Physical Therapy

Department of Rehabilitation Science

School of Public Health and Health Professions
515 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Phone: 716.829.3141, ext. 191
Fax: 716.829.3217

Louise Gilchrist
Director, Physical Therapy Program

Karen Panzarella
Director of Clinical Education

About the Program

*This is not 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 done 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.

Degree Options

The only physical therapy degree offered at UB is the Doctor of Physical Therapy, which requires a minimum of six years of study. Students can, however, elect to complete the BS in Exercise Science before starting the professional sequence of the DPT. The total length of study in this case will be seven years.

Acceptance Information

In the sophomore year of exercise science, students must submit a completed Promotion to Professional Sequence form (due on or before the last Friday in January) in order to be allowed to take the upper-division ES courses. At this point, students interested in physical therapy should choose the pre-physical therapy track. To be eligible for this track, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and all grades in the prerequisite courses must be at least a C.

In the junior year of exercise science, students can complete the application to the DPT program (on or before December 1). If accepted, students can begin the DPT program (in the Department of Rehabilitation Science) in the following fall semester. The prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of classes in August of each year.

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.


All undergraduate students interested in the DPT professional program should major in exercise science (ES). High school students and freshman students (including those interested in transferring to ES) should seek advisement in the School of Public Health and Health Professions; call (716) 829-3434, ext. 410 to schedule an appointment. Other undergraduate students should seek advisement directly in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences; call (716) 829-2941, ext. 261 to schedule an appointment. Information about the Exercise Science program can be found at

Transfer Policy

The Department of Rehabilitation Science does not differentiate between transfer and non-transfer students seeking admission into the D.P.T. 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 by December 15 of their sophomore year. They then must submit a completed Promotion to Professional Sequence form (due on or before the last Friday in January) in order to be allowed to take the upper-division ES courses. Transfer students may also be eligible to apply directly to the D.P.T. program. The prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of classes for the D.P.T. in August of each year.

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Acceptance Criteria

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 in required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Lower Division

ANA 113 Human Anatomy; or APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy and APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
ES 200 Science of Human Movement
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab
PHY 102/ PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
One statistics course (one of the following): STA 119, CEP 207, PSY 207

Upper Division

ANA 407 Gross Human Anatomy
ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury
ES 310 Exercise Assessment, Prescription and Programming I
ES 330 Life Span Physiology
ES 342 Neuroscience I
ES 343 Neuroscience II
ES 344 Neuroanatomy I
ES 345 Neuroanatomy II
ES 370 Biomechanics I
ES 380 Exercise Physiology
ES 441 Critical Inquiry I

Required Courses

PT 500 Professional Colloquium I
PT 501 Professional Development
PT 503 Medical Sciences I
PT 504 Medical Sciences II
PT 505 Evidence-based Practice I
PT 506 Evidence-based Practice II
PT 507 Cardiopulmonary I
PT 508 Cardiopulmonary II
PT 509 Foundations of Physical Therapy I
PT 510 Foundations of Physical Therapy II
PT 511 Practicum in Health and Wellness
PT 512 Clinical Experience II
PT 601 Musculoskeletal I
PT 602 Musculoskeletal II
PT 603 Neuromuscular I
PT 604 Neuromuscular II
PT 605 Case Management I
PT 606 Case Management II
PT 611 Foundations of Physical Therapy III
PT 612 Integumentary PT
PT 613 Clinical Experience III
PT 614 Internship
PT 701 Management and Administration in Physical Therapy
PT 703 Critical Analysis of Patient Care
PT 712 Clinical Residency
PT 718 Enrichment Capstone
PT 724 Professional Colloquium II

Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 77
Total required credit hours for the DPT: 182

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall�CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141; PSY 101
Spring�CHE 102, NTR 108; STA 119 or PSY 207 or CEP 207

Fall�ANA 113 or APY 345 and APY 346; ES 200, PHY 101/PHY 151
Spring�PGY 300, PHY 102/PHY 152

Summer�ANA 407
Fall�ES 300, ES 310, ES 380, ES 342, ES 344
Spring�ES 330, ES 343, ES 345, ES 370

Information regarding the graduate courses included in the professional phase of the DPT can be found at or obtained from the Department of Rehabilitation Science, 515 Kimball Tower, South Campus, Buffalo, NY 14214, (716) 829-3141.

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:47 AM