About Physical Therapy at UNE

Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in Maine with the University of New England — recognized as a top university by The Princeton Review. The UNE D.P.T. program empowers students to become compassionate physical therapy leaders who bring forth positive change and facilitate the wellness of patients and communities.

Become a leader in the expansive field of PT

In UNE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program you’ll join a welcoming community of passionate students, faculty, and staff who excel in the physical therapy profession across the globe. We work hard to make your education a transformative experience through community involvement, international opportunities, supportive relationships, and preparation for an ever-changing workplace. Be a part of our innovative PT degree program in beautiful Maine. 

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What Makes the UNE D.P.T. Special

Become Workforce Ready

PT lab exercise at UNE physical therapy school in Maine.

From standout elective courses to field learning across Maine, UNE's D.P.T. degree prepares students to be effective leaders in the physical therapy profession. For the past three years, our students have scored an average of 95% on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) — higher than the national average.

Join a Strong Community

DPT program students share projects in the UNE physical therapy degree program in Maine.

The UNE physical therapy program has a welcoming culture. Our students form lasting bonds with one another and with faculty and professional staff — bonds that last beyond campus and graduation. Many of the D.P.T. faculty and professional staff are invested in the physical therapy profession at state and national levels, and proudly share their expertise with students.

Learn Through Experiences

Experiential learning within the UNE physical therapy degree program in Maine.

As a D.P.T. student, you have access to top-notch clinical experiences. You'll also have service learning opportunities, such as the Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program — a program available for physical therapy students in Maine only through UNE.

Global Opportunities

UNE health professions student on service learning trip to Ghana.

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program have unique opportunities to travel and work hands-on in communities across the globe. From interdisciplinary experience on UNE's Morocco campus, to service learning in Ghana, to programs in Iceland, India, Greece, and other locations there are many options for you to expand your skills and make lasting global connections.

Meet Alumnus Daniel Frey ‘08

The University of New England D.P.T. program definitely prepared me to bring my running passion to my PT practice.” — Daniel Frey, D.P.T. ’08; Co-Owner of Finish Strong Physical Therapy in Portland, Maine

Read D.P.T. Testimonials

Quality Academics, Respected PT Degrees

UNE is proud of the recognition we've received, which echoes the success of our D.P.T. students. See details about our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program

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PT at UNE By The Numbers



Percentage of graduates who passed the national licensing examination on their first attempt



Percentage of UNE D.P.T. graduates surveyed who were employed within one year of graduation



Percentage of enrolled students who graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program


Live and study in Portland, Maine

Students of the UNE Physical Therapy degree program study on our Portland, Maine campus, a classic New England quad with brick buildings and tall trees that's about 100 miles from downtown Boston. 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

Portland harbor near the UNE health professions campus in Portland, Maine.

Learn More and Apply


UNE Professor Jim Cavanaugh teaches students in front of a screen with cyclists in view

Jim Cavanaugh co-authors publication on walking performance in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

students and faculty at vital signs screening event

Physical Therapy and School of Pharmacy students conduct vital screenings for older adults

LEND family picnic

Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities supports local families at annual picnic

Tom at Westbrook Housing

Center for Excellence in Aging and Health wins national recognition for partnership with Westbrook Housing

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