Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Admissions

Faculty in the Physical Therapy program value students with diverse educational backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals with a bachelor's degree, in any major, from any regionally accredited institution are encouraged to apply for admission.


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

Important Dates to Remember

July 1  PTCAS application portal opens for the 2015-16 cycle.

December 15  Deadline for application to UNE’s DPT Program through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  All applications for admissions must be electronically submitted through PTCAS. Please visit the PTCAS website for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.
August 17 Deadline for Early Decision applications to be submitted to PTCAS. (UNE is accepting applications for early decision through PTCAS for Fall 2016.) 

PTCAS will send your application to UNE after the application file is complete and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your PTCAS portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools. UNE will notify you via email when your application is received.  Additional communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle. 

On campus interview sessions will be held September through February. Interviews are required and are by invitation only.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

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Admissions

Prerequisite Courses

COURSES

SPECIFICS

SEMESTER HRS

Quarter hrs

General Biology I & II

Labs

8

12

General Chemistry I & II

Labs

8

12

Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II*

Labs

8

12

Physics I & II

Labs

8

12

Statistics

 

3

4

Introduction to Psychology

 

3

4

  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years (completed Fall 2009 or more recently) prior to the PTCAS application deadline.
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades are not acceptable).
  • *Anatomy and Physiology courses must include all body systems and be a full-year (two semester sequence) or the equivalent.  Combination of courses must consist of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of 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.
  • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed before enrollment. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your PTCAS application.  (Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Fall term prior to the PT program start must be submitted to PTCAS to be verified during the Academic Update period.  Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Spring or Summer terms must be submitted directly to UNE's Office of  Graduate and Professional Admissions as soon as they are available.)

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum,m requirements.  Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • Distinguished record of excellence and achievement in college as established by cumulative GPA and math/science prerequisite GPA, extracurricular activities, community involvement, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation
  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a US regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, as calculated by PTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes)
  • A minimum math/science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (excludes Introduction to Psychology course), calculated by UNE using the best grade received with multiple repeats.
  • Successful completion of the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE)  Recommended that all section scores be above the 30th percentile. GRE scores must be submitted to PTCAS from ETS and must have been completed within 2 years of application to the DPT program.
  • A minimum of 40 hours of observation in PT practice is required. Applicants are evaluated on their knowledge of the breadth and depth of PT practice, therefore, observation in a variety of practice settings and patient populations is recommended.
  • Provide three letters of reference with one from a PT and one from a professor required; the third is your choice (not a politician, friend, or family member).  We will consider the first 3 letters of reference received and no additional ones will be accepted nor considered in the review process.

Note:    Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements.  Please visit Student Health Care  for details.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and 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 the 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 and completed 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
  • 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.

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

Policy exceptions

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the DPT Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

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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.