2019-20 Applicants

University at Buffalo, State University of New York


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Jaclyn Levesque
Admission Coordinator
University at Buffalo
Department of Rehabilitation Science
501 Kimball Tower
Buffalo NY, 14214
(716) 829-6736
(716) 829-6731
jl388@buffalo.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/27/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD combined degree program within the Department of Rehabilitation Science. DPT/MPH combined degree program with Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. DPT/MBA combined degree program with School of Management is in development.
Additional information about the class profile
The UB DPT program does not give preference to applicants who are residents of New York State.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
44
Anticipated size of next entering class
44
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
98%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
2%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Students may enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at UB through two paths: a 3 + 3 (combined Exercise Science BS / DPT) or a 4 + 3 program (traditional DPT). Only UB students are eligible to enter through the 3 + 3 BS / DPT program. All other students must have earned a bachelor’s degree before entering the DPT program.

The DPT program has enjoyed continuous CAPTE accreditation for more than 60 years and has a longstanding history of excellence in clinical education. Our program is highly competitive with a class-size of only 42-44 students, smaller than many other programs in the country. We highly value practical experience. Students complete 52 weeks of clinical affiliations during their 3 years in the program, more than nearly any program in the nation. Our ultimate board exam pass rate and employment rate have been 100% for the past 3 years. Our graduation rate has been over 95% for the past 3 years.

Our small class sizes allow for individual attention. We believe students learn best in classes that facilitate the application of knowledge and skills to the clinical care of patients. Our clinical rotations begin the summer after the first year in the program. The curriculum then alternates between the classroom and five clinical affiliations so that the classroom informs clinical learning and the clinic informs classroom learning. The program ends with two 12-week clinical experiences where students have the opportunity to gain advanced training in a clinical area of interest. Students are able to choose from over 1000 clinical education sites across the country. 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.

The faculty offer knowledge and skills from a wide range of physical therapy practice areas including: orthopedics, pediatrics, neurologic rehabilitation, acute care, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Nearly 100% of our core faculty are PhD trained and are physical therapists. Our faculty have board-certification in the areas of orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Our faculty are involved in collaborative research in the areas of neuro-rehabilitation, pain, respiratory physiology, vestibular rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice.

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. It is a member of the Association of American Universities. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. The student body is comprised of 21,600 undergraduate and 9,800 graduate and professional students, and there are 2,533 full-time faculty members.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$150.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit must be submitted as part of the official acceptance process. Failure to pay deposit by the deadline will negatively affect applicant's admission status.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
04/01/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
 
3.42
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.53
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C or better in all prerequisite coursework. If courses are repeated, UB policy is to accept only the second grade. Note that the minimum requirement of 3.0 GPA is not a guarantee for admission consideration.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
2925
PT Program department GRE code
0619
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Verbal reasoning % score
 
48%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
49%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
A total score of 295 (verbal + quantitative) is required for admission. Analytical writing portion of the GRE is also required. UB will take a student's best "day" scores. We do not "superscore" or take the highest section of each day.

Observation Hours

 
If you are a Physical Therapy Assistant – you do not need to submit Volunteer Hours. However, you do need to notify Jaclyn Levesque so that this information can be noted.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One character reference must be from a physical therapist. While the second letter can be from a physical therapist as well, it is recommended that an employer/supervisor or professor be considered.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International students who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency prior to the application deadline and sent directly to PTCAS. The exception to this is Canadian students. Canadian applicants send their official Canadian transcript(s) to PTCAS.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of C or better in all prerequisite coursework.

Students do not need to complete the Gross Anatomy prerequisite to apply to the program. Accepted students who have not taken the Gross Anatomy prerequisite must take PAS 407 at UB in the summer before entering the DPT Program.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
General Anatomy
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Gross Human Anatomy
Anatomy
Gross Human Anatomy which includes cadaver dissection or pro-dissection. Students do not need to complete this prerequisite to apply to the program. Accepted students who have not taken the Gross Anatomy prerequisite are able to take PAS 407 at UB in the summer before entering the DPT Program.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4-6
Acceptable Courses
  • Gross Human Anatomy
Biomechanics
300/400 level Biomechanics or Kinesiology course with focus on mechanical, neuromuscular, and anatomical bases of human movement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biomechanics I
Chemistry I
General Chemistry I with lab that a science major would take.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
General Chemistry II with lab that a science major would take.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
300/400 level Exercise Science course which includes exercise physiology or introduction to athletic injury
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology
300/400 level Exercise Science course with laboratory sections that include exercise testing and fitness evaluation.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Math
Only college level algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus are accepted
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
Neuroscience
300/400 level course covering fundamental neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
Physics I
General Physics I with lab that a science major would take.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
General Physics II with lab that a science major would take.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
300/400 level Human Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Any 3 semester hour psychology elective will meet the prerequisite. Child or Developmental Psychology recommended, but not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
General Statistics that a science major would take. Other math courses, such as calculus, are not acceptable to meet the statistics prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics