Physical Therapy 3+3 Degree Program with SUNY Upstate

The 3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program provides high school seniors guaranteed admission to the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University following completion of a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Le Moyne. Students who complete the program will earn a Biology degree from Le Moyne, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Program Highlights

Le Moyne Students in Lab
  • Students complete both their undergraduate degree and their physical therapy doctoral degree in SIX years rather than seven. The first year at Upstate counts for both the fourth year of undergraduate and the first year of graduate study.
  • Students must submit two applications - one to Le Moyne, and one to SUNY Upstate Medical University - and be admitted to both institutions.
  • Admission is highly competitive. Best of both worlds: small, personalized undergraduate experience and large, world-class medical training facilities.


The field of Physical Therapy is projected to grow 34% (much faster than average) between 2014 and 2024, with an annual salary of $85,400 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As a Physical Therapist, you may:

  • Review patients’ medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare workers.
  • Diagnose patients’ functions and movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods.
  • Develop individualized plans of care for patients, outlining the patients’ goals and the expected outcomes of the plans.
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness.
  • Evaluate and record a patient’s progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed.
  • Educate patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process and how best to cope with challenges throughout the process.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the 3+3 DPT degree program is a two part application process. Students must apply and be admitted to Le Moyne and major in Biology. Students must also apply and be admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University's 3+3 DPT program. In order to be guaranteed a place in the 3+3 DPT program, students must be admitted to BOTH institutions.

Eligibility requirements for admission:

  • 90 minimum GPA
  • 20 hours clinical observation experience
  • 1270 minimum SAT (critical reading and math, 1200 if taken before March 2016) or 26 minimum ACT.
  • Required High School Courses: four years of science and four years of math. Regents, Honors, AP, or IB courses recommended.
  • Observational experience in physical therapy through participation in a Health Explorers Post, New Visions Program, shadowing or volunteer work (at least 20 hours recommended)
  • Completed application by February 1 (January 1 recommended)

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