The Sage Colleges

Information about Physical Therapist program at The Sage Colleges





The Sage Colleges (A2, A4, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 11/02/2003
Address:   Physical Therapy Department
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
The Sage Colleges
Troy, NY 12180
Phone:   (518)244-2266
Fax:   (518)244-4524
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (518)224-2217
Financial Aid Phone:   (518)224-2341
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Marjane Selleck, PT, MS, PCS
Chair and Program Director
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelors degree, April 1946 (no longer offered); Masters degree, October 1996 (no longer offered); DPT degree, October 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
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 for clinical decision-making in patient/client management, communications, interpersonal interactions, and clinical research applications. The three year professional DPT Program begins in the summer of each year; graduation is in May at the end of the third year. The program is designed as a 3+3 program 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 professional program has been developed along six organizing elements: the Musculoskeletal Systems, Neuromuscular Systems, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems, Integumentary System, Critical Inquiry and Human Interaction. In addition to the six organizing elements, five curricular themes extend across the curriculum: Safety, Communication Skills, Ethical Personal Behavior, Social Responsibility and Professional Behavior.Post clinical seminars in specialty areas of clinical practice including complimentary therapies, aquatic therapy, pediatrics, sports medicine, geriatrics and adult neurological rehabilitation offer students the opportunity to gain further expertise in a focused area of practice. State of the art clinical laboratory facilities in which students practice and develop skills in preparation for their clinical education experiences and eventual practice, include dissection, adult and pediatric neurology, cardiopulmonary and exercise physiology, musculoskeletal and computer technology labs. All students complete a culminating critical inquiry project under the direction and guidance of a faculty mentor.
Students are prepared to successfully bridge academic preparation with clinical practice through 4 part time clinical education experiences that are integrated with the patient/client management courses. In addition to these part time clinicals, students complete 32 weeks of full time clinical education experiences in three different practice settings including teaching and community hospitals, specialty clinics and rehabilitation centers, private practices, and home health, early intervention and school settings. Clinical sites are located throughout the United States and in England.
An excellent student to faculty ratio of 10:1 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 Medical Anthropology, Higher Education, Administration, and Geriatric and Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Seventy five percent of the faculty have completed or are enrolled in a post professional degree program. Seventy five percent of the faculty hold an advanced clinical specialty certification including Board Certified Clinical Specialists in Geriatric, Orthopedic and Pediatric Physical Therapy, Certified Hand Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In addition to teaching, all faculty are engaged in scholarly activity and clinical practice, incorporating scientific evidence with practice and theory in the classroom.
The Sage Colleges Federation is comprised of three colleges in New York’s Capital Region: Russell Sage College for Women, the undergraduate co-educational Sage College of Albany and Sage Graduate School. For the 2003-04 year, Russell Sage College for Women has an enrollment of 828 students, Sage College of Albany has an enrollment of 998 and Sage Graduate School has an enrollment of 911 students. The average size of each graduating DPT class is approximately 24 students.
There are 2 points of entry to the DPT Program at Sage: 1) Women students from high school, or transferring from another college at the undergraduate level who are admitted to the accelerated 3 + 3 Bachelor’s leading to the DPT are guaranteed continuation into the professional DPT Program, providing all academic and pre requisite requirements are met. Students entering this accelerated 6-year program at Russell Sage College will choose an undergraduate liberal arts or health related major in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, English, Health Policy and Society, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Therapeutic Studies; The baccalaureate degree is awarded from Russell Sage College at the end of the fourth year and the DPT is awarded from Sage Graduate School at the end of the sixth year. In order to accelerate from the pre-professional to professional level of the 3+3 program students must demonstrate a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0.2) Qualified men and women who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have fulfilled the prerequisite courses for the professional program in Physical Therapy are admitted to the DPT Program directly through the Sage Graduate School and complete the DPT Program in 3 years. Students who have not completed all of the prerequisites may be admitted on a provisional basis before completing the prerequisites. Graduate students may complete outstanding prerequisites at Sage or at another institution, with pre-approval. The minimum academic requirements for students with a bachelor degree who are applying to the DPT Program include a cumulative and science grade point average of 3.0.Pre-requisite courses for the professional DPT Program include 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and physics; one semester of cell biology, exercise physiology, statistics, and 2 courses in psychology (Introduction and Human Development.). Students are also required to complete 40 hours of observation before beginning the professional program.
98% of students admitted to the professional program graduate in 3 years. All graduates are employed as physical therapists within 2-3 months of beginning their search for employment.
For the 2003-04 academic year: Sage Graduate School tuition is $565.00 per credit. Russell Sage College tuition is $19,200 and room and board are approximately $5,564 (women only). Students admitted to the 3+3 program at Russell Sage pay the Russell Sage College tuition for the first 4 years and the Sage Graduate School tuition for the last 2 years. Merit-based awards up to $12,000 per year and need based aid are available for Russell Sage College students. Students with a previously earned bachelor degree who are admitted to the professional program pay the Sage Graduate School tuition rate. Institutional, federal, and state funding is available for students. Graduate assistantships are also available for students. Approximately 85% of students receive some form of financial aid.
At Sage, housing is guaranteed for women students in our traditional residence halls and restored historic brownstones. At Russell Sage College, intercollegiate athletics include soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. Students are active in numerous clubs and service activities, student government positions, and other leadership activities. The student Physical Therapy Club has a very active membership of students at the pre-professional and professional levels of the program. There are monthly student/faculty service and social activities sponsored by the Physical Therapy Program. Students have the opportunity to work as undergraduate teaching assistants and graduate assistants. The campus is located in Troy, 10 miles from Albany. Public transportation is available, and an airport is located 10 miles from campus.