Physical Therapy : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Graduate: DPT

Advisement

High school and freshmen students should seek advisement in the School of Public Health and Health Professions; contact Cassandra Walker-Whiteside or Jillian Reading in the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at 716-829-6769 or by email at sphhp-OASA@buffalo.edu.

Undergraduate students and transfer students should contact Jillian Reading in the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at 716-829-6769 or by email at sphhp-OASA@buffalo.edu.

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 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 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. 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.

Transfer Policy

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 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 DPT program. Courses equivalent to the lower division and upper division prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of professional program classes in August of each year. Students seeking direct transfer to the DPT program should contact MaryAnn Venezia at 716-829-6742 or by email at venezia3@buffalo.edu before applying.

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Acceptance Criteria

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.
A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required.

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
STA 119 Statistical Methods

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 341 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
ES 342 Neuroscience I
ES 343 Neuroscience II
ES 344 Neuroanatomy I
ES 345 Neuroanatomy II
ES 370 Biomechanics I
ES 380 Exercise Physiology

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
PT 508 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
PT 509 Foundations of Physical Therapy I
PT 510 Foundations of Physical Therapy II
PT 511 Health and Wellness
PT 512 Clinical Experience II
PT 600 Community Service in Physical Therapy
PT 601 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I
PT 602 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II
PT 603 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I
PT 604 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy II
PT 605 Case Management I
PT 606 Case Management II
PT 611 Foundations of Physical Therapy III
PT 612 Integumentary Physical Therapy
PT 613 Clinical Experience III
PT 614 Clinical Internship
PT 701 Management Sciences for Physical Therapy
PT 703 Critical Analysis of Patient Care
PT 712 Clinical Residency I
PT 713 Clinical Residency II
PT 718 Enrichment Capstone
PT 724 Professional Colloquium II

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion: 79
Total required credit hours for the DPT: 186

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 101; MTH 121 or MTH 141; PSY 101
Spring CHE 102, NTR 108; STA 119

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

THIRD YEAR
Summer ANA 407
Fall ES 300, ES 310, ES 341, ES 342, ES 344, ES 380
Spring ES 330, ES 343, ES 345, ES 370

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Information regarding the graduate courses included in the professional phase of the DPT can be found at www.sphhp.buffalo.edu/rs/dpt or obtained from the Department of Rehabilitation Science, 501 Kimball Tower, South Campus, Buffalo, NY 14214, (716) 829-3141.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:00 EST