Students accepted into this program are jointly admitted by St. Bonaventure University and Daemen College's Department of Physical Therapy, and have a reserved seat for physical therapy graduate school at Daemen awaiting them after three years at SBU. There is an option to complete four years at SBU.
The student majors in biology at SBU. After three years at SBU, the student moves on to Daemen. The first year’s credit at Daemen transfers back to SBU to complete the B.S. degree.
Upon completion of the program at Daemen, the student receives the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy.
To keep the seat at Daemen, program requirements must be maintained. These requirements include both academic and comportment standards, as well as 120 hours of clinical exposure in physical therapy.
The student also completes one summer session at Daemen after the second or third year at SBU for required core physical therapy courses.
Applicants must submit a single complete application to SBU. Applications that are complete by Dec. 15 receive priority. Later applications will be considered as space allows.
A separate application for Daemen is NOT required to enter the program. Required application materials that do not fit into online applications should be mailed to the Office of Admissions (see address at bottom of page).
Qualified applicants will be interviewed at SBU by invitation in January and February. A second interview is conducted at Daemen by invitation in late February to early March.
Decisions on acceptance are made in mid to late March. Up to five students are accepted into the program each year. Current SBU students may also qualify to enter this program.
SAT of 1100 or higher (critical reading + math sections only) or 24 or higher on the ACT
High school average of 88% or higher as calculated by the St. Bonaventure Admissions Office
Top 15% of your high school class
Community service is evaluated and taken into consideration
At least two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a science teacher.
An essay detailing your interest in a career as a physical therapist, and the experiences that led to that interest. This can be a second essay, separate from your regular “applying to college” essay.
A resume that organizes all of your qualifications and extracurricular activities in one place (GPA, SAT/ACT, physical therapy exposure, other clinical exposure, other activities).