Admission to the Physical Therapy Program

Physical Therapy Education Admission Fast Facts

Degree Offered
DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy

Application Deadline 

Admissions Requirements

University / College Required Prerequisites
All applicants are required to present a minimum overall quality grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Required courses must be taken for letter grades. Credits for courses in which grades below "C-" were received are not accepted in fulfillment of the individual course prerequisites listed below. For further information on how various grade point averages are calculated, see the Application Instructions published by Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for the current admissions cycle. 

Fall 2015 Entry Requirements (PTCAS Applications in summer of 2014):

 Year in Anatomy & Physiology (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses in human or vertebrate anatomy and physiology. May be fulfilled by completing one course in Anatomy and a second course in Physiology or by taking Anatomy/Physiology I and Anatomy/Physiology II.
1 Year Chemistry (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses. May be fulfilled by taking General Chemistry I and II or General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry or General Chemistry and Biochemistry.
1 Year Physics (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses (General Physics I and General Physics II). Must include mechanics, heat, light, sound and electricity. Physical Science will not fulfill this requirement. 

Minimum of 90 semester hours of transferable undergraduate credit with 3 upper division courses in the same major. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. (A maximum of 66 semester credit hours (85 quarter hours) will be accepted in transfer from community colleges.)

NEW for Fall 2016 Entry  (PTCAS applications in summer of 2015):

Bachelor’s degree required for admission. By July 15 preceding the intended fall semester date of enrollment, applicants must have successfully completed the following prerequisites in addition to the Bachelor's degree:
1 Year in Anatomy & Physiology (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses in human or vertebrate anatomy and physiology. May be fulfilled by completing one course in Anatomy and a second course in Physiology or by taking Anatomy/Physiology I and Anatomy/Physiology II.
1 Year Chemistry (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses. May be fulfilled by taking General Chemistry I and II or General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry or General Chemistry and Biochemistry.
1 Year Physics (Lecture/Lab [no online labs]) 2 semesters in sequence / 8 hours – Must be lecture/lab courses (General Physics I and General Physics II). Must include mechanics, heat, light, sound and electricity. Physical Science will not fulfill this requirement.
Biology 2 semesters/6 hours (no sequence)
Social science 2 semesters/6 hours (must include either abnormal or developmental psychology)
Statistics 1 semester/ 3 hours (any type)
Recommended courses:
Writing intensive course in any area

Please note: A maximum of 66 semester credit hours (85 quarter hours) will be accepted in transfer from community colleges.

Application Checklist

Required by the School of Allied Health Professions Academic and Student Affairs
1. On-line UNMC Supplemental Application
2. $70 non-refundable application processing fee
3. English proficiency requirement, if your native language is not English.
4. Foreign transcripts, if you completed coursework from an institution outside the USA.

Required by Division of Physical Therapy Education
1. Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) on-line application (including three (3) letters of reference).
2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are required and are submitted through PTCAS using our program code 7752. GRE scores for code 7752 will automatically be sent to PTCAS for the UNMC Physical Therapy Education program. Do NOT send GRE scores to the main university or graduate admissions. Note: New PTCAS admissions cycle begins in July. GRE scores must match the admissions cycle for which you are applying in PTCAS. Do not submit GRE scores to PTCAS prior to the new cycle. Please visit the PTCAS website to view the revised GRE instructions for new and repeat applicants. Applicants must arrange for official scores to be sent to any PTCAS GRE program codes on July 1 or later, so the GRE ScoreSelect options are reflected. The GRE test must be taken by August 15 for scores to be received by the application deadline.
3. A personal interview is required to be considered for admission. Interviews are offered to a limited number of qualified applicants before final acceptance is offered by the Admissions Committee. Accommodations to the interview schedule are at the discretion of the admissions director.

NOTE: There are no formal requirements for volunteer, observation, or employment experiences in the field of physical therapy; however, as with all career choices, a broad exposure to the field is encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to professional development and service. Preference is given to Nebraska residents. Questions regarding residency status should be directed to the Office of Academic Records 402-559-6468.


Other Admissions Tracks
See our pathway programs for additional admissions tracks.

For questions or clarification of requirements, contact Diane Landon at sahpadmissions@unmc.edu.

Admission Demographics

Application
Cycle

Applications
Received

Applicants
Accepted

 Entering
GPA Means

Entering
GRE Mean 

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

335

293

248

222

51

50

50

50

3.77

3.78

3.75

3.71 

 308*

1094

1074

1058 

 *Revised General Test Combined Verbal and Quantitative

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