Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Students studying in the gross anatomy lab.

Earn the highest professional degree in the field with this three-year graduate program.

Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Graduates will earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and must pass the national licensure exam to practice as a physical therapist.


Students may earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at UB through two paths:

Only UB students are eligible to enter through the 3 + 3 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT program. All other students must have earned a bachelor’s degree before entering the DPT program.

A minimum prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C minus or better in all prerequisite coursework is required.

Why Chose UB?

  • UB’s DPT program has enjoyed continuous CAPTE accreditation since its inception in 1952.
  • UB is the only 3 + 3 DPT program within the SUNY system where students complete all 6 years at the same University
  • We highly value practical experience. Our students complete 52 weeks of clinical affiliations throughout their 3 years in the DPT program, more than nearly any program in the nation.
  • Our curriculum alternates between the classroom and five clinical affiliations so that the classroom informs clinical learning and the clinic informs classroom learning.
  • Our small class size (42-44 students) allows for individual attention.
  • Nearly 100% of our faculty have advanced doctoral training (PhD or EdD) and are active in research.
  • Excellent board exam pass rate, employment rate and graduation rate. See the table below.
  • DPT students gain additional educational experiences in the Behling Simulation Center and Clinical Competency Center where they engage in clinical practice with standardized patients. Students also participate in interprofessional education experiences with students from UB’s 12 health professions programs.
  • UB is a flagship institution in the State University of New York system, as the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Class of

Graduation Rate

pass rate

Employment Rate 1st Time Pass Rate (average over 2 years)
2019 100%   100% 95.5 (2019-2018)
2018 100% 100% 100% 94.2 (2018-2017)




100% 94.2 (2017-2016)




100% 89.2 (2016-2015)




100% 84.9 (2015-2014)


Our tuition is low compared to DPT programs at Private Institutions.  Buffalo has a low cost of living. Straight forward cost of attendance calculations.

Career Opportunities

There is a high demand for physical therapists in the workforce.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

With a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the licensure exam to practice physical therapy in New York or the state of your choice. Once licensed, you will be prepared to work in a range of settings helping people of all ages and abilities.

UB graduates have a distinct employment advantage. Our five clinical rotations are separated by time spent in the classroom. This learning experience allows you to put concepts from the classroom into practice, while also bringing real world experience back into the classroom. Our graduates cite this comprehensive training as key to helping them attain jobs by the time of graduation or soon after.

Fully Accredited

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314;  telephone: 703-706-3245; email: If you need to contact the program or institution directly, please call Mary Ann Venezia at 716-829-6742 or email

How to File a Complaint about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

An individual or organization that is unsatisfied with their experience or encounter with any student, faculty or staff member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo should file a written complaint against the program. There is a prohibition of any retaliation against the person filing the complaint. The complaint will be kept on file by the Physical Therapy Director’s files under “Program Complaints” for a period of 5 years. 

Complaints should be addressed to:

Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University at Buffalo
Department of Rehabilitation Science
501 Kimball Tower
3435 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214

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