UNE D.P.T. Admissions

This page is to provide you with complete Admissions information for the University of New England's Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program in Portland, Maine. You can find additional information on our D.P.T. program here.

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, as are individuals with higher-level degrees in other areas.

Enrollment in the D.P.T. 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 candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities.

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Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • All verified applications received on or before our priority application deadline will be fully reviewed and an admission decision will be disseminated no later than December 15, 2023.
  • Although in-person interviews are not required, qualified applicants will be invited to complete and submit a short virtual assessment via Kira Talent. Invitations to interview will be sent to qualified applicants via email.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.

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

Admissions Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Admissions Requirements


The University of New England Department of Physical Therapy participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

Degree Requirement

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to PTCAS. Please refer to the PTCAS application for additional information and instructions.
GPA Requirement
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is recommended, as calculated by PTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes).
  • Minimum science prerequisite GPA of 3.0, as calculated by UNE, using the highest final grade (excludes Introduction to Psychology); calculated using the PTCAS universal computation scale for quality points.
  • Last 60 credit hour GPA (as calculated by PTCAS) will be considered.
  • All applicants must meet or exceed minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission.
Prerequisite Coursework Requirements
Course Subject Course Detail Course Credits
Biology General Biology I and II w/labs 8 semester or 12 quarter credits
Chemistry General Chemistry I and II w/labs 8 semester or 12 quarter credits
Anatomy and Physiology I or Human Anatomy Lab required 4 semester or 6 quarter credits
Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Physiology Lab required 4 semester or 6 quarter credits
Physics (algebra or calculus-based is acceptable) General Physics I and II w/labs 8 semester or 12 quarter credits
Psychology General Psychology 3 semester or 4-5 quarter credits
Statistics College-level Statistics 3 semester or 4-5 quarter credits
Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Considerations
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades are not acceptable).
  • All science and statistics prerequisites must be completed no more than ten (10) years prior to UNE’s PTCAS application deadline.
  • Science course requirements – Alternative higher-level biology and chemistry courses with a lab component may be acceptable (with program approval).
  • Prerequisite courses may be in progress or planned at the time of application, and should be listed on the application. All courses must be completed with an official transcript submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the summer/fall term should be submitted and verified by PTCAS during the fall Academic Update period.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the spring/summer term should be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
  • All planned or in-progress prerequisite coursework should be listed on the PTCAS application at the time of application submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting all admissions requirements and therefore will not be eligible for admission review.
  • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities are acceptable with program approval.
Standardized Tests
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
Letters of Reference

Three (3) letters of reference are required* – submitted via PTCAS

  • One (1) academic reference from a professor, research advisor, or academic advisor.
  • One (1) letter from a licensed physical therapist from whom you have completed observation hours.
  • One (1) letter from an individual who can speak to your ability to be academically successful and practice professionally.

*Letters from friends, family friends, or family members are not acceptable.

Observation Hours
  • UNE requires that all applicants complete at least 40 hours of observation with a licensed physical therapist (PT).
  • Observation hours with a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA) may also be considered upon request.
  • All hours should be documented, verified, and submitted via PTCAS.
  • Although not required, it is recommended that applicants complete observation hours in a variety of practice settings and patient populations.
Personal Statement
  • Please refer to the PTCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to interview via email. All interviews are completed through the Kira Talent virtual assessment platform.
  • Although applicants are not required to physically come to campus during the application process, campus visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please email the Office of Graduate Admissions for additional information.
International Applicants

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be sent directly to PTCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE-approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information, minimum score requirements, and test score submission instructions.
Other Requirements

Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:

  • Admitted and deposited students must arrange for the submission of all outstanding documents, including transcripts and baccalaureate degree conferral via an official transcript submitted to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
  • Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations). Additional details and questions should be addressed to DPT program staff.
  • All students must have the ability to meet the Academic and Technical Standards of the Physical Therapy profession.

All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Policy Exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants.
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements.
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case-by-case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.

Transfer Credits

  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Physical Therapy program
  • The program director will review and award transfer credits on a case-by-case basis

Advanced Standing

  • No advanced standing placement available

Experiential Learning

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

D.P.T. Admissions FAQ

How can I find out about the status of my application to UNE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program?

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your verified application from the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment. All communication from Graduate Admissions and Recruitment will be sent to the email address listed on your PTCAS application. If you wish to check the status of your application please email the Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment.

Does state residency play a role in admissions to UNE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program?

There are no quotas for Maine or New England students. Prospective students from all geographic regions are encouraged to apply for admission.

Can I update or make changes to my UNE D.P.T. application post-submission?

Yes, updates can be made post-submission. Experiences can be added, but edits of previously submitted information is not allowed. Coursework can be during the Academic Update Period from mid-December to mid-February. See more information on updating your PTCAS application

I am reapplying to UNE’s D.P.T. What do I need to do?

Applicants reapplying to the UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy program need to resubmit all application materials for any new cycle in which they apply, including: primary CAS application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, written statements and responses, fees and payments, and any additional required documentation. Applicants should also actively update their experiences, extracurricular activities, clinical involvement, and volunteering each cycle as well, to reflect the most up-to-date engagement.