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.

Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • All verified applications received on or before the application deadline will receive full admission consideration.
  • All verified applications undergo a preliminary review for minimum admissions requirements and documentation.
  • Although personal interviews are not required, qualified applicants will be invited to complete and submit a short virtual assessment via Kira Talent. All invitations will be sent to qualified applicants via email.
  • Highly qualified applicants will move on to full admission review with the PT faculty admissions committee.
  • Admission decisions will begin being communicated in December 2021 and will continue until all seats are filled.
  • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.

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

Virtual Visits

Applicants are encouraged to view on-demand recordings of past Open House events through our events platform. A video tour of our facilities and introduction videos from several faculty members are also available. We encourage all applicants to explore the plethora of information available.

Admissions

Admissions requirements

UPDATE: ON-SITE INTERVIEWS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED AS PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS. As an alternative to interviews, the UNE DPT program will host a series of virtual Open Houses. Additional information and specific dates will be posted as soon as they are available.

APPLICATION

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, 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.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

Course Subject Course Level 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 & 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
Psychology General Psychology 3 semester or 4-5 quarter credits
Statistics   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, 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 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

  • UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test requirement is waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

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.
  • 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.

OBSERVATION HOURS

  • UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, the observation hour requirement is waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
  • Although observation hours are not required, any completed hours should still be listed in the PTCAS application.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • Please refer to the PTCAS application for specific writing prompts and 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 and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the PTCAS application for 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.
  • 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 COVID-19, 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.

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 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.

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