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. Those individuals with higher degrees in other areas are also encouraged to apply for admission.

Enrollment in the DPT 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 degree candidates must possess to engage safely and competently in required learning activities.

Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • All verified applications received on or before the November 16, 2020 application deadline will receive full admission consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • All verified applications undergo a preliminary review for minimum admissions requirements and required documentation.
  • Select applicants will then move on to full admission review with the PT faculty admissions committee.
  • Admissions decisions will start being communicated in December 2020.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.

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


On-site interviews are no longer required as part of the application process

As an alternative to interviews, the D.P.T. program would like to invite all interested students to an informational Virtual Open House for prospective applicants. Although it’s not required, we highly encourage all those interested in our D.P.T. program to attend the event, which is hosted and presented by faculty and includes a current-student question-and-answer panel.

Register for the D.P.T. Virtual Open House

Admissions requirements

IMPORTANT UPDATE: On-site interviews are no longer required as part of the application process. We will instead host several informational Open Houses in the fall. We highly encourage all those interested in our DPT program to attend at least one Open House. Fall 2020 Open House dates will be posted no later than 9/1/2020.


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.


Completion of 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.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, as calculated by PTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes).
  • Minimum math/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 GPA, as calculated by PTCAS, will also be considered.
  • All applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements to be considered for admission.


Course Subject Course Level Credits
Biology General Biology I and II w/labs

8 semester or 12 quarter credits


General Chemistry  I and II w/labs

8 semester or 12 quarter credits

Anatomy & Physiology I or Human Anatomy

Lab required

4 semester or 6 quarter credits

Anatomy & 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


General Psychology

3 semester or 4-5 quarter credits



3 semester or 4-5 quarter credits

Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Notes:

  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades are not acceptable).
  • All science prerequisites must be completed no more than seven (7) 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. 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 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.


  • UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee has decided to waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle.


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

  • One (1) academic reference from a professor, research advisor, or academic advisor.
  • Two (2) letters from individuals of your choice* who can speak to your ability to be academically successful and practice professionally.
    *Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable.


  • UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the observation hour requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 application cycle.


  • Please refer to the PTCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.


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 and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the PTCAS application for test score submission instructions.


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

  • Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory 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).
  • All students must have the ability to meet the Academic and Technical Standards of the Physical Therapy profession.

Note: 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.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.


  • 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 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.


  • No advanced standing placement available.


  • No credit awarded for experiential learning.

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