Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Admissions

The faculty of the Physical Therapy program value students with diverse educational backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals with a bachelor's degree, in any major, from a regionally accredited institution are encouraged to apply for admission. Those individuals with higher degrees in other areas are also encouraged to apply for admission.

Enrollment in the DPT Program assumes certain essential cognitive, emotional and technical skills. In addition to the academic admissions requirement, the Essential 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 2016-17 cycle.
  • Deadline Extension to January 15  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 15 Deadline for Early Decision applications to be submitted to PTCAS. (UNE is accepting applications for early decision through PTCAS for Fall 2017.

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

SEM HRS

Qtr hrs

Biological Science (no Botany)

Labs

8

12

General Chemistry I & II

Labs

8

12

Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II** (no Animal or Exercise Physiology)

Labs

8

12

Physics I & II

Labs

8

12

Statistics

 

3

4

Introduction to Psychology

 

3

4

*All science courses must be for science majors or for pre-health profession majors; no science survey courses will fulfill prerequisites      
**A&P courses must include all body systems and be a two semester sequence or equivalent; must consist of 8 credits of A&P I&II with labs or 4 credits of human anatomy with lab and 4 credits of human physiology with lab      
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years (completed Fall 2010 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)
  • 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

Only those applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be considered for admission.  Please note, however, just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance. The average GPAs for students accepted into the program are well above the published minimum requirements.

  • A 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 positive letters of recommendation are all looked at favorably in the admissions review process.
  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a US regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation is required.
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0, as calculated by PTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes)
  • Required minimum math/science prerequisite GPA is 3.0 as calculated by UNE using the best grade received with multiple repeats (excludes Introduction to Psychology course), 
  • Completion of the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required 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 (letters for politicians, friends, or family members will not be accepted).  We require and will only accept three (3) letters of reference as part of the application. The first 3 letters received will be reviewed and no additional ones will be accepted nor considered in the review process.

Note:    Before matriculation, all studentaccepted into UNE's graduate programs will be expected to obtain a physical examination and provide proof of up-to-date immunization status to meet all health immunization requirements.  Please visit Student Health Care  for details.

All matriculating students must complete a criminal background check and drug panel screening upon enrollment, as well as 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, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete applications as early as possible in the cycle.)The PTCAS application portal opens annually in early July. 
  • Early Decision Option: UNE does participate in the Early Decision option offered through PTCAS.  The e-submission deadline for early decision is set by PTCASand is August  15, 2016; decisions for Early Decision candidates will be mailed on or before September 26, 2016.
  • Requirements for UNE Early Decision applicants:
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 as calculated by PTCAS
    • Minimum prerequisite math/science GPA is 3.4 as calculated by UNE Graduate Admissions, based on the best grade for each course if repeated.
    • Official GRE Scores taken within 2 years of application date
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission.  Interviews are by invitation only.
  • Offers of admission for all non early decision candidates will be extended on a rolling basis with decisions following each interview session, and continuing until the program starts. In accordance with new traffic rules for PTCAS, the first deposit to secure seat deadline is January 15 for all applicants accepted prior to January 1st
  • 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 an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application

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

No transfer credit will be granted.

Advanced Standing

No advanced standing placement is available.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.