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How to Apply to College of Health Professions Bachelor's Degree Programs

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Upstate Medical University. This page will outline the application process for the bachelor degree programs within the College of Health Professions.

Upstate begins accepting applications on September 1st for the following fall semester* and for Early Assurance programs.  All bachelor's degree programs begin in fall.

*Applications for BPS-CT and BPS-MRI open around the end of February for fall entry.  Prospective applicants should send an e-mail to admiss@upstate.edu asking to be added to the contact list and include the college they attended for Radiographic Technology.  We will e-mail you when the application opens. 

Pre-Applying

Before applying, applicants are encouraged to review the prerequisite college level courses for their intended program of study. Prerequisite courses may be viewed online by program: Medical Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray), Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy.

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions prerequisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students with questions about prerequisites should e-mail Student Admissions at admiss@upstate.edu.

Applicants may apply without having all the prerequisites completed, but all the prerequisites must be completed by the time the program begins. Some courses may be met with CLEP or Excelsior Exam credit.

We encourage prospective students to learn more about their program of interest by attending an Open House. We also offer pre-advisement sessions for prospective students who would like to meet with an Admissions Advisor to discuss transfer credit, program requirements, etc.

Completing the Application-Early Assurance for High School Seniors

DEADLINE:
High school seniors applying Early Admission to bachelor degree programs: Applications open September 1 and the deadline to submit the application is March 1.

PLEASE NOTE:
Early Admission students DO NOT submit a SUNY application at this time.  If admitted, the student will complete a SUNY application the year they enroll. 

Early Admissions is available for the all the bachelor’s degree programs within the College of Health Professions with the exception of Medical Imaging, BPS-MRI and BPS-CT.

Applicants can only have one active application.

  1. Complete the SUNY Upstate application
    Submit the College of Health Professions application for the program you’re applying to. List on the application all the classes you are currently taking and/or plan to take your senior year of high school.  PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.
  2. Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from people who know you in an academic or professional capacity such as teachers, a School Counselor, an employer, or a supervisor from a volunteer activity. We'd strongly recommend at least one letter of recommendation be from a teacher, preferably science, who can comment on your academic ability. Personal references will not be considered. Applicants will include their reference's name, title and e-mail address on the application. Within two work days, the references will receive instructions via e-mail on how to submit the letter of recommendation through MyUpstate.
  3. Submit Official Transcript
    Applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript. If your high school uses Naviance for transcripts, please have them mail your official transcript to our office (see address below) as SUNY Upstate is not able to receive transcripts electronically from Naviance.  Or, we will accept transcripts e-mailed to our office if sent directly to apply@upstate.edu by the applicant’s School Counselor’s work e-mail.

Applicants should e-mail grade updates to apply@upstate.edu at the end of the first and second marking periods.

Early Admissions applicants do not need to submit college transcripts for courses taken while in high school, unless they do not show on the high school transcript.  If admitted, the student will need to submit the official college transcript(s).

  1. Test Scores
    Early Admission applicants need to submit official SAT and/or ACT scores. Scores should be sent to Upstate from the testing agency.  Or, we will accept scores e-mailed to our office if sent directly to apply@upstate.edu by the applicant’s School Counselor’s work e-mail. *High school seniors graduating in 2021 and applying for fall 2023 are NOT required to submit SAT or ACT scores due to COVID-19.

Our policy for the SAT’s is to accept the highest score in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section, even if they are from separate SAT’s.  For ACT’s, our policy is to accept the highest score from the Math, Science, English and Reading sections, even if from separate ACT’s.

TOEFL or IELT
If English is not the applicant’s first language and the applicant is not currently residing in the United States, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report must be submitted. TOEFL’s and IELT’s are not required for applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. For our bachelor’s programs we recommend a minimum IELT score of 6.5. For the TOEFL, we recommend a minimum score of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based) or 79-80 (Internet based).

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Student Admissions & Financial Aid
766 Irving Ave.
1210 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

Completing the Application-Early Assurance for College Freshmen

APPLICANTS: Please review the admission requirements for the Early Assurance for College Freshmen program prior to applying.

Deadline: The Early Assurance for College Freshmen application opens January 2 and is due no later than 11:59 pm EST on March 15. All supporting documents must be post-marked by April 1.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be able to complete all the prerequisites by the summer term of the year of entry.

Early Assurance students do NOT submit a SUNY application at this time. If admitted, the student will complete a SUNY application the year they enroll.

Early Assurance is available for the all the bachelor’s degree programs within the College of Health Professions with the exception of Medical Imaging, BPS-MRI and BPS-CT.

Applicants can only have one active application. Please visit the website prior to applying to review admission requirements. SAT or ACT scores are not required.

  1. Complete the SUNY Upstate application
    Submit the College of Health Professions Early Assurance for College Freshmen application for the program of interest: Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray), Ultrasound (BS or BPS), Radiation Therapy (BS or BPS), Respiratory Therapy (BS), Medical Technology (BS) or Medical Biotechnology (BS)): Apply Now (available January 2 – March 15) PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.
  2. Official High School Transcript.
    This may be mailed to our office (SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., Weiskotten Hall 1210, Syracuse, NY 13210) from the applicant’s high school or e-mailed to our office (apply@upstate.edu) directly from the applicant’s high school Counselor from their work e-mail address. We cannot accept transcripts via Naviance. The transcript must show the applicant’s high school graduation date.
  3. Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be from a professor (preferably science) from the applicant’s undergraduate college. The second may be from either 1) a high school teacher who taught the applicant in the their junior or senior year of high school or 2) a second college faculty member who taught the applicant. Personal letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
  4. Submit Official Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. This includes college credits earned while in high school or over a summer or winter term. Official transcripts should be sent to SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., Weiskotten Hall 1210, Syracuse, NY 13210 or electronically from the college to apply@upstate.edu.

