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University at Buffalo, State University of New York Department of Rehabilitation Science
University at Buffalo Department of Rehabilitation Science 3435 Main Street, 532 Kimball Tower Buffalo NY 14214 United States
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"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."

Program Description
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.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the 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.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
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Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit must be submitted when applicant accepts offer of admission.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Incoming Class Profile
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Size of Most Recent Entering Class
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Additional information about the class profile
The UB DPT program does not give preference to applicants who are residents of New York State.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No