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Physical Therapy

Welcome to the Physical Therapy Program

The University of New England's Physical Therapy Program at the Westbrook College Campus in Portland, Maine, began enrolling students in its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum in fall 2004.

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Physical therapy education is in a rapid state of transition. Although entry into the profession today requires a master's degree, the vision statement of the American Physical Therapy Association states that by the year 2020, "physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are Doctors of Physical Therapy…." Most of the physical therapist education programs in the country have completed or are in the process of preparing for the transition to the DPT entry-level degree.

UNE's Program

The University of New England's DPT program offers students an outstanding accredited, entry-level professional doctorate program within a department that has earned a national reputation of excellence since its founding in 1980.

  • The department takes pride in its friendly, student-oriented personal approach, which is reflected in a small student-to-faculty ratio. Faculty members are accessible, and people at this small university on the coast of southern Maine know each other's names.

  • The DPT program is three calendar years (8 semesters) in length and includes a combination of classroom course work, laboratory experiences, and clinical practicum experiences.

  • The DPT Program at the University of New England is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:703-706-3245; email:; website:

  • The DPT program is one of eight academic programs located together within the College of Health Professions on the Portland Campus.  The team-oriented focus of the College provides opportunities for students and faculty from all programs to interact, learn together, and collaborate in promoting the College's philosophy of interdisciplinary health and wellness. DPT Students graduate with more than a degree; they graduate with an invaluable, interdisciplinary experience well-suited for 21st century health care.


Individuals with a bachelor's degree from any accredited institution are encouraged to apply for admission to our DPT program. More information.

Any high school student or high school graduate who has been accepted to any undergraduate major at UNE may also be designated as a pre-physical therapy candidate. Please visit Undergraduate Admissions for additional information.



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