Direct Entry Healthcare Programs (BS + Graduate Degree)

Direct Entry Healthcare Programs (BS + Graduate Degree)

Accelerate Your Future as a Healthcare Professional

You envision a future innovating and directing patient care. Getting you right where you want to be, Clarkson University’s Direct Entry Healthcare programs drive your admission into a graduate degree in physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies. Embark on an impactful career from the moment you set foot on campus.

What to Expect in Clarkson's Direct Entry Healthcare Programs

Fast-track your education and streamline your path toward your career in Clarkson’s Direct Entry Healthcare programs.

Upon fulfilling all admission requirements and academic criteria, you are guaranteed a spot in one of our three of our competitive graduate healthcare professional programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, MS in Occupational Therapy or MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

Build your path toward your goals with assistance from your advisor. Design an individualized plan of study pulling from a wide variety of career-relevant majors and minors speaking toward your interests. In the process, you navigate the curriculum with your advisor in pursuit of admission to one of Clarkson’s healthcare professional programs.

After completing the Direct Entry program, enter the workforce with a bachelor's and a master's or doctorate in your chosen profession.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes our graduate health professional programs as among the best in the nation. Placement rates attest to this distinction and the quality and rigor of a Clarkson education: 93 to 97 percent of graduates pursue employment in their respective fields. Commit to this career path and become a part of our prestigious legacy.


Our Direct Entry Healthcare programs lead into one of the following graduate healthcare professional programs:


Persevere stage by stage and challenge by challenge with your advisor, shaping your journey forward together. As a Direct Entry student, you collaborate with your advisor to design a personalized course of study to reach your goals and prepare for admission to a graduate health professional program.

Clarkson collectively supports your commitment and drive: with further assistance from a team across the University, you gain the right credentials, study for placement exams and apply to the programs of your choosing. Learn more about advising at Clarkson.

We want you to reach and achieve your goals. All students accepted into a Direct Entry Healthcare program are eligible to receive the following scholarships toward their undergraduate and graduate education:

  • CU Health Sciences Scholarship (Undergraduate Level) - $20,000
    This award is $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester) for eight semesters during your time as an undergraduate student.

Learn more about Clarkson's scholarships, awards and unique funding options.

Immerse yourself in the healthcare field’s fast-paced environment, evidence-based approach to patient care and current challenges even before you begin your graduate degree. Apply your knowledge outside of the classroom in one or more of the following pre-professional experiences:

"I chose to attend Clarkson because I liked the small class size and the focus on learning and providing medical care to the local community. Without a doubt, I gained essential experience and insights here that helped me be understanding and compassionate and grow into the kind of provider I sought to be."

Kylie Broughal '18, MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Career Possibilities

Pursue a career as an occupational or physical therapist, physician assistant or in another health professional role conducting or utilizing research to improve patient care.

Our graduates dedicate themselves to this mission in hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, government agencies, research centers and other healthcare settings.

Recent Employers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13 percent growth for healthcare careers over the next decade. Our graduates face the challenge and devote themselves to improving quality of life for patients in positions with:

  • ECMC Corporation
  • Healthcare Associates of Texas
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Pivot Physical Therapy
  • ProHEALTH Next Generation Pediatrics
  • Rochester Regional Health
  • SignatureMD
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • U.S. Navy
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

Contact Us

Lewis School of Health Sciences
Phone: 315-268-4301

Look ahead toward your career in Clarkson’s Direct Entry Healthcare programs. Whether you are considering Clarkson or are a current student, contact the Lewis School of Health Sciences today with your questions.

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Achieve Your Purpose Here

Be at the forefront of innovative and compassionate patient care. Take the first step toward a career as a healthcare professional with Clarkson University's Direct Entry program.