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 1st  PTCAS application portal opens for the 2014-15 cycle.

January 15th  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.

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.

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

On-campus Interview Session Dates (dates may be subject to change and are by invitation only)

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Friday, February 20, 2015

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

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Admissions

Prerequisite Courses

COURSES

SPECIFICS

SEMESTER HRS

Quarter hrs

Biology

Lab

4

6

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

Psychology Elective

 

3

4

  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years (taken Fall 2008 or more recently) prior to the PTCAS application deadline and 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.
  • 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

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, as calculated by PTCAS.
  • A minimum math/science pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 (excludes the 2 Psychology courses), calculated by UNE.
  • Successful completion of the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE)  Recommended that all section scores be above the 30th percentile.
  • A minimum of 16 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.

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 may 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 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 and not before then.
  • 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)

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 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.