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Physical Therapy

DPT Program Admissions Policies

Admissions Policies and Procedures

The University of New England participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All applications for admission must be made through PTCAS. Please visit the PTCAS website for additional information.

Please note: We encourage students to apply early. Admissions is rolling and students are accepted after each interview session beginning in December.

We encourage and welcome ethnic and racial diversity in our program.


Important Dates to remember

  • January 15, 2014 Deadline to apply to UNE's DPT Program.  To be considered you must e-submit your application to PTCAS by January 15th.  PTCAS will send your application to us once the application file is complete and verified.  Please be sure to check the status of your PTCAS portal account to be certain that all your materials have been received and your application mailed.
  • On-campus Interview Session Dates (by invitation only)
    • TBD


Admissions requirements for 2013-2014

The faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy value students with diverse educational backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals with a bachelor's degree, in any major, from any regionally accredited institution (see PTCAS for specific accrediting bodies) are encouraged to apply for admission.

Enrollment in the DPT Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional, and technical skills. The Program Academic and Technical Standards delineate the abilities and skills that degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities.

Requirements for Admissions

Prerequisite Courses

Courses Specifics Semester
Biology Lab
General Chemistry I & II
Labs 8
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II*
Labs 8
Physics I & II
Labs 8
Statistics   3
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology Elective
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven years prior to the PTCAS application deadline.
  • *The Anatomy and Physiology courses must include all body systems and be a full-year (two semester sequence) or the equivalent. This must consist of either 4 credits of human anatomy with lab and 4 credits of human physiology with lab OR 8 credits of A&P I & II (both with lab). Animal Physiology or Exercise Physiology will not satisfy the physiology prerequisite.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; “C-“grades are not acceptable. Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by August, prior to matriculation. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your PTCAS application.
  • Upon completion of the in-progress and planned coursework please submit official transcripts to UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Academic/Experience Requirements

  • Distinguished record of excellence and achievement in college as established by cumulative GPA and math/science pre-requisite GPA, extracurricular activities, community involvement, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation
  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum math/science pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 (excludes the 2 Psychology courses)
  • Successful completion of the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Recommended that all section scores be above the 30th percentile.
  • Observation in PT practice is highly recommended. While a specific number of hours are not required, the Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on their knowledge of the breadth and depth of PT practice.

Note: Before matriculation, accepted applicants will need to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Immunization requirements are based on recommendations for health professionals by the Centers for Disease Control. This information must be presented prior to matriculation.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens periodically throughout the DPT program.

Procedures and Policies

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Central Application Service for Physical Therapy (PTCAS).
  • Applications must be submitted to PTCAS by posted deadline.  Given the normally heavy volume of applications, it is strongly encouraged that completed applications be submitted as early as possible in the cycle.  The PTCAS application portal opens annually in early July.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation of the Admissions Committee, and are required for admission.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session and continue until the program starts. Applications received before the deadline will be given full consideration. Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Admissions for a list of educational credential evaluators. 
  • International applicants must submit the International Student Supplemental Application Form at time of acceptance to the university.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, (see International Admissions.)  If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline.
  • Official transcripts for in-progress degrees and other in-progress or planned prerequisites must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions prior to matriculation. (This includes all degrees/coursework in progress and planned at the time of submission of the PTCAS application)

The Admission Committee reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to the admission policies and procedures without notice when it deems such a decision is appropriate.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the PT Website.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit
Requests for consideration of transfer credit will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Standing
Requests for consideration of transfer credit for advanced standing placement will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Experiential Learning
No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

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