Pre-Physical Therapy


PrePT

PrePhysical Therapy Professional Program Students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PrePhysical Therapy Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended PreHealth Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

 

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

The PrePhysical Therapy Concentration coursework satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American physical therapy schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required.
  • Students should review information regarding the schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

Students must consult the SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 53-56 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 205-206 20 sh
CHEM 111-112 8 sh
PHYS 103-104 8 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
PSYC 100 8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 240 and/or PSYC 246 *(Lifespan development is the preferred developmental psyc course) 3-6 sh


Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the the GRE (or other appropriate standardized test) and applying to Physical Therapy School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year", or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter physical therapy school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
PSYC 100   PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 3 sh

 

YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 205 (Human A&P I) 4 sh BIOL 206 (Human A&P II) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh

 

YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
PHYS 103 4 sh PHYS 104 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective up to 12 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective up to 12 sh

 

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

 

Applying to Physical Therapy School

Application to Physical Therapy School is made through the centralized application PTCAS.

Acceptance rates: 43.5% of SUNY Oneonta PrePhysical Therapy students who applied for entry into a DPT program for FALL 2016 were accepted (PTCAS data, 2015-2016 Advisor Report). Doctor of Physical Therapy Schools students are attending include Boston University, New York Medical College, The SAGE Colleges, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Stony Brook University, among others.

 

Entrance Exams & Requirements for Physical Therapy School

Applicants to Physical Therapy schools are evaluated on:


4 + 3 in Physical Therapy at The Sage Graduate School

SUNY Oneonta & The Sage Graduate School have developed an articulated 4 + 3 agreement in Physical Therapy for qualified students applying for admission to the Sage Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. The 4 + 3 program requires four years & a bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by three years of graduate study at Sage. Admission to Sage’s DPT program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

The SUNY Oneonta-Sage 4 + 3 PT agreement provides for:

  • Preferred acceptance (based on space available) into Sage's PT Program for students who have completed DPT Program course prerequisites (see above list in the PrePT Concentration), with completed PTCAS application and evidence of academic eligibility
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee
  • Early acceptance (for students who submit applications through the PTCAS early decision process the summer before their senior year)
  • Advisement to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to address DPT Program prerequisites
  • Opportunity to apply early for graduate assistantships

Qualified students will:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the DPT Program
  • Maintain a minimum overall 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate programs and 3.25 GPA in the DPT Program pre-requisite science courses (please note: Sage will be allowing some exceptions on this for the next 2 years in order to help the transition process, especially for those students in their last 2 years of undergraduate studies)
  • Apply through PTCAS following the early decision procedures as posted.



3 + 3 in Physical Therapy at SUNY Upstate Medical University

SUNY Oneonta has a 3 + 3 articulation agreement in Physical Therapy with SUNY Upstate Medical University providing Early Admission to DPT school for HighSchool Seniors.

Application is made by high school seniors via the SUNY Upstate application portal beginning September 1.

  • The 3 + 3 program is highly competitive and requires students to be accepted to BOTH SUNY Oneonta and the DPT Program at Upstate Medical University during their senior year of highschool.
  • The 3 + 3 program leads to a BS degree with a Biology major from Oneonta and a DPT degree from Upstate Medical University in a total of six years. It is administered by Upstate Medical University.
  • For details, please contact Upstate Medical University at (315) 464-4570.


SUNY Oneonta students not accepted into Upstate Medical University's 3+3 program as a high school senior can apply to Upstate's DPT program through regular decision during their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and would complete the PreRequisites as defined by SUNY Upstate.

Students accepted into the 3 + 3 DPT program must meet with the PreHealth Professions Advisor at SUNY Oneonta during their first semester at SUNY Oneonta to plan out expected coursework for their time at Oneonta based on individual student academic needs to satisfy coursework requirements prior to transfer to Upstate Medical University at the end of their junior year at SUNY Oneonta.

 

PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.


last update 4 October 2017 (TLL Webmaster)