to download and sign the Program-Academic & Technical Standards Statement and either upload this document with your application, or send this to the program directly after your application has been submitted.
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
You can upload your signed Program-Academic & Technical Standards Statement with your application in the document upload section or email directly to the program.
Supplemental Requirements
Program-Academic & Technical Standards Statement,
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
"other" can be any category other than friend or family member.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Any international student is eligible for admission to The Sage Colleges, however they must hold a student visa while enrolled in the College.

All applicants must submit proof of completion of baccalaureate degree that is equivalent to the US baccalaureate degree. An official certification of the award of all degrees is also required. Certified translations must be provided for documents supplied in a language other than English. Please note that all transcripts submitted become the property of Sage and will not be returned to the applicant. Course Descriptions (in English) must be provided in addition to any university or college transcripts.

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

Proof of Financial Support: Applicants must complete the Sage International Financial Statement to verify that the applicant has access to sufficient financial resources to attend the College. This form, along with with supporting bank documents, acceptance and enrollment deposit must be submitted before Sage Graduate School can issue the I-20 form necessary to secure a student visa. Financial assistance is not available to international students.

For more information regarding international applicants and admission to The Sage Colleges please visit: http://www.sage.edu/admission/international/.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Students may substitute a neuroscience or neurobiology for cellular biology
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Students will investigate the structure and function of the cell, the skeletal and neuromuscular systems, and the proprioceptive and reticular activating systems relative to sensation, perception, and movement. Second term: Studies of the blood, circulatory, digestive, and urinary systems will be included. Laboratory work will include experiments on animals and animal tissue and exercises with human subjects. Students also enroll in lab section.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Students will investigate the structure and function of the cell, the skeletal and neuromuscular systems, and the proprioceptive and reticular activating systems relative to sensation, perception, and movement. Second term: Studies of the blood, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary systems will be included. Laboratory work will include experiments on animals and animal tissue and exercises with human subjects. Students also enroll in lab section.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
Biology / Biological Science
This study of the cellular basis of life will include the structures/functions that all cells engage in (compartmentalize, synthesize, produce energy, move, duplicate), and some cellular specialization (plants, nerve, muscle). Laboratory experiments emphasize biophysical methods for study of mitochondria. Students also enroll in lab section. Neurophysiology can be substituted for cell biology or microbiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
The basic principles of chemistry are covered as they relate to stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding, states of matter, and solutions. Required of science majors. High school level algebra required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I, treating rates of reaction, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, and other selected topics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
This non-calculus introductory physics course is normally taken by sophomores and includes topics in classical mechanics (force and torque, acceleration, momentum, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, work and energy), elastic properties of solids, properties of fluids, and heat and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on applications in the sciences particularly of interest to biology, nursing, and physical therapy majors. A one credit laboratory accompanies the lecture and provides students with the opportunity to experiment with applications of the lecture concepts.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A continuation of Physics I, including topics in electricity and magnetism, sound, and light. Emphasis is on applications in the life sciences particularly of interest to biology, nursing, and physical therapy majors. A 1-credit laboratory accompanies the lecture and provides students with the opportunity to experiment with applications of the lecture concepts.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes. The topics include the biological and social bases of behavior, motivation, emotion, learning, cognition, perception, personality, and psychotherapy. Students are introduced to the origins of psychology and the bases of psychological reasoning. Students are expected to become familiar with the basic principles in the major areas of the field as well as psychological methods of investigation.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Psychology
This course introduces the developmental perspective in psychology and presents the historical emergence of this perspective. The course surveys individual development from conception through old age, studying physical, perceptual, cognitive, and emotional processes. An emphasis is placed on the interaction among individuals of different ages and the influence of both the immediate and wider social contexts on development.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
An intuitive approach to the meaning of statistics as an interpretive tool, this course covers techniques of exploratory data analysis, probability distributions, normal distributions, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation, analysis of enumerative data, and an introduction to analysis of variance. Integrated into these topics will be an introduction to the use of computers. Not open to students who have completed any college-level statistics course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics