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3+3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy with SUNY Upstate Medical University

The Health and Exercise Science department offers a 3+3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University. This program provides students the opportunity to take courses in Health and Exercise Science that satisfy prerequisite courses towards a graduate doctoral degree in physical therapy.

The 3+3 DPT program allows students to complete their DPT in six years as opposed to seven. Students complete their first three years of undergraduate coursework at Syracuse University in Health and Exercise Science and the following three years at SUNY Upstate Medical University in their DPT graduate program. The first year at SUNY Upstate Medical University counts for both the fourth year of undergraduate and first year of graduate work. After successful completion of the first year at SUNY Upstate Medical University, the credits are transferred to Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science is awarded.

Admission to the 3+3 DPT program is a two part application process. Students must apply and be admitted to Syracuse University's undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major. Students must also apply and be admitted to SUNY Upstate Medical University's 3+3 DPT program. In order to be guaranteed a place in the 3+3 DPT program, students must be admitted to BOTH University programs.

To be considered for admission to the 3+3 DPT program with SUNY Upstate Medical University, students must apply to SUNY Upstate, using their application (see below), by February 1st of the senior year in high school.  Students follow Syracuse University's general undergraduate admission guidelines and deadlines (early decision: November 15th or regular decision: January 1st), using the Common Application and the SU Common Application Supplement for admission into our health and exercise science program.

View the SUNY Upstate Medical University 3+3 DPT website with information on SUNY Upstate’s admission requirements and the online application process.