Students may enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program one of three ways:
Freshmen students follow the Exercise Science program curriculum and may apply to the DPT program during their third year of study or during their fourth year of study. Completion of four years in Exercise Science would culminate with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
Transfer students may enter the Exercise Science program, complete the Exercise Science curriculum, and then apply to the DPT program.
Students who have an earned bachelor’s or higher degree which includes equivalent prerequisite coursework may apply directly to the DPT program.
Detailed information regarding becoming a DPT student may be reviewed at Department of Rehabilitation Science Admissions website.
Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2017 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. Additionally, 92 percent* of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
(*Based on the percentage of students who reported a rank).
Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:
- Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
- Four years of social studies
- Three years of college-preparatory science
- Three years of a second language
- Three years of college-preparatory mathematics
Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.
Freshman are not permitted entrance to this program.
The Department of Rehabilitation Science does not differentiate between transfer and non-transfer students seeking admission into the DPT program. For transfer students, the general education required courses may be different from those of non-transfer students, but all other prerequisite requirements and admission criteria are the same.
Students seeking to transfer from other institutions should apply to the university and the Exercise Science program. Students’ transfer courses will be evaluated and advisement for completion of the lower and upper division prerequisites will be available.
In the sophomore year of exercise science, students must submit a completed Promotion to Professional Sequence form, due the Friday of the second week of the spring semester, in order to be accepted into the upper division ES courses. At this point, students interested in physical therapy should select the pre-physical therapy track. To be eligible for this track, students must have a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 and all grades in the prerequisite courses must be at least a C.
In the junior year of exercise science, students must complete the online Graduate School application to the DPT program; the application must be submitted no later than November 1. If accepted, students begin the DPT program, in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, in the following fall semester.
Students who wish to receive the BS in exercise science as well as the doctor of physical therapy degree should submit the DPT application in their senior year.