Health Professional School Articulation Agreements

SUNY Oneonta provides highly qualified students the opportunity to apply to regional Health Professional Schools under specialized agreements. Application to these programs is highly competitive and NOT guaranteed. Additional information, including qualifying criteria, is provided under each program.


SUNY Oneonta & SUNY Optometry have developed an articulated 3+4 Joint Degree Program in Doctor of Optometry for qualified students applying for admission to SUNY College of Optometry in NY, NY.

The 3+4 program requires three years & a bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by four years of graduate study at SUNY Optometry.

​​​​​​Admission to SUNY Optometry's 3+4 program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

Application to the Joint Degree Program is a 2-step process: Part 1 is initiated either as a High School Student or during the beginning of the sophomore year at SUNY Oneonta and Part 2 is initiated during the summer before the junior year at SUNY Oneonta. Students should review prerequisite coursework for completion prior to applying to SUNY Optometry.

​​Additional information regarding the application process can be found in the 3+4 Joint Degree Program Agreement.

 Physical Therapy

3+3 in Physical Therapy: Under the Early Assurance Program, qualified students apply to both SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Upstate Medical University during the fall of their senior year of High School. Students must be accepted to both SUNY Oneonta and Upstate Medical University as High School Seniors to be part of the 3+3 DPT Program.

SUNY Oneonta, in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University, offers Early Assurance for High School Seniors to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program via the Upstate 3+3 DPT articulation agreement.

  • The 3+3 program is highly competitive
  • Application is made by high school seniors via the SUNY Upstate application portal beginning September 1.
  • Students are required to be accepted to BOTH SUNY Oneonta and Upstate Medical University's DPT Program during their senior year of high school.
  • The 3 + 3 program leads to a B.S. degree with a Biology major from SUNY Oneonta and a DPT degree from Upstate Medical University in a total of six years.
  • The Upstate 3+3 DPT is administered by Upstate Medical University.
  • For details, please contact Upstate Medical University at (315) 464-4570.

SUNY Oneonta students not accepted into Upstate Medical University's 3+3 program as a high school senior can apply to Upstate's DPT program through the Early Assurance Program for College Sophomores or Regular Admission during their final years at SUNY Oneonta.

Prerequisite courses for the DPT Program are defined by SUNY Upstate.

Students accepted into the 3 + 3 DPT program must meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor at SUNY Oneonta during their first semester at SUNY Oneonta to plan out expected coursework for their time at Oneonta based on individual student academic needs to satisfy coursework requirements prior to transfer to Upstate Medical University at the end of their junior year at SUNY Oneonta.

3+3 Upstate Course Work During the Three Years at SUNY Oneonta (Fall 2020 and later matriculants):

Students in the 3+3 are required to complete the Biology Major with specific coursework listed below during the first 3 years at SUNY Oneonta:

Year One (totals 30 semester hours)

  • BIOL 130, 131, 133
  • CHEM 111, 112
  • STAT 101
  • COMP 100
  • SOC 101
  • PSYC 100
  • Gen Ed (1 course)

Year Two (totals 31 semester hours)

  • BIOL 201, 212
  • CHEM 226, 330
  • PSYC 246
  • 300-level BIOL elective (1 course)
  • Gen Ed (4 courses)

Year Three (totals 30-32 semester hours)

  • BIOL 205, 206
  • PHYS 103, 104
  • Applied Biology Course
  • 300-level Biology elective (2 courses)
  • other electives (2 courses)
  • The Biology Major non-course requirement of Exit Program Assessment will be WAIVED upon successful transfer to SUNY Upstate.
  • The first year of courses taken at SUNY Upstate will be transferred back to SUNY Oneonta to meet the 120 credit hour requirement to graduate from SUNY Oneonta.
  • The following SUNY Upstate Courses will be transferred back to SUNY Oneonta to complete the Biology Degree Requirements for 300-level coursework: PHYT 601, 605, 611, 612.

SUNY Oneonta & The Sage Graduate School have developed an articulated 4 + 3 agreement in physical therapy for qualified students applying for admission to the Sage Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. The 4 + 3 program requires four years and a bachelor's degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by three years of graduate study at Sage. Admission to Sage’s DPT program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

The SUNY Oneonta-Sage 4 + 3 PT agreement provides for:

  • Preferred acceptance (based on space available) into Sage's DPT Program for students who have completed DPT Program course prerequisites, with completed PTCAS application and evidence of academic eligibility
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee
  • Early acceptance (for students who submit applications through the PTCAS early decision process the summer before their senior year)
  • Advisement to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to address DPT Program prerequisites
  • Opportunity to apply early for graduate assistantships

Qualified students will:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the DPT Program
  • Maintain a minimum overall 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate programs and 3.25 GPA in the DPT Program prerequisite science courses (please note: Sage will be allowing some exceptions on this for the next 2 years in order to help the transition process, especially for those students in their last 2 years of undergraduate studies)
  • Apply through PTCAS following the early decision procedures as posted.

