Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Admissions

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.

Application for Fall 2019

  • Applicants must apply through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
  • PTCAS application portal opens July 5, 2018 for Fall 2019 admission.
  • The deadline for electronic submission of PTCAS application for early decision is August 15, 2018.
  • UNE application deadline for electronic submission of PTCAS application is December 15, 2018.
  • Campus interview sessions will be held September through March as needed, and by invitation only.

Processing of applications

  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle to ensure full consideration for interview.
  • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received.
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your application and additional email communications are sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are mailed out after each interview session.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold you place in the class. A second non-refundable deposit will also be required at a later date in the admissions cycle.

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 any other supporting materials.

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



Coursework requirementS

  • Science (all with labs, 8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits)
    • Biology I & II (no Botany, Anatomy, or Physiology)
    • General Chemistry I & II
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II OR
    • Human Anatomy, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits, and
      ​Physiology, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits (no Invertebrate or Exercise Physiology)
    • Physics I & II (algebra or calculus based)
  • Other (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits)
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology 
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven (7) years prior to the PTCAS application deadline
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades, not acceptable)
  • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed prior to enrollment
    • Planned or in progress coursework must be listed on the PTCAS application at time of submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting minimum requirements
    • Upper level coursework (with labs) acceptable to fulfill general science requirements
    • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities are acceptable with approval of program
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the fall term prior to the DPT program start must be submitted to PTCAS to be verified during the Fall academic update period
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the spring or summer terms and not verified by PTCAS must be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions as soon as they are available

Academic/experience requirements

  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 calculated by PTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes)
  • Minimum math/science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 calculated by UNE using the best grade received with multiple repeats (excludes Introduction to Psychology course) 
  • Completed the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Within 2 years of application to the DPT program
    • Official GRE scores submitted to PTCAS (use PTCAS code 7797)
  • Completed minimum of 40 hours of observation in PT practice at the time of application
    • Applicants are evaluated on their knowledge of the breadth and depth of PT practice; observation in a variety of practice settings and patient populations recommended
    • Observation hours to be completed with, and verified by, a licensed PT (hours with a PTA are not acceptable)
  • Three (3) letters of reference (require 3 and will review only the first 3 received); no additional letters will be used in the review process
    • One from a PT with whom you have worked or observed
    • One academic reference from a professor, research advisor, or academic advisor
    • One from person of your choice who can speak to your ability to be successful academically and to practice  professionally (letters from friends or family member are not acceptable)
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an interview
    • Average GPAs for students accepted into the program are well   above published minimums
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be expected to
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status 
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening, as well as periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliations
  • All candidates must meet Academic and Technical Standards of the Physical Therapy profession

Procedures and Policies

  • Applications for admission are accepted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) only
    • PTCAS application portal opens annually in early July
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to PTCAS by the posted deadline
    • For more information and detailed instructions for completion of the application, visit PTCAS
    • Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit and complete applications as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview
    • Early Decision Option offered through PTCAS (UNE does participate and applicants must meet all course, academic, experiential, and application requirements, in addition to the following)
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 as calculated by PTCAS
      • Minimum prerequisite math/science GPA of 3.4 as calculated by UNE Graduate Admissions, based on the best grade for each course if repeated
      • Official GRE Scores taken within 2 years of your application date
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only
  • Offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis
    • Decisions are made following each interview session, and continue until the program starts
    • In accordance with the traffic rules for ACAPT, the first deposit to secure seat deadline is January 15 for all applicants accepted prior to January 1
      • Early Decision candidates and UNE Early Assurance pre-designates are excluded from ACAPT traffic rules
      • Early Decision and Early Assurance candidates will be required to deposit within 2 weeks of receipt of official decision letter
  • International applicants and applicants with international coursework or degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution (International Admissions)
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application

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


Transfer Credit


  • 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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