*This is not a baccalaureate degree program; it is, rather, a six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program comprises three academic years of undergraduate study and three calendar years of professional graduate study. The undergraduate portion of the curriculum is completed as an exercise science major in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Students who follow the first three years of the exercise science (ES) curriculum will have completed all the prerequisite coursework for the DPT program.
The DPT program has a longstanding history of excellence in clinical education and has enjoyed continuous CAPTE accreditation for more than 60 years. The PT program is highly competitive with a class-size of only 42 students, smaller than many other programs in the country. We highly value practical experience. Students complete 52 weeks of clinical affiliations during their 3 years in the program, more than nearly any program in the nation. Our graduates are successful. Our ultimate board exam pass rate and employment rate have been 100% for the past 3 years. Our students graduate. Our graduation rate has been over 95% for the past 3 years.
Our small class sizes allow for individual attention. We believe that students learn best when they are able to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom and lab. Our clinical rotations begin the summer after the first year in the program. The curriculum then alternates between the classroom and clinic. The program ends with a 12 week residency experience where students are able to gain advanced training in area of specialty of their own choosing.
We are investing in our laboratory spaces. Our updated orthopedic and modalities laboratory is now equipped with electric Hi-Lo treatment tables, a new lumbar and cervical traction table, ultrasound machines, and video equipment.
The faculty offer knowledge and skills from a wide range of physical therapy practice areas including: orthopedics, pediatrics, neurologic rehabilitation, acute care, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
Nearly 100% of our core faculty are PhD trained and are physical therapists. Our faculty have board-certification in the areas of orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Our faculty are involved in collaborative research in the areas of neurophysiology, aging, respiratory physiology, cancer rehabilitation, and educational theory. We have fewer than five adjunct faculty and we do not use teaching assistants to teach our courses.
Please visit the Rehabilitation Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.
Upon graduating from UB's program, students are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Exam, which is required for licensure in any state. To practice physical therapy, one must be licensed in the state where employment is sought.
Work settings include:
- rehabilitation centers
- nursing homes
- home health agencies
- extended care facilities
- outpatient clinics
The job market for physical therapists is currently very strong.
Salaries vary depending on the work setting and on the region of the country.
Information regarding the physical therapy profession and current salaries is available from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Post Graduate Opportunities
Opportunities exist for graduates to gain board-certified specialization in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, respiratory and cardiovascular rehabilitation, and electromyographic and electrodisgnostic testing. Residency programs are also available nationwide to gain experience in areas of orthopedic and neurological physical therapy. Students may elect to pursue a post-professional degree such as a PhD if they are interested in teaching or research opportunities.
Academic advising for undergraduate students interested in preparing for the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program, is available through the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). View more detailed information about OASA.
Students who are accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program are assigned to a faculty advisor for the three years of the program.
Students should seek advisement in the School of Public Health and Health Professions; contact the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at 716-829-5000 or by email at sphhp-OASA@buffalo.edu.
A limited number of scholarships and awards are available each year to physical therapy students.
View a complete list and additional scholarship and award information.