Russell Sage College Physical Therapy Department
65 1st Street School of Health Sciences 65 1st Street Troy NY 12180 United States

"This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS."

Program Description

The 118.5 credit DPT program begins in May each year and is typically completed in 3 years. Graduation is in May at the end of the third year. The program is designed as a 3+3 program or 4+3 for students entering directly from high school. Undergraduate students may also transfer into the program at the pre-professional level. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree and meet the program prerequisites enter at the professional level of the program. The DPT Program provides a quality educational experience to prepare competent, autonomous and professional entry-level practitioners in physical therapy. The DPT curriculum emphasizes a problem solving approach with collaboration and critical thinking skills necessary for clinical practice. Patient/client centered care is at the core of the curriculum that has been developed along six organizing elements: the musculoskeletal system, neuromuscular system, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, integumentary system, critical inquiry, and human interaction. In addition to the 6 organizing elements, 6 curricular themes extend across the curriculum: safety, communication, ethical/legal behavior, social responsibility, life long learning and evidence-based practice. All students complete a culminating critical inquiry project under the direction and guidance of a faculty mentor.

Clinical Experiences: 
Students are prepared to successfully bridge academic preparation with clinical practice through 3 part time clinical education experiences that are integrated with the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular and pulmonary patient/client management courses. In addition to these part time clinical experiences, students complete 32 weeks of full time clinical education experiences throughout the United States in different practice settings including teaching and community hospitals, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centers, private practices, and home health, early intervention and school settings.

An excellent faculty to student ratio of 1:12 allows students to enjoy a close mentoring relationship with the faculty. There are 10 full-time core faculty members. The areas of doctoral degrees and study that are represented in the faculty include exercise physiology, health sciences, higher education, medical anthropology, rehabilitation science, and physical therapy. Ninety percent of the faculty have completed a post professional doctoral program. Thirty percent of the full time faculty hold an advanced specialty certification including Board Certified clinical specialty in neurology, orthopedic, and pediatric physical therapy, with one person working on a certification in women's health. In addition to teaching and service, all faculty are engaged in scholarly activity and clinical practice, incorporating scientific evidence with theory in the classroom and practice.

Russell Sage Colleges is in New York's Capital Region: There are two campuses. One in Troy, N.Y. where he Physical Therapy Program is located and another campus in Albany, N.Y. The total undergraduate enrollment for Russell Sage College is1700 students with the total  graduate enrollment of 1250 students  The average size of each graduating DPT class is approximately 40 students.

The ultimate pass rate for 2018-2020 WAS 95%. All graduates are employed as physical therapists within 6 months of beginning their search for employment.

Tuition, fees and financial aid: For the 2022-2023 academic year: Sage Graduate School tuition is $990.00 per credit (118.5 credits). Additional fees for the 2022-2023 academic year, including books, APTA membership fee and professional liability insurance, are estimated at $2,000. 

Student life: 
Physical Therapy students are active in service and professional development activities throughout the year that promote the development of professionalism. The student Physical Therapy Club has a very active membership of students at the pre-professional and professional levels of the program. There are regular social activities sponsored by the Physical Therapy Department for undergraduate and graduate students. The Troy campus is located 10 miles from Albany. Public transportation is available, and an airport is located 10 miles from campus. The Capital District of New York offers rich cultural and recreational activities year round.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews
Interviews are available if the student desires one
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Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is applied to the student's tuition. It is non-refundable.
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Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Additional information about the class profile
The DPT Program at Russell Sage College gives preference to applicants who are currently matriculated as a pre-PT student within The Sage Colleges or attend the following articulation institutions who apply using the early decision process on PTCAS.  Those articulation institutions are The College at Oneonta, University at Albany, Siena College, The College of St. Rose, Skidmore College, Hartwick College, Marist College, Castleton State College, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No