University of Nebraska Medical Center

GHOP DPT Admissions Track

The Global Health Opportunities Program Doctor of Physical Therapy is a pathway for internationally trained students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy or rehabilitation related programs. The global program consists of a minimum 3-year course of study. Prospective applicants to this program are expected to secure funding for the cost of the program (3 years’ tuition & fees, books, room and board, etc.) before beginning. The UNMC College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) is committed to making health professions education accessible by reducing financial barriers for students, so they may realize their career goals. Competitive non-resident tuition scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

The GHOP Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Track:

  • Is designed for individuals who have already attained specific graduate/professional degrees (or credentials other than the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree) but wish to complete the DPT program and assume teaching and clinical roles in physical therapy, globally.
  • Prepares individuals clinically and academically for teaching and leadership roles in physical therapy education.
  • Accepts up to six (6) highly qualified applicants per year.

Program Application Process and Requirements

Step 1: Know the deadlines
Be sure you apply through UniCAS before January 15.
Step 2: Know the requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the DPT Program through the GHOP Admissions Track, potential applicants must satisfy the requirements below by January 15.

  1. Applicants must currently hold one of the following credentials or be in the final year of their program:
    • An entry-level degree (BS or MS) in physical therapy or non-US licensure/certification as a physical therapist.
  2. Applicants must have completed all of the following courses with a grade of B- or better (based on the foreign transcript evaluation performed). No online laboratories accepted for these prerequisite courses:
    • One Course in Anatomy (including laboratory)
    • One Course in Physiology (including laboratory)
    • Two Courses (1 Year) of Physics (including laboratory)
    • Two Courses (1 Year) of Chemistry (including laboratory)
    • Two Courses in Biology (labs optional)
    • Two Courses in Social Science (1 course in Psychiatry, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology)
    • One Course Statistics
    • One Writing intensive course in any area (highly recommended)
  3. Applicants must present a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 grading scale (based on the foreign transcript evaluation performed).
  4. Applicants must have attained a grade of B- or better in math and science courses and a grade of C- or better in all other courses (based on the foreign transcript evaluation performed).
  5. Applicants must present scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general test. Information about the GRE may be obtained from Educational Testing Service (www.gre.org). Specify that copies of results should be forwarded to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) under College Code 6896.
  6. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways:
    • Internet-based TOEFL exam (UNMC Institution Code 6896) with a minimum score of 95 (scores must be no more than two years old); or
    • IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0 (scores must be no more than two years old).
  7. Transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis by WES or ECE. Applicants may be required to take preadmission courses in the United States as designated by the admissions committee based on the foreign transcript evaluation.
Step 3: Notify us
Notify the following of your intent to apply:

  1. College of Allied Health Professions Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Office
  2. Contact GHOP Director
Step 4: Application process
  1. Apply using UniCAS. You must complete your online application by January 15.
  2. Follow the instructions in UniCAS to complete the application. Select the "GHOP DPT Admissions Track."
  3. Answer the UNMC specific questions in UniCAS.
  4. Upload your personal narrative/essay to UniCAS. In this narrative/essay, you will describe your career goals, your desire to become trained as an academic physical therapist, and how a graduate degree in the program would aid in achieving these goals.
  5. Upload your resume/CV to UniCAS.
  6. Provide the names and email addresses for three or four people who will write evaluations/letters of recommendation for you. UniCAS will contact the evaluators/recommenders and tell them how to submit their evaluations/letters online.
  7. Have your transcripts evaluated/translated by a credential evaluation service (ECE or WES). This must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate, the periods of education, and equivalency of each document. There will be a link within the UniCAS application to these evaluation services; clicking this link within the application will ensure that your evaluation is sent to the correct address.
    • If you have not completed your degree, please have your current transcripts evaluated. Once your degree is awarded, please resubmit your completed transcripts or official degree statement to the evaluation service so it can be added to your file.
  8. Pay the application fee of $60
  9. Send your official GRE and TOEFL test scores to UNMC from ETS (code 6896; select "no department listed") or IELTS from British Council — no photocopies.

    IELTS scores should be sent to:
    CAHP Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
    984035 Nebraska Medical Center
    Omaha, NE 68198-4035

Applicants will be interviewed via Zoom only if minimum criteria are met.

Academic policies and procedures

Students accepted into the DPT Program through the GHOP Admissions Track will be expected to comply with all requirements, policies, and procedures set forth for all students in the UNMC Physical Therapy Program.

These expectations are outlined in the following documents:

  1. UNMC Student Handbook
  2. CAHP Policies and Procedures
  3. Physical Therapy Program Student Handbook

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