Early Assurance for College of Health Professions

3+3 Early Assurance for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The 3+3 DPT program allows students to complete both their undergraduate degree and their physical therapy doctoral degree in SIX years rather than seven. To be guaranteed a place in the 3+3 DPT program, students must be accepted by both the participating undergraduate college and by SUNY Upstate. SUNY Upstate has established 3+3 programs with seven colleges:

Students transfer to SUNY Upstate after three years of college. The first year at Upstate counts for both the fourth year of undergraduate and the first year of graduate study. After completing their first year here, students receive a bachelors degree from their undergraduate institution. Upon successful completion of two more years of graduate work, students will be awarded a DPT degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Students accepted under the Early Assurance program will not be required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Admitted Early Assurance students must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or higher, maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 prerequisite GPA during their first three years of college.  Students will also need to continue working or volunteering in a physical therapy setting while enrolled at their undergraduate college.

If unsure whether to apply for 3+3 Early Assurance or 4+3 Early Assurance, we recommend applicants apply 3+3.  Please note that applicants can not submit an application for both 3+3 and 4+3 DPT.

Admission Requirements for the DPT 3+3 Early Assurance Program
at SUNY Upstate Medical University

High school seniors who meet the following criteria will be considered for acceptance to the 3+3 DPT program at SUNY Upstate Medical University:

  • Applicants must submit the ACT and/or the SAT:
    ACT - Minimum composite score of 26.
    SAT's - For applicants that took the SAT prior to March 2016, we will require a minimum score of 1200 (math/critical reading) to be considered. If the SAT was taken more than once prior to March 2016, we will accept the highest math and the highest critical reading scores, even if from separate exams. For applicants that took the SAT in March 2016 or later, we will require a minimum score of 1270 (Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) to be considered. If the SAT was taken more than once starting March 2016, we will accept the best Math and the best Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, even if from separate exams.
    We will not take a best score from one section of the “Old SAT” (taken prior to March 2016) and combine that with a best score from another section of the “New SAT” (March 2016 and later) as the scoring scales are different. 
  • Unweighted High School Grade Point Average of 90% or higher
  • 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.  Applicants need to be able to articulate what Physical Therapists do and be knowledgeable about the field of Physical Therapy.  While there is not a minimum number of shadowing hours, we recommend DPT Early Admission applicants have at least 20 hours of shadowing by February 1 to be a competitive applicant.  Applicants can e-mail Student Admissions updates of additional shadowing completed after submission of the application no later than the February 1 deadline.

Admission to 3+3 DPT is competitive.

The Application Process for the 3+3 DPT Early Assurance Program
at SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Complete the SUNY Upstate 3+3 DPT application and submit the $65 application fee*. Applications open on September 1. On the application, select the year you hope to enroll. For example, if you're graduating high school in 2015, select 2018. Do not submit a SUNY application for SUNY Upstate for admission to Physical Therapy.
  • Submit an application to the participating undergraduate college(s). To be guaranteed a place in the 3+3 DPT program, students must be accepted by both a participating undergraduate college and by SUNY Upstate.
  • Submit to SUNY Upstate:
    • Official high school transcript. If your high school uses Naviance for transcripts, please have them mail your official transcript to our office as SUNY Upstate is not able to receive transcripts electronically from Naviance.
    • SAT and/or ACT scores. SAT code is 2547. ACT code is 2981.
    • 10-week grade report
    • Two letters of recommendation. We recommend that at least one letter be from a science teacher and the second should be from a teacher, Guidance Counselor, employer or a volunteer supervisor.  If possible, a letter of recommendation from a Physical Therapist that you have volunteered or worked for is strongly recommended.  Personal references will not be considered.
  • While the deadline is February 1, we recommend applicants submit their application by January 2.  All supporting documents must be post-marked by February 1.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all items are received on time.  If you have a question about whether anything is missing from your application, please call our office at (315) 464-4570.
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an on-campus interview.
  • Mail the official high school transcript; 10-week grade report; official SAT and/or ACT scores; and two letters of recommendation to:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Admissions & Financial Aid 
766 Irving Ave.
0217 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

*Applicants with a fee waiver can have their Guidance Counselor send it to our office at the address above.

Cost Information

Application* Statistics:

Applications for 2018 entry - Applications: 153, Accepted: 25
Applications for 2019 entry - Applications: 140, Accepted: 17
Applications for 2020 entry - Applications: 117, Accepted: 21

*Application numbers include 3+3 Early Assurance and 4+3 Early Assurance.