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Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapy program at the University of New Mexico is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (505) 272-5479 or email HSC-UNMPTProgram@salud.unm.edu

(CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax ST
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-706-3245

Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: www.capteonline.org.

Accreditation through this national professional organization ensures that our graduates become highly skilled Doctors of Physical Therapy, who are recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice.

Admissions

  • The program is well established and has been in existence for close to 50 years (first class attended from 1974-1976).

  • Class size is relatively small, which is ideal for a physical therapy curriculum (student: faculty ratio ~3:1).

  • Students form solid bonds with one another, much like family.

  • The market for Physical Therapists is currently strong, a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

  • Average starting salary is approximately $60,00-$75,000 per year.

  • Graduates are often approached before graduation for employment.

  • 100% of graduates find positions in physical therapy.

  • Many job opportunities are right here in New Mexico – check out our Career Opportunities Page for recently submitted jobs.

  • The curriculum is challenging, fulltime and intensive over 34 months.

  • As a member of the School of Medicine (SOM), there is access to SOM resources:

    • excellent cadaver lab; hands on education using cadavers

    • award winning medical library

  • Exceptional students make our program what it is. They are in it for all the right reasons:

    • excellent students (average GPA of 3.5 or better)

    • choice to make a positive difference in another’s life

The program's selection process does not discriminate against any student on the basis of gender, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, national origin or physical handicap.
  • Faculty have a very broad range of specialties with board certified specialist is: neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, and sports.

  • Faculty are in academic education for the love of teaching; they are here for the students and are dedicated to helping them learn!

  • Faculty team with our students on research and publications.
There are new opportunities for further education and clinical experiences:

Thank you for your interest in the University of New Mexico Physical Therapy Program.

We are located at the UNM Health Sciences Center campus, between the towering Sandia Mountains to the east and the Rio Grande Valley to the west. Northern New Mexico is high desert (Albuquerque sits at 5,000 ft above sea level), offering wonderful weather throughout the year. It is one of the only places in the world where one can ski in the mountains in the morning and bike in shorts in the valley the same afternoon. It is truly a special place for outdoor enthusiasts.

We are committed to student centered learning and have many non-traditional ways of learning, including: a faculty led 2-week clinical experience abroad; a rehabilitation, exercise and community health (REACH) service learning lab were students can obtain real world clinical experience beginning the first semester of the program; and simulated patient labs to address clinical skill development in a realistic setting. In addition, we offer full anatomy dissection in our state of the art gross anatomy laboratory.

Other highlights of our program include a motion analysis lab that we use for teaching, research and clinical gait analysis. Our research endeavors have grown considerably over the last few years, with active collaborations within exercise physiology, athletic training, and engineering. Additionally, we are involved with the North campus fitness center where students are paired with PT faculty on select Friday afternoons to develop custom fitness programs for UNM employees.

All in all, we are striving to provide creative ways to prepare students for the ever-evolving profession of physical therapy.
We are proud of our program and invite you to explore our website with updated news and events, attend an advisement session and contact our student success specialist Victoria Garcia or our Director of Admissions, Dr. Jodi Schilz, with any questions.


Beth Moody Jones, PT, DPT, EdD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Professor & Division Chief

Dr. Jones

Advisement

It is highly recommended that students interested in the UNM Physical Therapy Program attend a formal group advisement session to obtain the latest information about our program. These hour-long advisement sessions are held from March through September to provide an opportunity for students to gather important information about the admissions process. In-person sessions are held every other month and will be live streamed on Zoom. “Zoom only” sessions are held twice a month between the scheduled in-person sessions. All times listed are MST.

Please register for these advisements sessions by emailing HSC-UNMPTProgram@salud.unm.edu

Any additional questions can be answered by our Director of Admissions, Dr. Jodi Schilz at jschilz@salud.unm.edu or (505) 925-4218.

