Marist College - Sage Graduate School
Early Acceptance Programs
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

This program facilitates the transition of qualified Marist College graduates into health professions graduate programs in Occupational Therapy (M.S.) or Physical Therapy (DPT) at Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York. This provides opportunities for students to remain in the Hudson River Valley for graduate health professional training. The collaboration between Marist and Sage provides for:

  • Automatic acceptance in the Occupational Therapy master's and Physical Therapy doctoral degree programs at the Sage Graduate School for students who have
    • completed a Sage application and program-specific prerequisite courses,
    • completed an acceptable series of courses at Marist College leading to a baccalaureate degree, and
    • obtained a recommendation from the Marist College Health Professions committee;
  • Waiver of the Sage Graduate School application fee;
  • Early acceptance;
  • Advisement to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to satisfy prerequisites for the graduate program;
  • Opportunity to apply for early Graduate Assistantships at Sage Graduate School;

For further information, see below or contact either of the following Marist faculty members:
Dr. Joseph Bettencourt (845-575-2243 or Joseph.Bettencourt@marist.edu)

Marist College students will be guaranteed admission to Sage Graduate School for the MS in OT degree, who demonstrate the following:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum science GPA of 2.75 (must include General Physics I & II and either Anatomy & Physiology I and II or Comparative Anatomy and Vertebrate Physiology)
  • Completion of occupational therapy program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (see prerequisite courses listed below)

To guarantee placement in the OT Program students agree to submit the following information:

By January 1 of the year preceding graduation from Marist College (typically in the fall of junior year):

  • 1. Completed SGS application packet (fee waived)
  • 2. Official transcripts from all college institutions attended
  • 3. Current resume
  • 4. One letter of recommendation from the Marist College Health Professions Committee

By October 15 of the graduation year at Marist College (during the fall of senior year):

  • 5. Clinical Observation Document: 20 hours of clinical observation with an occupational therapist
  • 6. OT Admission interview; contact Wendy Krupnick at (518) 244-2267 or krupnw@sage.edu
  • 7. Enrollment deposit of $500 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from Marist College:

  • 8. Official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and OT Program prerequisite courses

The following Marist College courses meet SGS OT Program prerequisites:

Marist College Course Number and Title SGS OT Program Course Prerequisites
BIO 201 A & P I or BIO 340 Comparative Anatomy BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 202 A & P II or BIO 440 Vertebrate Physiology BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II
PHY 211/213 General Physics I & Lab PHY 101 General Physics I
PHY 212/214 General Physics II & Lab PHY 102 General Physics II
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics I PSY 207/MAT 220 Statistics
CSIS 103 Introduction to Computer Systems CSI 101 Computer Literacy (or demonstrated competence in computer applications)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 317 and 321 Child and Adolescent/Adult Psych PSY 202 Human Development
PSY 202 Abnormal Psychology PSY 308 Abnormal Psychology

DPT Physical Therapy Program

Marist College students will be guaranteed admission to Sage Graduate School for the DPT degree, who demonstrate the following:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (must include Anatomy & Physiology I and II or Comparative Anatomy and Vertebrate Physiology; General Physics I & II; General Chemistry I & II, General Biology I and Lab and Exercise Physiology with lab)
  • Completion of Physical Therapy Program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (see prerequisite courses listed below)

To guarantee placement in the PT Program students agree to submit the following information:

By January 1 of the year preceding graduation from Marist College (typically in the fall of junior year):

  • 1. Completed SGS application packet (fee waived)
  • 2. Official transcripts from all college institutions attended
  • 3. Current resume
  • 4. One letter of recommendation from the Marist College Health Professions Committee

By October 15 of the graduation year at Marist College (typically during the fall of senior year):

  • 5. Clinical Observation Document: 40 hours of clinical observation with a physical therapist
  • 6. PT Admission interview; contact Marjane Selleck at (518) 244-2266 or sellem@sage.edu
  • 7. Enrollment deposit of $500 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from Marist College:

  • 8. Official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and PT Program prerequisite courses

The following Marist College courses meet SGS PT Program prerequisites:

Marist College Course Number and Title SGS PT Program Course Prerequisites
BIOL 201 A & P I or BIO 340 Comparative Anatomy BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 202 A & P II or BIO 440 Vertebrate Physiology BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 110/112 General Biology I & Lab BIO 220 Cell Biology
PHY 211/213 General Physics I & Lab PHY 101 General Physics I
PHY 212/214 General Physics II & Lab PHY 102 General Physics II
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I & Lab CHM 111 General Chemistry I
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II & Lab CHM 112 General Chemistry II
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics I PSY 207/MAT 220 Statistics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 317 Child Development PSY 202 Human Development
HLTH 301 Exercise Physiology SCI 310 Exercise Physiology (with permission of the PT Program, students may be able to complete this course in the fall semester of the first year of the PT Program)
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