St. Bonaventure University

SBU-Daemen College (Physical Therapy)


B.S. - D.P.T. 3+3 Accelerated Dual Admissions Program

Two students in the Daemen College Physical Therapy Program
Students in Daemen College's Physical Therapy Program

Overview of the SBU-Daemen Dual Admit Program in Physical Therapy

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. 

Students must complete three pre-professional physical therapy courses  and one 300 level "Advanced Level Composition for Health Professions" course offered each summer at Daemen prior to the start of the professional phase of the program.

Applicants must submit a single complete application to SBU. Applications that are complete by Dec. 10 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 and will be considered on a case-by-case basis..


Application Requirements

  • SAT of 1080 (ERW+M) SAT or 22 or higher ACT composite
  • High school average of 88% or higher as calculated by the St. Bonaventure Admissions Office
  • 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.
  • Two essays:
    • One essay (Personal Statement) that will be included with your Common App.
    • An additional essay titled “Applying to Physical Therapy School,” which details your interest in working in the profession of physical therapy and why you are interested in starting that process at SBU and then continuing at Daemen College Dept. of Physical Therapy.
  • 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).

Maintenance Standards of Phase I of the Program

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 (A = 4.0)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 or better in all major science courses
  • Minimum grade of C or better in all courses
  • Biology major and program specific curriculum requirements
  • Maintain character/comportment requirements
  • Complete 120 hours of clinical physical therapy exposure

Daemen College Physical Therapy Program

A teacher and student in the Daemen College Physical Therapy Program
Daemen College's Physical Therapy Program has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its beginning in 1974. Daemen is the first small liberal arts college in New York state accredited to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and has graduated more than 2,500 physical therapists. Learn more about the Daemen College Physical Therapy Program.

How to Apply

The Common Application is preferred for this combined degree program.

NOTE: Send all paper application materials to 

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box D
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778