University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Information about Physical Therapist program at University at Buffalo, State University of New York




University at Buffalo, State University of New York (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 04/04/2007
Address:   Physical Therapist Program
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Department of Rehabilitation Science
515 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Phone:   (716)829-3141
Fax:   (716)829-3217
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (716)829-3141
Financial Aid Phone:   (716)829-3724
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Louise Gilchrist, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelors degree, December 1952; DPT degree, May 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
DPT clinical experiences include a total of 52 weeks: 8 weeks at end of year one; 8 weeks mid semester, 12 week internship at end of year two; and 6 month entry level residency in spring summer of year three.
There are nine full-time and three part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 100% hold post professional doctoral degrees. Of the total faculty, three are certified as clinical specialist, and eight are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10.
The University at Buffalo, State University of New York has a total student enrollment of 26,000. The physical therapy program enrolls 42 students per class selected from a pool of approximately 100 qualified applicants.
Admission to the physical therapy program is competitive and is based on previous academic performance in selected prerequisite courses, interview and essay. The size of the class is limited to 42 students per year. Approximately 95% of the class is from UB and 5% of the class is from other colleges/universities. Prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is considered qualified. Actual admission is based on GPA and other criteria as may be determined by the Admissions Committee. Students must apply to the program on or before December 1 preceding the August enrollment in the DPT academic year. Prerequisite courses include 2 semesters in each: general chemistry and general physics (for science majors, w/labs); 3-4 credits of statistics; 1 semester of calculus; a 4-6 credit course in anatomy; 1 course in human physiology; 1 course in psychology, 6 credit gross human anatomy, 3-4 credit exercise physiology, 4-6 credit neuroscience, 3-4 credit biomechanics/kinesiology. Students at UB are advised to major in Exercise Science as undergraduates which will prepare them for admission to the professional graduate DPT program. Admission procedures, including prerequisite courses, are subject to change; all students are urged to seek current information.
The graduation rate for the first 3 classes of the DPT program is 98%. The average pass rate on the licensure exam for the 3 classes is 95%. 100% of those responding to surveys are employed as physical therapists.
In-state tuition for the 2006-07 academic year is $10,920 for year one. Scholarship and loan opportunities are available to students. For information on general financial aid, contact the Student Response Center, 232 Capen Hall, Buffalo, 14260 (
The program starts with a one-week session in the third week of August that precedes year one of the DPT. The DPT is a full-time three calendar year program comprised of didactic and clinical internships/residency. Students are encouraged to be active in the Student Physical Therapy Club as well as the Western New York District of Physical Therapy. Graduate teaching assistants who are pursing MS or PhD degrees and who are licensed Physical Therapist are available to provide additional support for classes. The University offers on-campus housing in a variety of living situations. For information on housing, contact the University Residence Halls Operations, 106 Spaulding Quad, Elliott Complex, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14261-0008. Off-campus housing is plentiful. The campus is located within close proximity to Niagara Falls and Toronto, and Buffalo offers multiple cultural, sports, and entertainment activities including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, art, science, and history museums, professional baseball, football, and hockey, and recreational activities, including water and winter sports.