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Physical Therapy

Educating well-rounded leaders in the expansive field of Physical Therapy.

At UNE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, you’ll find a welcoming community of passionate and invested students, faculty, and professional staff who excel in the physical therapy profession across the globe. We work hard to ensure that your education will be a genuinely transformative experience: through diverse study-abroad opportunities, supportive community relationships, meaningful community involvement, and preparation for an ever-changing workplace. The UNE D.P.T. Program empowers you to become an active, compassionate, and impactful Physical Therapist – an individual who brings forth positive change and facilitates the health and wellness of communities near and far.


What Makes the UNE D.P.T. Special?

You have study-abroad opportunities

A U N E student stands with a group of children in Ghana
UNE D.P.T. students have many unique opportunities to travel abroad and work hands-on in communities across the globe. From interdisciplinary experience on our very own Morocco campus, to service in Ghana with interprofessional students, plus new programs in Iceland, India, and Greece, there are a variety of options for you to expand your breadth of skills and make lasting global connections.
 

You are part of a strong community

Students share posters at a research symposium
Because UNE is a genuine, welcoming place, our D.P.T. students form lasting bonds with one another as well as with faculty and staff members — bonds that resonate beyond campus and graduation. Many of the D.P.T. faculty and professional staff are invested in the physical therapy profession on the state and national levels and proudly share their keen expertise right here in our classrooms.

You take part in experiential learning

Hands-on learning in the simulation lab
As a D.P.T. student, you have access to top-notch clinical experiences. Beyond that, you have opportunities to engage in service learning, in particular the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, of which UNE is the only program in Maine to offer.

You enter the workforce ready

Students engage in hands-on learning in the simulation lab
From standout elective courses to fascinating field learning right here in Maine, UNE D.P.T. students are prepared to be effective leaders in the physical therapy profession. Our students score an average of 98.2% on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)—seven points higher than the national average.


Admissions

See Admission requirements and application process for UNE’s D.P.T.


News

The team comprised of students Adrian Hale, Sarah Barbay, Bethany Gruskin, and Dahne Yaitanes captured first place
The team comprised of students Adrian Hale, Sarah Barbay, Bethany Gruskin, and Dahne Yaitanes captured first place

Students from eight different UNE programs participate in CLARION competition

Nearly 60 UNE health professions students, from eight different programs, recently participated in the CLARION Case Competition, a student-driven national initiative originating from the University...

Jim Cavanaugh, P.T., Ph.D., professor and neurologic clinical specialist emeritus
Jim Cavanaugh, P.T., Ph.D., professor and neurologic clinical specialist emeritus, presented his research at the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meetings in Denver. In total, nine of 14 UNE Physical Therapy faculty attended the conference.

UNE well represented at national physical therapy conference

Nine of 14 faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT) recently attended the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meetings in Denver,...

UNE occupational therapy students present at a recent conference at the University's Tangier, Morocco campus
UNE occupational therapy students and Professor Jan Froehlich present a poster at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of Morocco at the University's Tangier, Morocco campus.

UNE hosts ‘inspirational’ occupational therapy conference at Moroccan campus

The University of New England, in its continuing efforts to support global education and interprofessional development, recently hosted the 2nd Annual Conference of the Occupational...

Physical therapy by the Numbers

  • 96.7%

    Percentage of graduates who passed the national licensing examination on their first attempt (2018-2019)

  • 100%

    Percentage of graduates who passed the national licensing examination (2018-2019)

  • 100%

    Percentage of UNE DPT graduates surveyed who were employed within one year of graduation (2018-2019)

  • 95.2%

    Percentage of enrolled students who graduated from the DPT program (2018-2019)


Live and Study in Portland, Maine

UNE D.P.T. students study on our Portland, Maine campus, a classic New England quad with brick buildings and tall trees. Portland, named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, is the city on every list. A rustic port hosts a cool cultural scene — with outdoor adventure all around. UNE’s campus is just 10 minutes from downtown. Take a Virtual Tour >

Prechtl Assessment 

UNE offers both basic and advanced* general movement assessment courses that fulfill the standards specified by the General Movements Trust.

June 22–25, 2020

​*The Basic Course must be successfully completed before taking the Advanced Course.