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Physical Therapy (DPT)

(HEGIS: , CIP: 51.2308 Physical Therapy/Therapist)

School of Public Health and Health Professions

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Sue Ann Sisto
Rehabilitation Science Department Chair

Kirkwood Personius
Program Director

Juli Wylegala
Director of Clinical Education

Douglas Frye
Associate Director of Clinical Education

MaryAnn Venezia
Program Coordinator

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Why study Physical Therapy (DPT) at UB?

*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 is a 3 + 3 Combined BS/DPT program which 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 ultimate board exam pass rate and and graduation rate have been 100% for the past 4 years.

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will pass the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) exam
  • Students within the DPT program will pass their 2nd year Integrated Standardized Patient Exam (ISPE)
  • Students within the DPT program will pass their clinical experiences
  • Graduates will obtain employment within the PT profession within 6 months of passing their board exam

The Learning Environment

Our small class sizes allows 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 academic 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.

About Our Facilities

We are investing in our laboratory spaces. Our updated laboratories are equipped with electric Hi-Lo treatment tables, a new lumbar and cervical traction table, ultrasound machines, exercise equipment, and video capability.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty offer knowledge and skills from a wide range of physical therapy practice areas including: orthopedics, pediatrics, neurologic rehabilitation, acute care, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

100% of our core faculty are PhD trained and are licensed 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 spinal cord injury, concussion, aging, neurophysiology, and interprofessional practice. We have fewer than five adjunct faculty and we do not use teaching assistants to teach our courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Rehabilitation Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

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:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers
  • nursing homes
  • home health agencies
  • extended care facilities
  • outpatient clinics
  • schools

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 clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, cardiovascular and pulmonary, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, women’s health, and wound management physical therapy. 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

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.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), call 716-829-5000 or email OASA.

Scholarships and Financial Support

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.

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:15