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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 January for fall entry.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to should send an e-mail to admiss@upstate.edu  requesting to be added to the contact list. Please andinclude the college you’ve attended for Radiographic Technology (X-ray) and the program you’re interested in.  We will e-mail you when the application opens. 

Pre-Applying

Before applying, applicants are encouraged to review the prerequisite courses for their intended program of study. Prerequisite courses may be viewed online by program: Medical BiotechnologyMedical TechnologyMedical Imaging/Radiography (X-ray), Medical Imaging/BPS-CT and BPS-MRIUltrasoundRadiation 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 watching the Open House video for their intended major and by participating in an Upstate Event. We also offer pre-advisement sessions for prospective students who would like to meet with an Admissions Advisor to discuss admission requirements, the application process, transfer credit, program requirements, etc.

Completing the Application-Early Assurance for High School Seniors

WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?

High school seniors interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degrees at SUNY Upstate may apply Early Assurance as a high school senior.  If admitted as an Early Assurance student, we will save a space for the student in the incoming class two years later.

DEADLINE:
The SUNY Upstate College of Health Professions applications open September 1 and the deadline to submit the Early Assurance application is March 1.  Applicants will apply directly to their program of interest.

PLEASE NOTE:

Early Assurance Admissions is an option 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.

Applicants who can complete all required prerequisites within a year of high school graduation due to completing several prerequisite courses while in high school should apply Early Assurance.  If admitted, the applicant can submit a request to the Admissions Committee to enroll a year early once the Admissions Advisor has confirmed that all needed prerequisites can be completed on time.

  1. Complete the SUNY Upstate College of Health Professions application
    Submit the College of Health Professions application (open September 1 through March 1) 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.
  2. Letters of Recommendation
    • 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 notbe considered.
    • Applicants will include their reference's name, title and e-mail address on the Upstate College of Health Professions application. Once you enter your reference’s information in the application, they will be sent instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation. Both you and your references will receive confirmation once it’s submitted.
  3. Submit Official High School Transcript
    Applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript. If your high school uses Naviance for transcripts, please have them e-mail* or mail your official transcript to our office as SUNY Upstate is not able to receive transcripts electronically from Naviance.
Early Assurance Admissions applicants do notneed to submit college transcripts for courses taken while in high school at the time of application. If admitted, the student will need to submit the official college transcript(s).

 

International applicants should contact Student Admissions to discuss options for submitting a high school transcript.

  1. Ten-Week Grade Report

    Early Assurance applicants are required to submit an official ten-week grade report (first marking period grades/report card). *

  2. Test Scores
    Early Assurance 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.eduby the applicant’s School Counselor’s work e-mail. *High school seniors graduating in 2023 and applying for fall 2025 are NOT required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

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.

*High school transcripts and 10-week grade reports can be sent to us from the applicant’s high school via:

E-mail: Sent from your high school Guidance Office to apply@upstate.edu or

Mail: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., 1212 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 mid-August 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 sent to our office from the applicant’s high school via:
    Mail: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., Weiskotten Hall 1212, Syracuse, NY 13210) or
    E-mailed: apply@upstate.edu (preferred)

    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 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.  Once you enter your reference’s information in the application, they will be sent instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation. Both you and your references will receive confirmation once it’s submitted.
  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 1212, Syracuse, NY 13210 or electronically from the college to apply@upstate.edu.

Applicants with transcripts from foreign countries (excluding Canada) must send us:

An evaluation of their credits from an organization listed on this page, if we will be using any of the courses to meet prerequisites.  Evaluations must include translations to English (if not the original language) and converted to the US system of education.  Or

If we won’t be utilizing any of the college credits to meet prerequisites, we will require an original transcript (without an evaluation of credits) sent to our office directly from the college or university. Transcripts may be sent via:

E-mail: apply@upstate.edu (preferred) or

Mail: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., 1212 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 January, if space is available. If you're interested in being notified when the application opens and location of clinical sites, 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 or bachelor’s degree in radiography (X-ray) upon enrollment.

PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants can apply without all the prerequisite courses completed, as long as they are able to complete them prior to the start of classes. List on the application all the classes on the application 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.

Once your application is submitted and processed, you can view your checklist to see what's been received. 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. As items are received, they are entered into the checklist with the date they arrived. 

Applications will remain open until the program and the alternate list fill.  All applications will close June 1 if the program hasn’t filled by that date.  We strongly recommend that applicants not wait too long to apply as interviews begin in January (admission is rolling) and some programs tend to fill in early spring. We will announce program and alternate list closing on our Facebook page.

  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 on the Upstate College of Health Professions application. Once you enter your reference’s information in the application, they will be sent instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation. Both you and your references will receive confirmation once it’s submitted. 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 may submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher from their junior or senior year of high school (preferably science).'
  3. SUNY application
    Transfer applicants must submit the SUNY application and $50 application fee (paid to SUNY) within 7 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, an associates or bachelor’sdegree 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 via:

E-mail: apply@upstate.edu (preferred) or

Mail: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., 1212 Weiskotten Hall, Syracuse, NY 13210

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.

Applicants with transcripts from foreign countries (excluding Canada) must send us:

An evaluation of their credits from an organization listed on this page, if we will be using any of the courses to meet prerequisites.  Evaluations must include translations to English (if not the original language) and converted to the US system of education.  Or

If we won’t be utilizing any of the college credits to meet prerequisites, we will require an original transcript (without an evaluation of credits) sent to our office directly from the college or university. Transcripts may be sent via:

E-mail: apply@upstate.edu (preferred) or

Mail: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Student Admissions, 766 Irving Ave., 1212 Weiskotten Hall, Syracuse, NY 13210

Once Your Application is Complete

After all required items are submitted, your application will be screened and your transfer creditswill be evaluated. Qualified applicants  will be contacted to set up a Zoom interview.

Decisions are sent out via e-mail. See the acceptance letter for the deadline to respond to the offer. Regular admissions applicants will pay a deposit to secure their place in the class. Early Assurance applicants will not submit a deposit to secure a place in the class at the time of acceptance, but will submit a deposit when their acceptance is confirmed in January of the year of entry.

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 with the exception of BPS-CT and BPS-MRI students participating in the online program.

 

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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