TOEFL or IELT
If English is not the applicant’s first language and the applicant is not currently residing in the United States, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report must be submitted. TOEFL’s and IELT’s are not required for applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. For our bachelor’s programs we recommend a minimum IELT score of 6.5. For the TOEFL, we recommend a minimum score of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based) or 79-80 (Internet based).

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Student Admissions
766 Irving Ave.
1210 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

Completing the Application-Transfer Students (Regular Admission)

Deadline: Applications open September 1*.  Admission is rolling until the program and the program’s Alternate List fill.

* Applications for the Medical Imaging, BPS-MRI and BPS-CT programs will open in March, only if space is available. If you're interested in being notified in March of whether we will have openings, please e-mail your name and the program you're interested in (BPS-MRI or BPS-CT) to admiss@upstate.edu, subject line: "Medical Imaging-BPS application notification". The BPS-MRI and BPS-CT programs are for applicants who are ARRT certified or ARRT certification eligible in radiography (X-ray technology) and will have an associate's degree upon enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants can apply without all the prerequisite courses completes, as long as they are able to complete them prior to the start of classes. List on the application all the classes you are currently taking and/or plan to take prior to entry into the program, if admitted.

Applicants can only have one active application at a time.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are applying to a bachelor’s degree program at Upstate are considered transfer applicants.

  1. Complete the SUNY Upstate application
    Submit the College of Health Professions application for the program you’re applying to. PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.
  2. Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from people who know you in an academic or professional capacity such as college professors, an academic advisor, an employer, or a supervisor from a volunteer activity. We'd strongly recommend, but don't require, one letter of recommendation be from a college professor, preferably in science, who can comment on your academic ability. Personal references will not be considered. Letters of recommendation from a high school teacher will not be considered.  Applicants will include their reference's name, title and e-mail address when completing the application. Within two work days, the references will receive instructions via e-mail on how to submit the letter of recommendation through MyUpstate.
  3. SUNY application
    Transfer applicants must submit the SUNY application and $50 application fee (paid to SUNY) within 10 days of submitting the College of Health Professions application.

The curriculum codes for the SUNY application are:

  • Medical Biotechnology - 1815
  • Medical Technology - 1077
  • Medical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray) - BS - 2217
  • Medical Imaging - BPS* - 1518
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound (BS) 1977
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound (BPS) 1979
  • Radiation Therapy - BS - 2218
  • Radiation Therapy - BPS* - 1428
  • Respiratory Therapy - 1127

*BPS is for applicants who have earned, or will earn prior to entry, a degree in radiography (X-ray).

  1. Submit Official Transcripts
    Transfer applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college they have received credit from. Transcripts can be sent from the colleges to Student Admissions at the address below. If the college is able to send the official transcript electronically, they can send to apply@upstate.edu.

Applicants should e-mail grade updates to apply@upstate.edu at the end of the fall semester.

Transfer applicants applying in the fall of their freshman year of college who earned enough college credits while in high school to transfer after one year of college must also submit their official high school transcript.

  1. Test Scores
    Official SAT and/or ACT scores are required ONLYfor transfer applicants applying in the fall of their freshman year of college who earned enough college credits while in high school to transfer after one year of college.

Our policy for the SAT’s is to accept the highest score in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section, even if they are from separate SAT’s.  For ACT’s, our policy is to accept the highest score from the Math, Science, English and Reading sections, even if from separate ACT’s.

TOEFL or IELT
If English is not the applicant’s first language and the applicant is not currently residing in the United States, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report must be submitted. TOEFL’s and IELT’s are not required for applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. For our bachelor’s programs we recommend a minimum IELT score of 6.5. For the TOEFL, we recommend a minimum score of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based) or 79-80 (Internet based).

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Student Admissions & Financial Aid
766 Irving Ave.
1210 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

Once Your Application is Complete

After all required items are submitted, your application will be screened and your transfer credit will be evaluated. Qualified applicants for the College of Health Professions will be contacted to set up an on campus interview.

Applicants should e-mail grade updates to apply@upstate.edu at the end of each semester.

Decisions are sent out via e-mail. Accepted students will also receive an acceptance packet in the mail. See the acceptance letter for the deadline to submit a deposit to secure a place in the class.

Incoming students will be required to submit a background check after being offered admission, and prior to enrollment at SUNY Upstate. All admitted students are admitted conditionally until background check results are obtained and reviewed by SUNY Upstate.

Enrolling students are required to attend Orientation.

Checking Your Application Status

Once your application is submitted and processed, you can view your checklist to see what's been received. As items are received, they are entered into the checklist with the date they arrived. To see what we have and haven’t yet received, please log into your application with the same username and password you used to create your application. Towards the bottom of the page, click on the blue link that says “Processed applications.” If there is a date next to the item, it has been received. Please note that once you’ve requested a needed item and it’s been sent, it may take several days before we receive it and it’s uploaded to your application.

SUNY Upstate is proud to waive the Upstate application fee for US Veterans and/or Active Duty Military! Instructions on how to submit a waiver are provided within the application. If you have any questions regarding this waiver, please email apply@upstate.edu and indicate your program of interest.

SUNY Upstate is proud to waive the Upstate application fee for US Veterans and/or Active Duty Military! Instructions on how to submit a waiver are provided within the application. If you have any questions regarding this waiver, please email admiss@upstate.edu and indicate your program of interest.

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