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"I chose Upstate because the environment was very welcoming and it seemed like a great environment to learn. The faculty are great and willing to help anyone."
— Kristina Wulff

Professional Doctoral Program

The Professional Doctoral Program is a full-time professional preparation program in physical therapy. Graduates of this program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and are eligible to apply for licensure as physical therapists throughout the United States. All entering students except 3+3 students must hold a bachelor's degree. Early admission programs are available for high school seniors and college juniors.


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The Professional Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org External Icon. Anyone wishing to file a complaint about the program may do so by contacting CAPTE at the address above or calling 703-706-3245. Additional information about filing a complaint may be found at http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/ External Icon

Begin in Summer

The first year begins in the summer, and the program of study includes a minimum of 121 graduate credit hours over three years (including summers). The curriculum includes classroom instruction and clinical work, which may include day, evening and weekend classes. Thirty-six weeks of clinical education is interspersed throughout the program, including two ten-week clinical experiences in the final semester.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy Education is the education of students to become generalist physical therapist professionals who are reflective, competent, compassionate and autonomous, and who are prepared to meet the changing physical therapy needs of society.


Our 3 year (2009-2011) graduation rate is 93.8%; 3 year employment rate within 6 months of graduation is 100% and licensure ultimate pass rate for 2009-2012 is 100%. The first time pass rate for 2012 is 90.63% compared to a NYS average of 81.87% and US average or 85.76%.

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