Application Process for Physical Therapy Education

Timeline for Admissions

The University of Nebraska Medical Center DPT program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants must apply online using the PTCAS application. See application on the PTCAS website. In addition to completing the centralized application, applicants will be required to complete a brief UNMC Supplemental Application. Please be aware that it can take up to 5 weeks for PTCAS to complete the review and verification of your application. Students are encouraged to apply early.

October PTCAS Application deadline. All required application materials must be received by this deadline in order to be considered as an applicant. Applicants are strongly encouraged to check their application status on PTCAS. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure all materials that must be submitted directly to the PT program have been received.

November UNMC Supplemental Application deadline. This application can be accessed with a code sent by UNMC once the PTCAS file has been processed by our office. The Admissions Committee completes the review of all applications and determines which applicants will be invited for personal interviews. Applicants with missing materials will be classified as ineligible. By early December, all applicants will be notified as to whether they are or are not being offered a personal interview.

December & January Personal interviews for selected applicants. A personal interview with the Admissions Committee is required in order to be considered for admission. Interviews will be offered to a limited number of qualified applicants before final acceptance is offered. The selection process for an interview is based on overall grade point average, math/science grade point average, scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE, and evidence of ability to successfully complete all required courses by July 15th of the year of matriculation at UNMC. In addition to the criteria for interview selection, the selection process for admittance is based on interview performance, writing skills, work history and extracurricular activities, rationale for physical therapy as a career choice and personal references. The admissions process is based upon selection of the most qualified applicants from within the current year's applicant pool. Previous applications to the program neither hinder nor assist applicants who choose to reapply in subsequent years.

Mid-to-late January. Admissions Committee decisions are made and all applicants are notified of the results by email.

July 15 of the year of matriculation, candidates who are accepted for admission with contingencies must show proof (transcripts) of successful completion of the required course work by this date. The Division reserves the right to withdraw the offer for admission if these courses are not completed by the July 15 deadline.

August Begin classes.

Alternates will not be informed of their ranking. Alternates will be notified as soon as possible about an open position for the class. If positions do not become available for alternates during a given year, they are welcome to reapply, but selection as an alternate does not guarantee acceptance in subsequent years.

Class Size: Enrollment in the physical therapy program is typically limited to approximately 50 students per year. Special consideration for admission is given to Nebraska residents and to nontraditional students who apply. Fulfillment of the basic application requirements does not guarantee admission into the professional program.

Please note: With rare exception due to medical causes, the Division does not offer deferments into the program.

Admission to the Physical Therapy Program and the privileges of the physical therapy student shall not be denied to any person because of race, age, color, disability, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status or special disabled Veteran status. UNMC complies with the Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 governing the privacy of student records.

For questions regarding the Physical Therapy Education program call (402) 559-6673 or email