How to Apply

Application Process for Physical Therapy Education

The UNMC Division of Physical Therapy Education has been granted approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) to expand our entry-level DPT program to include a branch campus. The branch campus is located at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, approximately 185 miles west of Omaha, NE. This branch campus has a capacity for up to 16 qualified physical therapist students per class. Applicants are given the option to select a preferred campus (Omaha or Kearney) on the supplemental application. Interviews will be conducted on both campuses for the applicants during the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. 

Application review: Fulfillment of the basic application requirements does not guarantee admission into the professional program. Special consideration for admission is given to Nebraska, Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming residents and to nontraditional students who apply.

Admission to the 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.

Alternates: Applicants on the alternate list will not be informed of their ranking. Alternates will be notified as soon as possible about an open position in 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.

Deferrals: The program will consider requests for a deferral of admission from accepted students with unforeseen or extraordinary extenuating circumstances. To obtain our Admissions Deferral Policy, please contact us at the phone or email listed below.

Class Size: Enrollment in the program is typically limited to approximately 50 students per year at the Omaha campus, and up to 16 students per year at the Kearney campus. During the application process, applicants have the opportunity to express their preference as to whether they wish to attend the Omaha or Kearney site and to provide written rationale for that choice.

Timeline for Admissions

July
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.

UNMC Supplemental Application Available. This application will be available between September 15th and November 10th.  Once your PTCAS application has been verified, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the UNMC Supplemental Application.

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.

February
Admissions Committee decisions are made and all applicants are notified of the results by email.

July 15 of the year of matriculation
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andidates 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.

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