Health Professions At Siena College

Students pursuing the study of medicine, dentistry and most other health profession careers normally major in one of the sciences at Siena. All students utilize their Health Professions advisor and their academic advisor to ensure appropriate course selection and opportunities for field experiences. The Health Professions Recommendation Committee reviews the student's application, academic and personal record for careers in dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine.

Students have choices of professional schools they would like to attend. To make their search easier, the College has relationships and affiliation programs with excellent professional schools such as SUNY College of Medicine (Health Science Center, Syracuse), Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Sage Graduate School Physical Therapy.

Health Profession Assurance Programs:


Physical and Occupational Therapy

Siena College and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative agreement to provide qualified students who wish to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) guaranteed admission if the following requirements have been met: automatic and early acceptance to students that have completed physical therapy program course prerequisites and have maintained a B average. The students will receive joint advisement from both Siena and Sage Graduate School; no tuition for some required courses to be offered at Sage in senior year and the opportunity to apply early for Graduate Assistantships in the Sage Graduate School.

The same requirements and conditions for the DPT listed above are applicable for this collaborative agreement leading to the M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.


Pennsylvania College of Optometry Program (Accelerated): Siena and Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) offer a time-shortened program leading to an optometry doctorate. Qualified Siena students will be accepted to PCO after completing three years in Siena's accelerated biology curriculum. Siena will grant the BS degree when the student has completed his or her first year of professional study.

SUNY College of Optometry Program (Early Assurance): This is an eight year program designed to assure high ability undergraduate students an acceptance into a Doctor of Optometry program at the end of their second year at Siena.  Students complete their undergraduate work prior to continuing on to the professional aspects of their program.

SUNY College of Optometry Joint Affiliation (Accelerated): Up to six students per year may be admitted into a 3-4 Bachelor of Arts or Science and Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) Program.  Students accepted to the Joint Degrees Program are admitted to a designated, prescribed major at Siena and simultaneously admitted to candidacy to the SUNY College of Optometry's professional program of study.


Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine Affiliated Program (Accelerated): The seven year program leads to both the B.S. and the D.P.M. degree. After successful completion of the first undergraduate year, students may be accepted to PCPM.


Boston University Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry (Accelerated): Up to five rising sophomores may be accepted into this accelerated program leading to the D.M.D. degree. Students enrolled in this 3-4 program will complete  three years at Siena and four years at BUSGD. Students will be awarded a B.S. in Biology by Siena upon successfully completing their first year at BUSGD. A variety of experiences that expose the student to the dental profession will be offered during the Siena phase of the program. 

SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (Early Assurance): The cooperative program between Siena and SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine was designed to assure an undergraduate student an acceptance into dental school after two years of study, thus allowing completion of their four-year undergraduate education without concern for admission to professional school.  During the third year at Siena, program participants gain experience in clinical dentistry and are permitted to participate in the summer research program at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.


Albany Medical College for Underrepresented Students (Early Assurance): Albany Medical College will accept two underrepresented students at the completion of the sophomore year. Accepted students remain at Siena and complete their degree in the major of their choosing. To be eligible to apply, students must have completed half of the required pre-medical courses with a 3.2 overall and science GPA. The required courses are: General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, General Physics for Life Sciences I and II.

Albany Medical College Early Program in Science Humanities and Medicine: Each year, 12-14 exceptional high school seniors are chosen from a pool of approximately 300 applicants, and are accepted into the 4-4 program jointly by Siena and Albany Medical College. High school seniors chosen for this program are personally and academically talented students who have demonstrated a commitment of service to others. Applications for this program are due by December 1 of the applicant's senior year in high school.

SUNY College of Medicine (Health Science Center, Syracuse) Early Assurance: (For NYS residents) Students apply during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Acceptances are announced by August. Accepted candidates are expected to complete their bachelor's degree at Siena, maintaining the same academic standards.  The program relieves students of the anxiety of the traditional application process.

Physician Assistant

Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies Early Assurance Program with Siena College: Albany Medical College on behalf of its Center for Physician Assistant Studies offers qualified students of Siena College the opportunity to apply to the Center for early acceptance in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Students may apply at the end of the first semester of their junior year if the minimum requirements are met including a minimum GPA of 3.2. These requirements are best met as a biology major at Siena. Students must present themselves to Siena’s Health Professions Recommendation Committee for review prior to applying.