3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Collaboration with Update Medical University

3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Majors: Biology or Exercise Science

The 3 + 3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is an early decision program that requires 3 years of study at SUNY Brockport and 3 years of study at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Upon successful completion of three years at Brockport, the student will transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University and after successful completion of the first year at Upstate, Brockport students will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Upon successful completion of three years at Upstate in the DPT program, students will be awarded a DPT degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

To be considered for the program, high school seniors need to apply to SUNY Upstate in addition to SUNY Brockport. The admission requirements and application process for the 3+3 DPT program at Upstate may be found on their 3+3 Early Assurance for the Doctor of Physical Therapy page. Upstate’s 3+3 DPT application opens September 1 and has a deadline date of February 1. SUNY Upstate encourages students considering the 3+3 DPT program to add themselves to their contact list to receive more information about the Physical Therapy program, admissions information and to be notified about events. Any questions about applying to SUNY Upstate can be directed to admiss@upstate.edu.
SUNY Brockport students not accepted into Upstate Medical University’s 3+3 program as a high school senior can apply to Upstate’s Early Assurance Program for College Sophomores or regular admission during their senior year of college.

Students accepted to the 3+3 DPT program with Upstate must complete all courses required to meet degree requirements at Brockport as well as all prerequisite courses for the DPT program as outlined in the affiliation agreement and in their letter of acceptance. Prerequisite courses include the following:

Course Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I and II or one semester
each of Anatomy and Physiology
General Biology I and II 8*
General Chemistry I and II 8*
General Physics I and II (requires pre-calculus as a
English (Composition recommended) 3
Psychology (Child or Developmental
Social Science 3
Statistics 3

CPR is required at the time of matriculation.

*All science courses must include labs.

Conditions of Acceptance by Upstate are as follows:

  • Students will be required to have a 3.3 cumulative and prerequisite GPA by the end of the fall and spring semester of their junior year (a minimum of a B in each science course is recommended).
  • GREs are waived for students accepted under the Early Admission Program for the 3+3 DPT.
  • All science prerequisite courses must include laboratories, and are acceptable for transfer credit with grades of “C” or better.
  • SUNY Brockport agrees to accept the first year of academic study in the DPT Program at Upstate as the final year of study at Brockport and will grant a Bachelors Degree upon successful completion (at least a 2.0 GPA) of the first year of study at Upstate.
  • Students will spend three years at SUNY Brockport and three years in the DPT Program at Upstate.
  • SUNY Brockport agrees that a student accepted by Upstate will pay DPT tuition to Upstate for the first year and all subsequent years of study at Upstate.

Baccalaureate Degree for the 3 + 3 Program:

  • Students will be awarded the baccalaureate degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology or Exercise Science from SUNY Brockport upon receipt of an official transcript from SUNY Upstate Medical
  • University indicating successful completion (grade of C or better in each course) of the first year of Upstate’s curriculum. The first year of study at Upstate requires a total of 42 credit hours over the summer, fall and spring semesters.

Questions can be directed by email to Dr. Eileen Daniel, Professor and Vice Provost, the Brockport Coordinator of the DPT Program.