 

Group Advisement Sessions for 2020

Date

Day and Time

March 25

In-person & Zoom

Wednesday, 12:00 PM

April 14 

Zoom

Tuesday, 5:00 PM

May 7 

Zoom

Thursday, 12:00 PM

May 27

In-person & Zoom

Wednesday, 5:00 pm

June 11

Zoom

Thursday, 12:00 PM

June 30

Zoom

Tuesday, 5:00 PM

July 15

In-person & Zoom

Wednesday, 12:00 PM

August 5

Zoom

Wednesday, 5:00 PM

August 20

Zoom

Thursday, 12:00 PM

September 2

In-person & Zoom

Wednesday, 5:00 PM

 

Group advisement session and our website will answer 99% of your questions, any additional questions can be answered by:

 

Preview the Advisement Session Slides

For general information regarding physical therapy as a profession, and about other PT schools, visit the American Physical Therapy Association web site  or visit the PTCAS web site.

Application Process

The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.
  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution. 
  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.

 Updates to the application process as of 8/10/2020

  • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  Applicants that have shown progess toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered.


Updates to the interview process as of 9/9/2020

Due to issues surrounding having large groups of candidates on campus, we have elected to have virtual interviews. We will be holding different parts of the interview process throughout the month of December. There will be an asynchronous portion where candidates will record responses to interview questions and then a follow up synchronous meeting with the interview committee. Please see the general dates listed below. More specific detail will be posted as the date nears.

  • Asynchronous recording of interview questions will occur the Week of November 30th.
  • Synchronous follow up interviews will occur Saturday, December 12th.
  • Zoom Synchronous small group meeting with current students mid-January.
  • Admitted student day mid-January to early February where those offered admissions can come visit campus for a day.

Application changes for the 2020-2021 cycle:

Our application deadline has changed. Applications must be completed in PTCAS by October 1st. This includes the GRE. You must have taken the GRE (between October 1, 2015 – October 1, 2020). There is no longer a 1 month grace period after applications are submitted to take the GRE. You must have taken the GRE by October 1st, 2020. Please monitor that your official scores are sent from ETS to PTCAS.

Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed on the prerequisite page.

Students are admitted once a year with classes beginning in August.  We will notify applicants of admissions selections by March 1.   

Although the majority of our students are residents of New Mexico, residents of other states are invited to apply.  Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming are eligible to apply to our program under the Professional Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Please verify that your state is participating in WICHE the year in which you are applying. Students who complete the WICHE application process in their home state prior to the WICHE submission deadline and get certified as eligible for WICHE will be considered as in-state residents for admissions purposes. If you are admitted to the program as WICHE, you must complete the program and fulfill your WICHE contract.  For more information on WICHE, please visit their website at www.wiche.edu.

Female/male                               18/14

GRE Verbal (mean)                       60th percentile

GRE Quantitative (mean)              46th percentile

Prerequisite GPA (mean)               3.68

Cumulative GPA (mean)                 3.58

Instate/WICHE/Out of State        24/0/8

Requirements for a complete application include all of the following:

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in any field by the spring semester May 2021 (semester curriculum) or June 2021 (trimester curriculum).

  2. Have a cumulative GPA from all coursework, both undergraduate and graduate combined, of greater than or equal to 2.67.

  3. Complete at least 45 hours of observation in as many physical therapy practice settings as possible by October 1, 2020.

    • Applicants for the 2020-2021 cycle will have until December during the PTCAS academic update to fulfill at least 60% or 27 hours of their required 45 observation hours due to delays caused by the Coronavirus.
       
  4. Arrange for two professional references (1 must be from a PT).

    • You will have until the December academic update to receive your LORs.

  5. Order official transcripts sent to PTCAS from all colleges and universities you have attended.

  6. Take the GRE (between October 1, 2015 – October 1, 2020) with official scores sent to our program number 7670.  Meet the minimum requirements of: 25% verbal and  20% for quantitative. 

    • We will accept the at-home GRE for this requirement, however it is still due by October 1st, 2020 with your completed application.

  7. Complete 36 hours of prerequisites with a C or better AND have a prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.0. You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2020.

    • You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2021 Spring Semester. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2020 academic update, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

    • Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for any of the pre-requisite courses except for those courses taken during Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 academic semesters. We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for classes that were affected by the Coronavirus outbreak taken during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.

    • If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements and is listed appropriately on your transcript.

    • Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed on the prerequisites.

  8. Complete the PTCAS application process by October 1st, 2020.

    • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. PTCAS may encounter technical difficulties due to high volume of applications being submitted.

