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

Students may enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy professional graduate program one of three ways:

  • Freshmen students follow the Exercise Science BS – Pre-Physical Therapy concentration curriculum and apply to the DPT program during their third year of study to earn the 3 + 3 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT degree. UB students may also complete all 4 years of Exercise Science to earn their Exercise Science BS before applying to the DPT program (4 + 3 option).
  • Undergraduate 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.

Undergraduate Exercise Science majors who are members of the University Honors College are guaranteed acceptance to the Doctorate Physical Therapy program as long as they maintain eligibility to be in good standing with the Honors College and meet the necessary admissions requirements for the DPT program, including minimum GRE scores and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students in the Honors College must apply to the DPT program and submit their completed application via PTCAS.

Students who have completed some undergraduate coursework at other colleges or universities should transfer into the Exercise Science program to complete the necessary DPT prerequisite courses.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university that includes equivalent prerequisite 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 and Function or 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
  • MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I or  MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Management or MTH 141 College Calculus I
  • PGY 300 Human Physiology
  • PHY 101 College Physics I
  • PHY 151 College Physics I Lab
  • PHY 102 College Physics II
  • PHY 152 College Physics II Lab
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology or PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 336 Developmental Psychology or NSG 250 Human Growth and Development
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • ES 310 Practical Applications in Exercise Science with Lab
  • ES 342 Neuroscience
  • ES 344 Neuroanatomy
  • ES 370 Biomechanics I
  • PAS 407 Gross Human Anatomy

And one of the following courses:

  • ES 300 Theory of Athletic Injury I
  • ES 330 Life Span Physiology
  • ES 380 Exercise Physiology

Advisement Freshmen and Transfer Students

If you transferred to the Exercise Science program from outside of UB, or if are a current UB student in a different major wishing to switch to physical therapy, you should schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) each semester.

Freshmen students should schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) each semester.

Questions about the program?

Contact undergraduate advisement at or (716) 829-5000.