The DPT program is a three year, graduate professional program that follows three years of undergraduate coursework.

From high school, your first step will be applying to UB’s exercise science program to complete the prerequisite coursework. From high school to graduating with a DPT degree will take a minimum of six years.

If you have completed some coursework at other colleges or universities, you will need to transfer into the exercise science program until all prerequisite courses for the DPT program are met.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university which includes equivalent coursework and you wish to apply directly to the DPT program, contact MaryAnn Venezia, program coordinator, at for course evaluation and additional information.

Professional DPT Program Prerequisites

The three years of undergraduate coursework includes two years of lower division prerequisite courses and one year of the upper division prerequisites.

  • ES 207 Human Form/Function  or APY 345-346 Comparative Primate Anatomy, 4-6 units.  Although ES 207 is the preferred requirement, ANA 113 (or courses articulating with ANA 113) are acceptable for transfer students.
  • PGY 300 Human Physiology, 4 units
  • CHE 101 and 102 General Chemistry I and II, 8-10 units of a two-semester general chemistry sequence for science majors with labs
  • PHY 101 College Physics I and PHY 151 lab;  PHY 102 College Physics II and PHY 152 lab, 8-10 units of a two-semester general physics sequence for science majors
  • MTH 121 Survey of Calculus or MTH 141 College Calculus I, 4 units
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics or STA 119 Statistical Methods, 3-4 units
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology, 3 units
  • ES 200 Introduction to Exercise Science, 3 units
  • NTR 108 Human Nutrition, 3 units
  • ES 310 Exercise Assessment, Prescription and Programming I, 2 units
  • ES 342 Neuroscience I, 3 units
  • ES 344 Neuroanatomy I, 1 unit 
  • ES 380 Exercise Physiology, 3 units
  • ES 341 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature, 2 units
  • ES 370 Biomechanics I, 4 units
  • ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury I, 3 units
  • ES 330 Lifespan Physiology, 3 units
  • ANA 407 Gross Human Anatomy, 6 units


Advisement for Transfer Students 
If you transferred to the DPT program from outside of UB or are a current UB student in a different major wishing to switch to physical therapy, contact a physical therapy advisor to evaluate your previous coursework.

Advisement for Freshmen 
You should schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) each semester. Contact OASA at or 716-829-5000.