Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program Overview
Why I Chose a Career in Physical Therapy
Therapy in Motion
The DPT degree program at UNE is distinguished by its curriculum, faculty and facilities.
Tradition of Academic Excellence
- The UNE Physical Therapy Program has had continuous accreditation and a reputation for excellence in physical therapy education since graduating its first class for entry into the profession in 1984.
- UNE, through its College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Dental Medicine and College of Health Professions, educates more students and practitioners in the health and healing professions than any other institution in the state of Maine. In addition to the Physical Therapy program, the College of Health Professions includes programs in Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Population Health and Social Work.
- Student Outcomes (Based on the most recent three years for which data is available)
- 97.7% of enrolled students graduated from the DPT program (2013-2015)
- 99.3% of graduates passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (2012-2014)
- 97.4% of graduates were employed within six months of passing the NPTE (as reported by graduates on a survey one year after graduation) (2012-2014)
A Personal Approach
- UNE is a small University; we take pride in our personal approach and this is consistently reflected in student evaluations.
- Our student-oriented philosophy is reflected in a small PT student-to-PT faculty ratio and individual advising by PT faculty.
- Our faculty is friendly and accessible. All core faculty members have primary teaching responsibilities in the curriculum. Our blend of doctorate-prepared and clinical specialists provides a rich environment for mentorship in a student-centered environment.
What the UNE Physical Therapy Program Offers
- The DPT degree, which is endorsed in the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision Statement 2020, will provide graduates with a competitive edge in the job market.
- A curricular approach that is congruent with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, the primary guide to contemporary physical therapy practice endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association:
- 36 weeks clinical experience available at 270 clinical sites throughout the United States. The sites represent the continuum of health care practice settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient private practices,ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, school/ preschool programs, and home health care.
- Opportunities for interdisciplinary and specialty electives. Curricular flexibility that allows students the ability to individually focus on specialized areas of interest.
- Opportunities for clinical research. A research track is available for those students wishing to conduct research under the mentorship of specific faculty.
- Opportunities for teaching or research assistantships.
- Opportunities for part-time study for some components of the DPT curriculum.
- A full range of outstanding student support services, including counseling, learning assistance, an office for students with disabilities, state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories with Window's- based and Macintosh computers, library services (e.g., mediated online literature searches, e-books, e-journals, and e-newspapers, data jacks and wireless access for individual laptops, individual and course related library research instruction).
Outstanding Faculty and Professional Mentors
- The DPT faculty is a dedicated group of more than a dozen scholars and clinicians who are entirely committed to entry-level physical therapy education. Most faculty members hold doctoral degrees; many hold advanced clinical certifications representing a variety specialty training areas. Additional highly qualified faculty members teach in the post-professional DPT program.
- The PT faculty have an established record of scholarship, professional service, and clinical practice, as well as effective teaching skills, as evidence by students and peer evaluations.
- Physicians and scientists from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Greater Portland medical community teach gross anatomy, neuroscience, and the five-course pathology and medical management sequence.
- A wealth of clinical resources—experienced physical therapists, physicians, and other health care practitioners from the greater Portland medical community—provide additional lecture and laboratory support in the DPT program.
The University of New England's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program uses state-of-the-art educational resources, including technology-equipped lecture rooms and a variety of clinical simulation teaching laboratories. An onsite academic health clinic, at which students will apply concepts learned in the classroom, is slated to be established in the near future. Learn more
Maine, The Way Life Should Be
The University of New England is located on the coast of beautiful southern Maine. The Biddeford Campus is located on a beautiful site in Biddeford, Maine, where the Saco River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Portland Campus home to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is located in nearby Portland and is designated a national historic district. Learn more about the UNE Experience.
A record of virtually 100 percent employment of program graduates who have chosen to enter the professional work force upon graduation. Our graduates are highly regarded in the physical therapy job market. Employment opportunities are available for graduates of the UNE Physical Therapy Program who wish to live and work in Maine. Recently named the best state in the nation to raise children, Maine and the greater Portland region offer a magnificent quality of life. The Greater Portland Region has also been called "the economic center of Northern New England." Assistance with career planning and job placement is available from the Office of Career Services.