Program Overview

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree program, located in Maine, prepares you to meet the latest demands of a challenging and ever-evolving profession.

As the role of the physical therapist has expanded in recent years to include increased responsibilities in the areas of critical inquiry, clinical decision-making, diagnosis of impairments, and diagnosis of functional limitations and disabilities, our program has adapted. We prepare you to provide direct care to patients following illness or injury, as well as to participate in prevention and wellness, health promotion, and health screening activities. You learn to function as a clinician, educator, consultant, scholar, or potential administrator in the field.

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My favorite experience through UNE was the cross-cultural immersion trip. From my experience there I was able to satisfy my cultural curiosity while also leaving with the skillset of simplifying my technique and approach to rehabilitation.
Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Why UNE for Your Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • You will be supported to succeed in starting your physical therapy career. The licensure exam first-time pass rate for UNE D.P.T. grads is 94.5% (2020-2021), and 100% of UNE D.P.T. students are employed within one year of graduation (class of 2021 survey).
  • You will experience all areas of PT practice to help you meet the needs of a wide range of patients and communities and to develop diverse career options.
  • You will learn in state-of-the-art facilities on our Portland, Maine, campus.
  • For your clinical rotations, you will choose from hundreds of clinical sites across the U.S.
  • Students of the UNE PT degree program have unique opportunities to travel and work hands-on in communities across the globe, from UNE's Morocco campus, to service learning in Ghana, to new programs in Iceland, India, and Greece. 
  • You will be taught by leading faculty who have an established record of scholarship, professional service, and clinical practice, as well as effective teaching skills.
  • You will learn how to collaborate in today’s team-based health care by training alongside UNE students who are future physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.
  • Maine is an ideal location for living and learning! If you are seeking a physical therapy school in Maine, the UNE program is unsurpassed for student outcomes and experience.

Learn what makes the UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy program special

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The Three-year D.P.T. Experience

Our three-year program offers a rigorous curriculum that blends coursework, lab work, and three full-time clinical experiences. The coursework focuses initially on the foundational sciences, providing a base of knowledge in normal human structure and function. Next, you engage in evidence-based approaches to the physical therapy management of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. You learn both the functional and psychosocial impacts of health conditions, relevant medical and surgical interventions, and the physical therapy tests, measures, and interventions.

You also study the physical therapist’s role in disease prevention and health promotion, education, consultation, legislation and policy-making, and administration. You engage in scholarly inquiry by completing a case report or conducting a research project under the guidance of a faculty member.

Your learning occurs amidst a bustling health sciences community, as our Portland Campus surrounds you with faculty and students representing other health disciplines. You participate in interprofessional learning activities with them, and come to better understand how the work you’ll do will often depend on collaboration with other professionals.

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Academic Catalog.

Tuition and Admissions


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of New England is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website:; If needing to contact the UNE PT program directly, please call (207) 221-4590 or email

Complaints to CAPTE

Other concerns outside the realm of due process should be directed to the D.P.T. program director or to the dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions.

Clinical Experience

As part of the program, you complete three full-time clinical experiences, totaling 36 weeks. These occur during your second and third years when you choose from hundreds of clinical sites across the United States. These sites represent the continuum of health care settings, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient private practices, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities, school/preschool programs, and home care.

Upon finishing the program and earning your degree, you may sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam and then enter the profession.

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Employment opportunities

As a graduate of our program, you are highly regarded in the physical therapy marketplace. Our graduates enjoy a record of virtually 100 percent employment within the first six months after receiving their degree and passing the National Physical Therapy Exam.

Employment opportunities are available for graduates of the UNE Physical Therapy Program who wish to live and work in Maine. Recently named the best state in the nation to raise children, Maine and the greater Portland region offer a magnificent quality of life. The Greater Portland Region has also been called "the economic center of Northern New England." Assistance with career planning and job placement is available from the Office of Career Advising.

Recognition We've Received

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