  9. Complete the NM Residency form if applicable, available via the provided link.

  10. Complete an academic update in PTCAS in December 2020, to update any classes listed as in progress in the Fall semester, if applicable. 

    • If you are enrolled in classes in Spring of 2021 they should also be listed in PTCAS as in progress.  Remember only one of those classes can be a prerequisite (see #7 above).
  1. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Physical Therapy Program if they are unable to meet the technical standards of the program. Technical Standards for physical therapy students are defined by the program at the provided link.

  2. If you have a physical or learning disability, you are asked to self-report your educational needs. Evaluation of the disability by a physician or other appropriate professional must be presented at the time of the report in order for accommodations to be arranged. Evaluation of the disability by a physician or other appropriate professional must be presented at the time of the report in order for accommodations to be arranged.

  3. If you are currently enrolled in classes or have not yet graduated with your bachelor’s degree, send in any updated official transcripts that show degree completion as of May 2021 (semester curriculum) or June 2021 (trimester curriculum).

Prerequisites

We rank your prerequisite GPA heavily in the application process. In order to facilitate the highest GPA possible, we recommend you do the following when selecting your prerequisite courses:

  1. Use the highest course grade possible for your prerequisite selection.  You may substitute a higher-level class for the prerequisite as long as you have taken the lower level required class.

    • As an example: you took Chemistry 1 + lab (4 cr.) your sophomore year and earned a B. Your junior year you took biochemistry + lab (4 cr.) a higher-level chemistry that had a prerequisite requirement of Chemistry 1 and you earned an A. You may use that higher-level chemistry class with the A, to match our prerequisites. Select the highest grade earned on all classes you have may have retaken.

  2. You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2020. You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2021 Spring Semester. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2020 academic update, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

  3. Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for any of the pre-requisite courses. If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements.

    • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisitie requirements.

  4. Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed above and on PTCAS.

Exercise Physiology (3 credits): Must be an advanced level (300 or higher) physiology class that is beyond the A&P requirement. The course should addresses the principles of the physiology of the human body during exercise with emphasis on the cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems. Preference is given for Advanced Exercise Physiology. Reference the Exercise Physiology tab for options.

Psychology (6 credits): You must have two psychology classes. These classes can be a combination of different classes such as Introduction to Psychology or Developmental and/or Abnormal Psychology. We recommend abnormal and/or developmental be at least one of your two courses. Not accepted: Sports Psychology or Psychology of Human Sexuality.

Statistics (3 credits): Must be a standalone statistics class (not just part of a research class).

Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits): Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the HUMAN body and organization/integration of systems. Must be taken within the last 5 years.

Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits): Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the HUMAN body and organization/integration of systems. Must be taken within the last 5 years.

Chemistry I (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Chemistry II (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Physics I (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Physics II (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

If you are unsure of how many prerequisite courses you have completed: Complete this prerequisites worksheet and send it to HSC-UNMPTrogram@salud.unm.edu along with copies of your transcripts. We will be happy to review the classes you have selected as your prerequisities and confirm/deny if they qualify.

Please remember most, if not all, of your questions can be answered at one of our Advisement Sessions. You can reference the schedule under the Advisement tab and sign up for either an in-person or Zoom session.

The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.
  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution. 
  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.

Updates to the application process as of 8/10/2020

  • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered. 


Updates to the interview process as of 9/9/2020

Due to issues surrounding having large groups of candidates on campus, we have elected to have virtual interviews. We will be holding different parts of the interview process throughout the month of December. There will be an asynchronous portion where candidates will record responses to interview questions and then a follow up synchronous meeting with the interview committee. Please see the general dates listed below. More specific detail will be posted as the date nears.

  • Asynchronous recording of interview questions will occur the Week of November 30th.
  • Synchronous follow up interviews will occur Saturday, December 12th.
  • Zoom Synchronous small group meeting with current students mid-January.
  • Admitted student day mid-January to early February where those offered admissions can come visit campus for a day.

Exercise Physiology

 

CRN# 66871 PEP 351-001 Clinical Exercise in Physical Therapy/ 3 credit hours

This course addresses the principles of the physiology of the human body during exercise with emphasis on the cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems. In addition, this course addresses an overview of selected pathological conditions of these systems relevant to the practice of physical therapy. This online course will count toward the prerequisite needed for an Exercise Physiology 300-level course.