Terms of the Agreement: Physical Therapy Admission

SUNY Oneonta students will be given preferred admission to the Sage Colleges School of Health Sciences for the DPT degree, who demonstrates the following:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree (or in progress)
  2. Minimum overall 3.25 GPA
  3. Minimum science GPA of 3.25 (Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs or approved equivalents; Physics I & II with labs; Chemistry I & II with labs, and Cell Biology with lab)
  4. Completion of Physical Therapy Program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (see prerequisite courses listed above)

To qualify for preferred admission to the DPT Program students agree to the following:

By August 15* of the year preceding graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Submit a completed PTCAS Application ( following the Early Decision Procedures, including:
    1. Official Transcripts
    2. Two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic
    3. Clinical Observation Hours Documentation (minimum of 40 hours, preferably in at least 2 settings)
    4. Resume
    5. Essay
  2. Submit the supplemental document form (DPT Academic and Technical Program Standards Statement) to the PT Department.
  3. Email the PT Department, indicating that their application has been submitted to PTCAS via Articulation Agreement with indicated school.

Within 30 days of acceptance:

  1. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended to the PT Department at the address above.
  2. Make enrollment deposit of $300 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Submit final transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and PT Program prerequisite courses to the PT Department at the address above

* This date is determined by PTCAS and is subject to change each year. Please visit for the most current deadline dates.

While interviews are no longer required, we encourage students to visit our campus and meet with a representative of our program prior to submitting their application to PTCAS. Please contact Kim Wafer at to schedule a visit or ask questions about our program.

Physician Assistant 

The Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies (CPAS) offers highly qualified students at SUNY Oneonta the opportunity to apply for early assurance to CPAS during their junior (3rd) year.

Note: SUNY Oneonta transfer students are NOT eligible for the EAP but can apply regular decision.

To be eligible to apply for acceptance into the Early Assurance Program (EAP) a student must:

  • maintain for each semester at SUNY Oneonta: minimum Science GPA & Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • be of junior standing (in 3rd year at SUNY Oneonta);
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above (*minimum 3.20 in all chemistry courses);
  • have completed General Biology I and II;
  • have completed General Chemistry I and II;
  • have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II;
  • have completed Elementary Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I; and
  • have made substantial progress towards completing Health Care Experience hours.

If accepted, students are assured of admission to the program upon:

  1. completion of the prerequisite courses
  2. attaining the required healthcare experience
  3. completion of the undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.20.

Early Assurance admission allows accepted students to focus on achieving a strong knowledge base in the sciences, completing prerequisite courses, and obtaining the required health-related experience. Accepted EAP students must carry full course loads during their remaining semesters at Oneonta and fulfill the remaining prerequisite courses.

The GRE is waived for students accepted through the EAP.

Requirements for Admission to the Center for Physician Assistant Studies, Albany Medical College:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. 1,000 hours of responsible health care experience by time of enrollment
  3. Application through the Centralized Application Process for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA)
  4. Supplemental Application with $60 fee
  5. Accepted applicants must meet Technical Standards for Physician Assistant Student

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better

  • CHEM 111 & 112 (General Chemistry I & II with Labs)
  • CHEM 226 (Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other Advanced Chemistry)
  • BIOL 180, 181 or BIOL 130, 131, 133 (General Biology I & II with Labs)
  • BIOL 205 & 206 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Labs)
  • BIOL 362 (Microbiology with Lab)
  • STAT 101 (Statistics)
  • PSYC 100 (Psychology)
  • COMP 100 (English Composition or other writing intensive course)

​​​​​​Application & Admission Processing timeline beginning FALL of 3rd year at SUNY Oneonta:

  • Fall: SUNY Oneonta Students submits "Intent to Apply" to Coordinator of Pre-Health Professions and schedules a meeting to discuss candidate's credentials and suitability of the EAP for the candidate's educational and healthcare training goals
  • Fall/Winter: Student begins crafting essay and contacts references to request recommendation
  • January: Student creates account at Albany Medical College & declares EAP by emailing
  • April: Students creates applicant account with CASPA (portal opens in late April)
  • May 1: Deadline for submitting supplemental application, career plan, & essay to Albany Medical Center PA Program
  • Early May: requests letters of recommendation from 3 references, finalizes essay

Application Actions and Deadlines

  • May 1​​​​: DEADLINE for Albany Medical Center PA Program to receive documents: ​​​​​​Supplemental application & career plan
  • Between April 26 - May 31 CASPA application, credentials, & supporting online documents uploaded & complete (for VERIFIED CASPA to be received by June 15 at Albany Med). NOTE: It can take CASPA 2-4 weeks to verify & transmit your application to Albany Med; your VERIFIED CASPA application must be received by Albany Med by the June 15 deadline, therefore it is recommended to submit your CASPA no later than May 31)
  • 30 days after submitting CASPA: CASPA processed and received by Center
  • before August 31: EAP Applicants Interviewed at Albany Medical Center
  • before September 15: Notification to applicant of Admission Committee decision
  • October 1: Commitment signed & deposit paid from accepted applicant

Students who wish to investigate this opportunity should express their interest to Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the Pre-Health Professions Program at SUNY Oneonta, during the FALL SEMESTER of their junior year to discuss the expectations of the EAP and the application process. ​​​​​​

Applicants should be confident of their interest in pursuing a career path in medicine as a physician assistant, and that admission to the Albany Medical College’s PA program is the path they would choose toward that goal. 

