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.

You’ll begin your DPT studies by enrolling in UB’s exercise science program for three years of prerequisite coursework. This coursework provides a solid understanding of movement and exercise in healthy populations. The three-year, graduate professional DPT program that follows focuses heavily on clinical populations and teaching the assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of ailments.

Our program is unique—you start your clinical rotations after just the first year. You will spend more time in the clinic as part of our DPT program than nearly any other program in the nation, providing valuable practical experience.

Career Opportunities

It’s a great time to become a physical therapist. While the average growth rate for all occupations through 2020 is 14%, it is an impressive 39% for physical therapists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The profession is also consistently ranked as one with a high level of job satisfaction.

With a DPT, you’ll be eligible to sit for the licensure exam to practice physical therapy in New York or the state of your choice. Once licensed, you’ll be prepared to work in a range of settings helping people of all ages and abilities.

You’ll have an employment advantage as a graduate of our program which offers five clinical rotations, each separated by time spent in the classroom. This learning experience allows you to put concepts from the classroom into practice, and to then bring 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.

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exam pass rate

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2018 100% 97.5%* 100%
2017 100% 100% 100%













*First time takers to date.

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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