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"I chose Upstate because the environment was very welcoming and it seemed like a great environment to learn. The faculty are great and willing to help anyone."
— Kristina Wulff

Professional Doctoral Program

The Professional Doctoral Program is a full-time, three year professional (entry-level) preparation program in physical therapy. The first year begins in the summer, and the program of study includes a minimum of 121 graduate credit hours over three years (including summers). The curriculum includes classroom instruction and clinical work, which may include day, evening and weekend classes.

Graduates of this program receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and are eligible to apply for licensure as physical therapists throughout the United States. All entering students except 3+3 students must hold a bachelor's degree. Early admission programs are available for high school seniors.


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The Professional Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org External Icon. Anyone wishing to file a complaint about the program may do so by contacting CAPTE at the address above or calling 703-706-3245. Additional information about filing a complaint may be found at http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/ External Icon

Our Mission

The Upstate Medical University Department of Physical Therapy Education uses innovative education, scholarship and service to inspire students and clinicians to be transformative physical therapy leaders.


Our 3 year (2012 – 2014) graduation rate is 95%; 3 year employment rate within 6 months of graduation is 100% and licensure ultimate pass rate for 2012-2014 is 99.4%. The first time pass rate for 2014 is 100% compared to a NYS average of 89.12% and US average of 90.4%.  For more details, see http://www.upstate.edu/chp/programs/pt/ptmissionandgoals.php

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