Prerequisite: By permission of the instructor, Deborah Cornish, PT, MA  dcornish19@unm.edu 


 

 

Here are some additional options which previous students have found to complete this requirement. 

This information may change at any time.  You will have to check with each institution about enrollment procedures.

UNC Chapel Hill Friday Center For Continuing Education     EXS 3321: Exercise Physiology (Self-Paced Course)

UCLA     PHYSCI X450 from UCLA's Extension courses (This course is on the quarter system and one class alone may not meet the credit hour requirements). 

Frequently Asked Questions

The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.

  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution. 

  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.  

  • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered.


Updates to the interview process as of 9/9/2020

Due to issues surrounding having large groups of candidates on campus, we have elected to have virtual interviews. We will be holding different parts of the interview process throughout the month of December. There will be an asynchronous portion where candidates will record responses to interview questions and then a follow up synchronous meeting with the interview committee. Please see the general dates listed below. More specific detail will be posted as the date nears.

  • Asynchronous recording of interview questions will occur the Week of November 30th.
  • Synchronous follow up interviews will occur Saturday, December 12th.
  • Zoom Synchronous small group meeting with current students mid-January.
  • Admitted student day mid-January to early February where those offered admissions can come visit campus for a day.
  • What is the application deadline? 

    • Your application is due by midnight (EST) October 1st. Do not wait until the last minute. PTCAS may encounter technical difficulties due to high volume of applications being submitted.

  • How many hours should I spend observing in a PT clinic? 

    • The PT program requires a minimum 45 hours of observation, with a recommendation of at least 15 hours in 3 of the 4 types of practice settings: Inpatient, Outpatient, Long-Term Care and Pediatrics. Most applicants have a minimum of 200 volunteer hours when they apply to the program. The program recommends that you get as much exposure to the PT profession (whether from volunteer or work opportunities) as you can so that you can positively answer the question “Is PT the profession for me?” 

    • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered. 

  • I’m submitting my application through PTCAS and it says I need to also submit the residency form – I’m not from New Mexico, do I need to submit this form? 

    • This form is only required for New Mexico residents. New Mexico applicants must complete and submit the following residency information form and supporting documentation on PTCAS by October 1st.
  • Does it matter what my degree is in? 

    • No, but a 4 year bachelor’s degree is required. Your degree must be completed by May 2020 (semester curriculum) or June 2020 (trimester curriculum).

  • Does it matter what school I attended for my degree? 

    • No, it does not

  • Do I need to major in a specific area to apply to the DPT Program? 

    • No, any major is accepted as long as you have met the requirements for the program.
  • Do I send my GRE score to UNM? 

    • Submit your official GRE scores to code #7670 for the Physical Therapy Program at University of New Mexico. GRE scores for code #7670 will automatically be sent to PTCAS. Do NOT send your GRE scores to the UNM DPT Program or graduate admissions. The GRE testing must be completed by October 1st.

    • We will accept the new At-Home GRE testing being offered by ETS, but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.

  • If I repeat my GRE what scores do you use? 

    • We will utilize the highest individual score from each section, independent of the test. The GRE must be completed by October 1st.
  • What if I am taking a prerequisite class now? How do you get my grades? 

    When you submit your original application, you will list any classes that you are registered for in the fall and planning to take in the Spring as in progress. In December after your application is submitted, you will complete an academic update through PTCAS.

    • When those grades have been verified, PTCAS will automatically update the grades and update your prerequisite and cumulative GPA’s.

    • SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS TO PTCAS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN DECEMBER TO ASSURE WE HAVE YOUR UPDATED GPA. 

  • Do I have to have all the prerequisites complete before I can apply to the program? 

    No, you can be taking prerequisite classes in the Fall semester while submitting the application. Those classes must be listed as in progress in PTCAS and updated during the December academic update in PTCAS.

    • Our policy is that you are permitted to have one (1) final prerequisite to be taken during the Spring Semester after your application has been submitted. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December academic update, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

  • Can I use Advanced Placement courses for prerequisite classes? 

    If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements and is listed appropriately on your transcript.

  • Do I need to send my transcript to you or can it be sent from my school? 

    Send your transcripts to PTCAS. We are able to access your official grades and transcripts on PTCAS. 