As a part of the application process, applicants must articulate in writing why they want to be a physician assistant and how they have pursued completion of healthcare hours. Any discrepancies in academic credentials should be discussed. In addition, they must outline their goals and objectives for the remaining undergraduate year, including time between graduation and the start of the PA Program. The plan for meeting these goals must include specific academic coursework, extracurricular activities and healthcare-related experience. Specifically, they must indicate how the proposed activities for the senior year will enhance their capabilities as a future physician assistant. Each accepted student is committed to continuing vigorous intellectual activity as demonstrated by the breath of education as well as depth in some field of concentrated study. 

Acceptance and Continuation in the Program:

An offer of admission by CPAS requires a reciprocal commitment by the student that is binding unless there is a compelling reason to withdraw from the EAP.

It is understood that the student will not apply to other physician assistant programs once accepted to Albany Medical Center (AMC) under the early assurance program. In return, the CPAS will reserve a place in the class to be admitted in January following completion of the student’s undergraduate degree. (ie: May graduates will matriculate into the Albany Med PA Program the following January).

Upon acceptance, a tuition deposit of $500 will be required. This deposit will be returned to the student if continuation of the EAP is denied by the CPAS. It will be forfeited if the student subsequently declines to enroll. 

Continuation in the EAP will require evidence of general academic progress consistent with past performance, and of significant progress toward achievement of individually specified goals. Students are expected to maintain a minimum grade-point average each term of 3.20 both in overall coursework and in the sciences. Grades in prerequisite courses must be “C” or better. Failure to meet academic standards will constitute grounds for dismissal from the EAP.

A center advisor will meet with the EAP students at least once each semester to discuss their progress and any problems that may develop. Ongoing communications between SUNY Oneonta and AMC representatives will ensure that both school’s requirements and individual student objectives are being met.

Admission to AMC can be denied should events occur that would cause the Admissions Committee to question a student’s suitability to pursue a career in medicine. These include, but are not limited to, felony conviction, academic dishonesty, or unprofessional conduct in a healthcare setting.

Occupational Therapy 

SUNY Oneonta and Sage Graduate School have developed an articulated 4+2 agreement in Occupational Therapy for qualified students applying for admission to The Sage College's Master of Occupational Therapy Program in Troy, NY. Students complete four years and a bachelor's degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by two years of graduate study at The Sage Graduate School, leading to an MOT degree.

Admission to Sage’s MOT program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

The SUNY Oneonta-Sage 4 + 2 OT agreement provides for:

  • Preferred acceptance into the Sage Graduate Schools for students who have completed occupational therapy program course prerequisites and with completed application;
  • Waiver of the Sage Graduate Schools application fee;
  • Early acceptance;
  • Access to Sage advisors to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to reduce or eliminate prerequisites in the graduate program;

Qualified students will:

  • Submit application to SAGE prior to the June 1 deadline
  • Complete prerequisite coursework prior to application to SAGE through the 4+2 OT agreement
  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA that includes the completion of occupational therapy program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (see prerequisite courses listed below) and a 3.0 prerequisite science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Physics I)
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the MOT Program
  • Document completion of clinical observation hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist

To be given priority in placement in the OT Program students agree to submit the following information by June 1 of the year preceding graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Complete application online
    1. The career goals essay & resume can be submitted with the online application.
    2. The supplemental forms (clinical observation form, program prerequisite record and OT program academic standards statement) can be emailed as attachments to
  2. Email the OT Department,, and Sage Graduate School Admissions,, indicating application has been submitted via Articulation Agreement with indicated school.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended.
  4. Submit one letter of reference from the SUNY Oneonta faculty and an additional recommendation letter.

Within 30 Days of acceptance:

  1. Make enrollment deposit of $300 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Submit official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree arid OT Program prerequisite courses
  2. Submit Clinical Observation Document: 20 hours of clinical observation with an occupational therapist

Program Course Requirements for SAGE 4+2 OT Articulation Agreement

  • ANTH 100 or SOC 101 (SOCL 100): Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
  • BIOL 180 & 181 (or BIOL 130, 131, & 133): General Biology I & II (or Cellular Perspectives in Biology, Organismal Perspectives in Biology, and Investigative Biology Lab)
  • BIOL 205 & 206: Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (CHEM 111 is a prerequisite for BIOL 205)
  • PHYS 103: General Physics I (algebra-based)
  • PSYC 100: Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 240: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 274 or 374: Intro to Abnormal Psychology or Abnormal Psychology
  • STAT 101: Introduction to Statistics​

Articulation agreement questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator

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