Admissions

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

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Freshmen/High School Graduates

Follow the Exercise Science BS – Pre-Physical Therapy concentration curriculum and apply to the DPT program during the 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).

Your first step is to apply to UB as an undergraduate.

Submit an online application for fall semester admission. Applying to UB online is fast, easy and secure. Choose the Common Application or the State University of New York (SUNY) application.

In your freshman, sophomore and junior years, you will complete the Exercise Science curriculum. After three years of coursework, you will be eligible to apply for the graduate professional portion of the DPT program and earn the 3+3 combined Exercise Science BS/DPT degree.

Honor’s College

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 by the stated deadline.

Questions about the Program?

Contact The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) for undergraduate advisement at: (716) 829-5000 or sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate transfer students may enter the Exercise Science program, complete the Exercise Science curriculum, and then apply to the DPT program.

Students who have completed some coursework at other colleges or universities should transfer into the Exercise Science program until all prerequisite courses for the DPT program have been met.

Your first step is to submit your application.

Questions about the Program?

Contact The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) for undergraduate advisement at: (716) 829-5000 or sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu.

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Students who have an earned bachelor’s degree or higher which includes equivalent prerequisite coursework may apply directly to the DPT program.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from another college or university and you wish to apply directly to the DPT program, contact MaryAnn Venezia, Graduate Professional Program Coordinator, at venezia3@buffalo.edu for course evaluation and additional information.

Students apply online to the DPT Program through PTCAS by the stated deadline.

Volunteer Observation Hours

40 hours are required as part of the admissions process. Applicants have the option of completing a Volunteer Form and uploading the form to PTCAS or having PTCAS verify their hours.

Questions about the application process?

Contact MaryAnn Venezia, Program Coordinator, at venezia3@buffalo.edu.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here: www.buffalo.edu/equity.html