    • If you are accepted to the program but had outstanding prerequisite coursework and/or you did not have your bachelor’s degree when you applied then you will need to send the UNM PT Program an official transcript to verify your degree status and completion of the final prerequisite class.

  • Are there any time restrictions on prerequisite courses? 

    Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years. There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria.
      
  • Can I use Web-Based courses for prerequisites?

    For the University of New Mexico (and PTCAS) to accept credits earned from a web-based course, that course must appear on a transcript from an accredited college or university. Therefore, if the online course you have taken or plan to take is offered by UNM or CNM (or any other accredited college or university), and it satisfies our requirement, the course will be accepted. All course work is verified through PTCAS. If you have questions regarding validity of an institution please contact PTCAS directly.

  • Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for prerequisitie courses except for those courses taken during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 academic semesters. We will accept pss, credit and satisfactory grades for classes that were affected by the Coronavirus outbreak during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.

 

Do I need to perform an academic update in PTCAS?  


If you have outstanding coursework, have incomplete prerequisites or are still taking any additional classes that will go into your overall GPA, you MUST complete an academic update in December. 


Applicants for the 2020-2021 cycle will have until December during the PTCAS academic update to fulfill their 27 observation hours due to delays caused by the Coronavirus.
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There are many qualities that make up a competitive candidate and although it is difficult to paint a picture of someone guaranteed to get in, here are some guidelines:

  • Excellent prerequisite GPA- higher than the minimum requirement.

    • What is a competitive GPA? The average overall GPA for the class of 2023 is 3.58, with a prerequisite GPA of 3.68. If you are near those values you would be considered competitive. The farther away you get the less competitive you are.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully complete rigorous course loads.

    • Have you taken 12+ hours of rigorous science classes together and scored A’s and B’s in those classes? This shows us you can excel in similar situations in our program.

  • Quality preparation for the GRE General Test so that you score well above the minimum requirements of 20th percentile for the quantitative section and 25th for the verbal.

    • What is a competitive GRE score? The average scores for the Class of 2023 were Verbal: 60th percentile; Quantitative: 46th percentile. Click here for more information on the GRE and for GRE Prep courses. The GRE testing must be completed by October 1st.

      • If you take the GRE 3-4 times and are not improving please consider a test prep class for test taking strategies.

  • Exposure to various specialties within physical therapy (orthopedic, pediatric, neurologic, acute care…) this helps you to understand what the field of PT has to offer and where you might fit into that. Ask Questions, talk to the people you shadow find out if PT is right for you!

    • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  Applicants that have shown progress toward completing their shadowing hours and have completed at least 60% or 27 hours of the required 45 shadowing hours by the December academic update will be considered.  

  • Wanting to help people is a noble cause however there are many types of jobs where you can help people. Being a PT is wonderful but it is not for everyone. Observation hours help you to understand the immense knowledge needed to treat patients and some of the complicated issues that go into being a PT. Knowing you have considered the career in its entirety and can talk about your ideas and goals as a future PT helps our program have confidence you have the grit to make it through the program.

The application process works in 2 parts. The first part is to present an application that aims for the best in your GPA’s, test scores, essays, and all other PTCAS application requirements so that you are considered a top applicant and granted an interview.

  • The essays in PTCAS are meant to help us get to know you better. Take the time to understand the questions and fully answer it. Be reflective and have other people read your answer to gauge if you are expressing yourself clearly.

  • Strong letters of recommendation- be sure to carefully consider the people you ask to write your letters, you want to know that they will go the extra mile and include detailed information about you because we are not allowed to call and contact them.


The interview is the second part which if granted, gives you the opportunity to let the panelists know who you are, why you want to be a PT, how you would contribute to the field, and how you will overcome obstacles to succeed once admitted. This second portion gives us the opportunity to see the whole picture.

It is important to note that the UNM DPT program is 3 years full time, with classes and clinical experiences taking place in the spring, summer, and fall semesters- it is pretty much 8-5 Monday-Friday with some weekends and many evenings required for REACH Lab and other projects. The content is compounding and rigorous even for experienced students so it is very important to have a clear plan when entering the program.

We have drafted a PDF which estimates the costs of the program. Please note that these are estimated costs and actual expenses will vary:

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